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Is Carrying a 1911 Cocked and Locked Safe


Hi. This is Joel Persinger. I’m the Gun
Guy. Thank you very much for watching my
videos. I really deeply appreciate it. Now, if you’ve watched my videos very much, you
know I did a video not long ago on the Beretta 92FS and in that video I expressed
why I don’t particularly like that particular design of gun. It’s a great gun. It just doesn’t fit me
and one of the reasons why I prefer a 1911. Now, that started a whole
controversy because I expressed the fact that I had carried the gun for many
years, a 1911, in what’s called condition one, which is cocked and locked. And I had
lots of people say, “that’s safe” and, “it’s not safe” and so on. And it was this whole
argument that went on. So, I thought I would create a video for you explaining
what is considered the most safe and why. Now, before I get started let me just
share with you that I have carried a 1911 since I bought it in 1978, I think,
or 79. And, originally I carried it in this holster right here. This is an old
Text Shoemaker duty holster. And, it just has a thumb snap on it and I still have
the holster. And, no, the gun has not graced this holster in quite some time.
But, this is an old Text Shoemaker basketweave duty holster I carried the gun
in for a long time. And, in this holster you cannot carry the gun unless it’s
cocked and locked, because the thumb strap is what is in the middle. It won’t fit unless it’s cocked and
locked and the thumb strap goes in between the hammer and the gun. Then, for many years I also carried it in this
holster, which is a Bianchi number 4 concealment holster. And, this is a great
holster. I still occasionally carry the gun in that. And, obviously it has no
thumb strap at all and no retention other than the retention of the holster.
The gun, I’ve carried always cocked and locked. All right… But, before I get into
condition 1, 2, & 3, which are the differences. Let’s talk about whether the gun is safe
in the first place. All right. I have had many people say if
you carry the gun cocked and locked and you drop it, it’s going to go bang. Okay, well, unfortunately the statistics
say otherwise and so, let’s talk about that briefly. First of all, I don’t know how many
multiple millions of 1911 have been created since the dawn of when they were
built… And actually designed back, I believe in 1910, and adopted by
the United States Military in 1911. They are over 100 years old in design and
multiple millions of them have been sold to government agencies, military, police,
and civilians. And, over that span of time I’m sure that many of those folks have
dropped the gun. If it went off constantly every time it was dropped, we’d be hearing about it in the news ad
infinitum. It is one of the most popular pistol designs in the United States
today, and indeed, civilians carry them all over the place, including me. And, a
lot of them carry them cocked and locked. Excuse me. Not only that, they’re carried
by the military, probably in condition 3. We’ll talk about in a minute. And, there are many police officers today
that carry them in a cocked and locked condition, including many SWAT agencies, carry them. I know of two or three just right off the top of my head that carry,
as their duty pistol for their Special Weapons officers and Special and
Response Team officers is a 1911 carried in condition one cocked and locked. So, if
they were dangerous. we’d hear about it constantly in the
news. That’s the first thing. I can tell you specifically that I know of many,
many, many, many, instances that I have read about in industry magazines, and law
enforcement magazines, and so on, where officers have dropped the pistol while
wrestling with a suspect, it’s landed on the ground and not gone
off. Where they’ve been in traffic accidents, or banged up against heavy
pieces of equipment and the gun has actually been bent, or damaged, or
the hammer bent, or the hammer broken off. The gun did not fire and did not go off.
I can tell you of one instance I read about in an industry magazine many years
ago where an officer was wrestling with a suspect on a multi-story parking lot. The gun got loose and went off the side
of the parking lot several stories, hit the ground on the hammer, broke the
hammer completely off the gun, and the gun did not go off. I personally was
chasing an individual, who needed to be chased at the time, across a parking lot
when my gun popped out of that very Text Shoemaker holster I showed
you a moment ago, and landed on the concrete and the gun did not go off. So,
there are countless examples of 1911s being dropped, banged against, bent, damaged, crashed in cars, and all kinds of other
things without the guns going off when they’re cocked and locked. So, just so that
you know, there’s a tremendous amount of evidence that shows that carrying it
cocked and locked is entirely safe from the standpoint of the pistol dropping,
crashing, banging, bending, whatever… and not going off now. Now, there’s the other
thing to look at. If you owned… think about it. If you owned a manufacturing business in the United States today and you manufactured
a product that every time that product was dropped it could kill someone, how long would you be in business? You would
have been sued into oblivion a very long time ago. You would not exist. You
would have no money. Your company would be gone, and that product would never be
made by another company as long as Time In Memoriam. It would never be made, ever. Because, that thing is inherently
dangerous. A 1911 style pistol would certainly not be sold in a state like
California that forces these companies to do drop tests on these things in
order to be able to sell them here in the first place. And yet, I can stand here… you can do it
probably better than I… and I can list the dozen or so companies who currently
make 1911 style pistols and sell them in droves to military, law enforcement,
security officers, and civilians, who carry them almost entirely, with
exception the military probably, in condition one cocked and locked. If it wasn’t safe to do so it, wouldn’t
be being done. So, that’s one argument that I think we
need to look at, when we look at these things. The idea that the 1911 is inherently
dangerous when carried cocked and locked is absolutely, completely, and totally a myth. It just is. Now you may disagree with me.
I get it. I understand. We can agree to disagree. But, I… Unfortunately,
in this argument, you’re going to lose this argument because I’ve got the facts
on my side. Is it possible you could drop in 1911 and it
would go off? Sure. That’s also possible with any other
gun. Like a Glock, which is my understanding that the striker is
half-cocked all the time, or Springfield XD, again my understanding is the
Springfield XD striker is at full cock all the time
with a loaded chamber. Now, I believe that’s true. If it isn’t, please
