Meaning of lever action

lev'er ac"tion

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a rifle action in which the extracting and ejecting of the shell case and the recocking of the weapon are accomplished by a hand-operated lever arm in front of the trigger housing.

lev•er-ac•tion

Pronunciation: (lev'ur-ak"shun, lē'vur-), [key]
— adj.
  1. (of a rifle) having a lever action.
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