How long can you keep a 1911 cocked?

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    How long can you keep a 1911 cocked?

    How long is it safe to keep a 1911 in condition one?

    Is it bad for the spring? Anything?

    Do you decock and remove the chambered round every day? Wouldn't that increase the likelihood of a ND?

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    Indefinitely (well, until it rusts into powder).

    Leaving a spring compressed (assuming modern metallurgy) does not fatigue it - it is the repeated cycling from compressed to relaxed that eventually causes springs to fail.

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    I've kept a Colt Coimmander cocked & locked as bedside gun for years with never a problem. Don't think it's an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattInFla View Post
    Indefinitely (well, until it rusts into powder).

    Leaving a spring compressed (assuming modern metallurgy) does not fatigue it - it is the repeated cycling from compressed to relaxed that eventually causes springs to fail.

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    Exactly. All of my 1911's are cocked and locked and have been since I've owned em'(except during training). They prefer it that way!
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    Keeping a 1911 cocked and locked will not fatigue the spring in any way. I'm concerned that you would concider "decocking" and removing the chambered round on a daily basis. The 1911 is equiped with a half cock notch on the hammer to help prevent ND's, but it is by no means foolproof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by automatic slim View Post
    Keeping a 1911 cocked and locked will not fatigue the spring in any way. I'm concerned that you would concider "decocking" and removing the chambered round on a daily basis. The 1911 is equiped with a half cock notch on the hammer to help prevent ND's, but it is by no means foolproof.
    It seems that everyone agrees that cocking and de-cocking daily will fatigue the spring quicker than just leaving it cocked, which wont. As to my concern from a safety standpoint, it is kinda like driving daily, eventually (statistically) you're going to have an accident. right... ?

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    If the rabbit hadn't stopped to pee, the turtle wouldn't have won the race... statistics will NOT cause you to have a negligent discharge. Negligence will.... what's your point?
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    Quote Originally Posted by usmcj View Post
    If the rabbit hadn't stopped to pee, the turtle wouldn't have won the race... statistics will NOT cause you to have a negligent discharge. Negligence will.... what's your point?
    My point is I am not going to de-cock my 1911 every day since it won't hurt the spring to keep it cocked.

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    My two 1911's have been in the ready position for a looooooong time...certainly not a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    My two 1911's have been in the ready position for a looooooong time...certainly not a problem.
    Thanks bud, I appreciate the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyC4S View Post

    How long can you keep a 1911 cocked?
    'Till you pull the trigger. Hard to keep it cocked when you do that. . .

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    I am not sure how you are considering decocking your 1911 but if it is any other method than
    remove mag,
    disengage safety,
    cycle slide to remove chambering round,
    lock slide to rear and check chamber and magwell,
    lower slide,
    either drop hammer by hand or pull trigger all depends on you.

    Done this way there is no chance of a ND or any other type discharge. Normally when I am home and carrying my 1911 I empty it at the end of the day simply because I have house guns set up for the purpose of home defense Except to change the weight on a spring for one reason or another I have never had to replace a hammer spring for being worn, but if you are looking for a specific time limit 6 years, 7 months and 14 days not a minute more.
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