I know that a lot of people who CCW with SA weapons such as 1911's carry cocked and locked, that is with the hammer drawn and the safety on. While I do not believe this practice to be inherently unsafe, I know a lot of people who are not comfortable with it. I don't really mind it, but when I really think about it from my point of view, I start to think, "What's the point?"
The obvious answer is that it is a simpler matter to click the safety down and be ready to fire than to draw the hammer back. True, it is a smaller motion. But we are of course still talking about two distinct motions being require to fire. So you either have to release the safety and pull the trigger or pull back the hammer and pull the trigger.
When I analyze the way I carry and draw, I find that the backwards motion of the thumb on the hammer as the weapon is leaving the holster and coming up to ready position, is a much more natural motion, sort of working with the rotation of my wrist as I draw from the 4 o'clock position, rather than against it. Whereas if the hammer is back and the safety is on, my thumb must move against the prevailing motion of my wrist and hand. I know this sounds confusing, but if you try it for yourself, or even mimic the action of drawing from the hip, I think you'll get what I'm talking about. It just feels more "natural" to me to be drawing back the hammer in combination with the draw motion, than it does to be thumbing down the safety in combination with the draw motion. This motion is of course even smoother if the gun is carried at half-cock.
I'm not trying to influence the way anyone carries. I just wanted to get my thoughts down in black and white and share them. It just seems to work better for me to carry hammer-down and not have to fiddle with the safety rather than cocked-and-locked.
It seems to me, at least with my gun, that the half-cock position is not very far off from the hammer-down postion. The end of the hammer just barely clears the back of the slide. Of course, the hammer must still be drawn the rest of the way back for the trigger to have any effect. This gun also features a good strong firing pin block. Does anyone have any thoughts on the safety of carrying it at half-cock, safety off? This seems to me to provide the quickest, most natural draw motion.