I have a quick operational question for someone that may know more than I do.....(i.e. anyone else). I have a friend that carries a Colt Officers model 1911. The other day I noticed he was carrying with the hammer down, so I asked him why he didn't carry it chambered and ready to go. His reply was that he does chamber a round, but then safely drops the hammer because he just feels safer than with the hammer cocked and the safety on. I do not carry a 1911 for this same reason, I am just not comfortable with the SA only trigger, even with a manual safety.
Anyway, to my question....when a round is chambered, the hammer is cocked thus setting the firing pin in "ready to release" mode which is initiated by the trigger pull, thus dropping the hammer and BOOM! When he safely lowers the hammer on a loaded chamber, does the 1911 set up reset the firing pin (or engage a block of some kind) until the hammer is pulled back, or is the pin still tensioned ready for release?? My thought here is what if the hammer gets a good bump or jolt....could that release the pin ultimately causing the gun to discharge at an inopportune time??
I hope that makes sense. thanks for your thoughts.