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Cocked & Unlocked?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by GunFighter45ACP, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. GunFighter45ACP

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    Any thoughts on carrying this way? This would be:

    1. With an appropriate 1911 thumb break holster.

    2. I'm a Southpaw & the pistol in question is one of both sentimental & monetary value that I would not want to modify w/an ambi safety.
     
  2. glockfan9

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    wouldnt this be the same way as carrying a loaded glock?
     

  3. GunFighter45ACP

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    aside from the exposed hammer, yes it could be similar.
     
  4. Cerebrus

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    Lefty or not.. the only way I would carry is cocked and locked.. its still a quick thumb movement
     
  5. Harvick

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    Naw.... at least not with a 3lb trigger. I'd only carry a 1911 like it was designed, cocked and locked.
     
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    Me personally, I wouldn't carry that way. Just my 2¢.
     
  7. bac1023

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    No its not.

    Carry a 1911 cocked and unlocked is not real safe, grip safety or not. The trigger is just too light for comfort, in my opinion.

    Get a 1911 with an ambi safety or carry something else.






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  8. Quack

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    i've carried cocked and unlocked, but that was unknown to me (ambi flipped to the off position)

    while it wouldn't be my 1st choice, you could do it, especially if the thumb break covers the rear of the slide blocking the hammer.

    would i recommend it? no, but you could wear it in this fashion (w/o a round chambered) around the house doing your normal stuff to see where your comfort level is.

    i would recommend training with the single sided safety and carry it C&L'd
     
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    it would be close to carrying a XD/XDm
     
  10. bac1023

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    Maybe Quack, but the trigger on those is much longer and a bit heavier on average.

    I'd be afraid of an AD just gripping the 1911 to remove it from my holster.
     
  11. PigButtons

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    Here I go again, sticking my finger in the puddin'.

    Why not try condition 2 and cock on the draw.

    (for all of you afraid to lower the hammer on a loaded chamber :crying:)
     
  12. Hokie1911

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    :popcorn: This should be good.
     
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    I've carried my 1911 cocked & unlocked around the house, unloaded of course just out of curiousity. It didn't fire but i don't see the point in taking the risk of doing it as a method of carry.
     
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    Why lower the hammer on a live round in a 1911?

    Much easier to flip the safety on with your thumb.

    It is how I carry my Springfield.

    :cool:
     
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    you can do it, but i wouldnt recommend it. I agree with BAC. Install an ambi safety. Its not that big of a deal and if you want to change it back you can simply swap your originial back in. If not, carry something else
     
  17. GunFighter45ACP

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    OK, thanks. I've been leaning towards hammer down/empty chamber carry & this pretty much confirms it. My other 1911s all have ambis & when carrying them I always go C&L.
     
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    It is probably safe to do so, but I wouldn't do it.

    Think about how you would explain this to a jury of non gun people.
     
  19. Trey83

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    You may want to consider just carrying the other 1911's that have the ambis. You want everything to be as familiar as possible in the event that you need to defend yourself.It will take you longer to chamber a round than flip off a safety and that is assuming you have a free hand to chamber the round.

    I started carrying a Glock because I just couldn't get comfortable enoungh with the first DA shot of the Sig I used to carry.
     
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    I'm not so sure its even that safe.

    We all talk about trigger discipline. However in a hurry, it sure wouldn't take much to have an accidental discharge when drawing the pistol.

    1911 thumb safeties against the plunger tube are a good deal heavier than their triggers, which are generally light with virtually no travel whatsoever.







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