Full cock, half cock, or not at all for IWB carry

This is a discussion on Full cock, half cock, or not at all for IWB carry within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by enk5 After you load one in the chamber. Decock and then carry from there. Leave the hammer in whatever position it falls. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by enk5 View Post
    After you load one in the chamber. Decock and then carry from there. Leave the hammer in whatever position it falls.
    Same here, with no safety hammer down with a loaded round in the chamber is the way to go.
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    Your gun is designed to carry hammer down first shot DA,do not carry with the hammer cocked,the decocker allows for safely returning the gun to DA after chambering a round or shooting with the gun still loaded prior to reholstering
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    DX .40 with one in the pipe. ready to go at a moments notice because that may be all you have.
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    Smolck,

    Carry it decocked with the hammer down.
    My Berettas (92FS) are DA/SA, only the decocker is also a safety.

    Many do not like or complain about DA/SA pistols, citing the long pull on the first shot and the variation in trigger pull. I do not find it to be a problem, but I have my own manual of arms for operation. If I am firing from the draw, I use a trigger squeeze draw. That means that I am depressing the trigger druing the draw and the gun fires as soon as it comes on line. The trigger squeeze draw is a good tactic for a DA/SA pistol but requires time and diligent practice to become proficient with. IIRC Jordan favored this method of draw/firing and the BP taught it up until the early 2000s. Safety is not the problem that many would imagine as with the long trigger pull I find it virtually impossible to get on the trigger and depress it to firing befor the gun is drawn and nearly on line, if your draw speed is good. From there on all rounds are single action. If I draw the weapon and do not need to fire immediately, I manually cock the hammer and it becomes similar to a 1911, with all rounds fired SA.
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    My FNP is SA/DA with a decocker. It is there for a reason-use it.
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    My Ruger P90 functions in the same manner as the OPs. I don't carry this gun often, but I recommend carrying it chambered but hammer down. I trust the gun but Murphys law and all, without having a safety I would be too concerned to carry it cocked in single action.

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    Insert the stoked magazine - chamber a round - point the firearm muzzle in a known safe direction - then use the firearm decocker which will lower the hammer down to the carry safe position and holster the firearm.

    I should add - Do not ease the hammer down with your other hand while you are using the decock feature to decock the firearm.

    Only use the decocker. That is why it is there.

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    DO NOT carry with the hammer at full cock. The gun is has no manual safety and is NOT designed to be carried in the fully cocked position. Drop the hammer using the decocking lever and carry with it in that (half cock) position.
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    Thanks to all! I have been carrying decocked and it is fine that way. Don't like the trigger pull in that mode, but as fast and accurate as this thing is, it isn't a big deal. What a gun!

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    I know this is an old thread but I'd rather keep all the info in one place. My CZ clone has a slide-mounted safety/decocker. It drops the hammer all the way down. Any reason not to pull the hammer back to half-cock and carry it that way, other than the slightly shorter distance the trigger has to go to fire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smolck View Post
    So I figured this is worth another thread. I just bought a CZ75 compact for myself and here is the issue. It has a decocker on the side and is double or single action. So in essence, I can carry hammer all the way back (shortest trigger pull), half cocked, or not cocked at all (very revolver like trigger pull and first shot this way). I always carry with one in the pipe. The gun has no manual safety to speak of. All my other guns have been revolvers or striker fired so this is my first hammered gun. What do you all do? Carry half cocked? That seems to be the preferred method, just curious.
    I have carried DA/SA guns for 15 years now. I carry hammer down. It will take some practice to get use to the trigger, but it is very easy to do. You just need to put some time in with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryball View Post
    I have carried DA/SA guns for 15 years now. I carry hammer down. It will take some practice to get use to the trigger, but it is very easy to do. You just need to put some time in with it.
    I think mine needs a spring kit, as it's insanely heavy. I hear Cajun Gun Works is pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brocktice View Post
    I think mine needs a spring kit, as it's insanely heavy. I hear Cajun Gun Works is pretty good.
    What kind of weapon??
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    I have always heard you should never go off half cocked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryball View Post
    What kind of weapon??
    You beat me to the question, Harry. I too have a CZ (Compact) clone (mine's a Tri-Star) but mine has a safety instead of a decocker.

    I can safely carry it cocked & locked and I don't mind a DA first shot in the least but if I wish to run it that way I must manually decock it.

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