I always carry mine cocked and locked. I did a quick search but didn't see a topic for my narrow question, which is: How long can you leave your 1911 cocked before it will affect spring tension? There are times I may carry during the day, leave mine in a convenient place at night, pick it up the next day, and so on, at all times keeping it cocked and locked. At what point will keeping it cocked affect mainspring tension? One manufacturer I spoke to indicated it would be "a long time" before the spring was affected, without being more specific. Do actual users have any experience to relate regarding long term usage?