Post By pocketgroove
July 12th, 2012 09:45 PM
Colt 1911 Conceal Carry, cocked vs uncocked
How many of you carry your 1911 with the hammer cocked. I have seen the holsters that have the strap between the hammer and the action when carrying the 1911 is in cocked position. The 1911 is a safe firearm for the most part, but it would make me a little nervous to carry one that is cocked. I know it is faster to pull and operate if it is cocked. Just wondering if anyone carries the 1911 in a holster with the hammer already cocked. I would think by the time you released the strap on the holster you could have already manually cocked the hammer.
July 12th, 2012 09:50 PM
Cocked and Locked. It's the only way to carry one. You CANNOT engage the thumb safety with the hammer down/half cocked. It has to be fully cocked in order to engage the safety.
Originally Posted by Stoner
I carry in a 'small' clam-shell holster on my right hip and have never had any problem with the safety being switched off. It's too clumsy and too hard to draw, cock the hammer and fire- versus drawing, thumbing the safety off, and firing.
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July 12th, 2012 09:54 PM
+1 cocked and locked. I use either a Galco Concealable belt holster or a Galco King Tuck IWB holster. Neither have a retention strap, but they both have built-in shields on the body side to help lock the thumb safety in the "on" position. Come to think of it, I don't believe I own even a single holster with any sort of retention strap or buckle. Hmmmmm.....
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July 12th, 2012 09:55 PM
If you can't trust yourself to keep your thumb off the safety and your finger off the trigger...how can you trust that little piece of leather?
July 12th, 2012 09:57 PM
When carrying a 1911, I carry cocked and locked, in an open top holster, there is no need to carry a 1911 any other way.
The firearm is perfectly safer to carry in that manner. It is more dangerous to carry it with the hammer down actually, in part because that requires you to pull the trigger and lower the hammer on a loaded chamber.
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July 12th, 2012 10:01 PM
This topic was covered pretty well in this recent thread:
New To Carrying
You can read over the link above, but start with these two sources:
Originally Posted by limatunes
Originally Posted by JD
You will also find that many of us that carry 1911s do so with open top holsters. The strap isn't just about blocking the firing pin but keeping the gun secure, with a proper fitting holster the strap is largely not needed.
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