This is a discussion on Question for 1911 guys - safety on or off? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Thumper DANG! I ain't gonna mess with you Rugergirl! (blush) and I felt slow and clumsy, knowing I was being timed. I ...
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The maximum effective range of an excuse is zero meters.
For the 1911, P 35 and other handguns similar to the browning design, I carry with the safety engaged.
IMHO only a fool would do otherwise.
When carrying a1911 platform it is in condition ONE and Locked and COCKED
If the 1911 is holstered, and there's a round in the chamber---the safety should be ON.
No ifs, ands or buts.
"I've run across shooting after shooting where the defender shot a violent aggressor with a .380 and did little to immediately stop his depredations. A good hollow point load in 9mm or .38 Special will, historically, end lethal assaults more quickly."
~ Massad Ayoob
Another vote for thumb safety on. I carry my Randall Raider - one in the pipe, full cock, safety on.
"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups"
Add one more for carrying the 1911 WITH the safety on.
"Gun control is being able to hit your target."
I always carry a 1911 Condition One: Round chambered, hammer cocked, safety on.
I carry a Browning Hi-Power in the same condition.
"We're paratroopers. We're supposed to be surrounded!" Dick Winters
Please , safety on !
We live in a society where pizza gets to your house before the police
Wow, a 100% consensus and I concur too. There goes another trite saying down in flames - "The only safety you need is the one between your ears."
BTW, an XD is carried fully cocked but not locked. And if I understand it correctly, an M&P is even more cocked and not locked due to a pivoting trigger sear - quite similar to a 1911 pivoting trigger sear.
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This is a no-brainer. Keep the safety engaged.
'Be careful, even in small matters' - Miyamoto Musashi
Practice, Practice, Practice drawing the weapon and kicking the safety off. If you practice this enough you will do this during a stressful situation.
When I carried my 1911, I carried with one in the chamber, cocked, and safety on. Condition 1, cocked 'n' locked or whatever you want to call it, but ready for action with a flick of the thumb and slight pressure on the trigger.
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