correct me. But, if it is what’s the difference between a polymer
pistol with a full cocked striker on a loaded chamber and a 1911 with a full
cocked hammer and a thumb safety on a chamber? Now, here’s one more argument before I
show you the conditions 1, 2, and 3. If John Browning didn’t intend for the
1911 to be carried cocked and locked, why did he put a thumb safety on it in the
first place? You will notice, if I pull this pistol
out, that with the hammer not cocked the safety won’t move. It does not engage. It
will not do anything. The only time that safety will engage is when the hammer is cocked. So, if John Browning didn’t expect it to
be carried this way, why would he create a safety that could only be used when
the hammer is cocked. So, now let’s get into the three ways
that you can carry a 1911 loaded. Since one is called condition 1, that
sort of hints that there might be a condition 2, and there actually is a
condition 3. Let’s start out with condition 3. Condition 3 with a 1911
means that when you’re carrying the gun you’re carrying it with a loaded
magazine. This one isn’t. But, that’s what we’re going to be carrying it with. We’ll
pretend. And, you’ve got an unloaded chamber. The hammer is down on an unloaded
chamber. The magazine is loaded, and the gun is
holstered. And that’s condition 3. That means that when you draw the gun you
have to draw the gun, rack the slide, and that loads of a round before you can
actually engage your your target, whatever that may be, whatever bad guy or person that you’re dealing with. That is arguably the safest way to carry the
1911 pistol. It’s also arguably the slowest way to get the darn thing into
action and it does create a problem when you have to use that extra hand. It might
be busy doing something else. Now, condition 2 is a different way of doing
it. With condition 2, you have a loaded magazine. you have a loaded chamber. So, magazine in the gun, chamber racked, loaded chamber. And now, you have to lower the hammer… press the trigger and lower the
hammer safely without firing the gun. In order to get the gun in action once it
is holstered, that means you’ve gotta draw the pistol, cock the hammer, and then
the gun is in action. Now, that’s a little quicker than condition 3. But, it does have its own issues and one
is, there are documented cases where people in the process of cocking the
hammer with their finger on the trigger have had the hammer slip off of their
thumb and the gun has gone bang. There have been many, many, many,
documented cases of people loading the gun. once it’s all done, and pressing the
trigger to let the hammer down, and having it slip loose, and the gun goes
bang. So, you know… one of the old jokes is that, this method is best used when
you’re standing in your grassy backyard, or on a mound of dirt, or in a freshly
planted filled out a farm, or somewhere, anywhere, that the ground is really soft
so that you don’t have around ricocheting all over the place every
time you load your gun or try to holster it. So, it’s not the most safe way to
carry the gun. I would say of the three, this is the least safe way to do
it, because it is the most prone to accidents when you’re trying to decock
the hammer. Now, there are many who have said, “I’ve carried the gun in condition 2 for decades and I’ve never had a problem.” You know… that’s true.
There are many people who have carried the gun that way and never had a problem. There are also many people who have tried to carry the gun that way and had a problem. So, just because you haven’t, doesn’t mean
that many people haven’t. Many people actually have. Condition 1 is where the
hammer is cocked on a loaded chamber and the safety is engaged and the gun is
holstered. The thumb simply disengages the safety as the gun rotates forward
and then the fingers kept off the trigger until such time as you’re ready
to shoot. That’s just a training issue, isn’t it. This
has been proven, over many decades, to be a safe way to carry the gun and it is,
without question, the fastest way to get the gun into action. Anyway… thank you again for watching. If
you are not a member of the NRA and you like videos, I want to urge you to join.
I’ve got a link right here for you to do that. It will save you a little bit of
money and you can join the NRA for less than the cost of a box of ammunition for
a year. Likewise, if you carry a gun like I do
every day, or you have a gun for home defense, or you might need a gun to
defend yourself and ever use it, you’re going to get sued, arrested and
all these other horrible things. It doesn’t really matter what state you’re
in. These things are really possible. They can devastate your life and you end up losing everything after you fought
off a criminal. it’s weird that the United States is like that. But, it is. Worse so in my state than in some. But,
pretty much the same around the country and that’s why I use a service called
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you to check it out too. They’ll provide you with some money for
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you immediately. So, you can get that attorney between you and the police when
they want to pepper you full of questions. And you’re frightened and
nervous and full of adrenaline. That’s a worse time in the world to be
answering questions put to you by the police. In fact, my suggestion is you
don’t answer any questions at all. You get your attorney between them and you
wait until you calm down. And you speak to your attorney only. Well… in order to
have an attorney in the middle of night, unless you are an attorney, or your
best friend is, or something, you’re going to need one that’s actually
available. Because most of them are at home sleeping. If that’s the case, having a service
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a service we use for our family and I urge you to check them out for yours. Thank you again for watching. Have a
wonderful week and please, be safe.

100 thoughts on “Is Carrying a 1911 Cocked and Locked Safe

  1. More than half of this video is the author drawing conclusions on safety using faulty logic (up to 7:30), so that nothing of value is contributed to the topic of safety of the cocked and locked position. Many times invokes an Appeal from Ignorance; e.g., "…if the cocked and locked position wasn't safe, then companies would be sued to oblivion!" or "…if John Browning didn't intend you to carry cocked and locked, then why won't it engage unless hammer cocked?" This type of reasoning doesn't advance understanding of whether or not cocked and locked is actually safe. In fact, the viewer is still left wondering why cocked and locked is safe at all, because the author didn't say anything concrete about it one way or the other.

    What would have been useful is to illustrate the mechanism of the safety, how it engages and disengages and how it being engaged interferes mechanically with the hammer operation once the trigger is pulled. Some comments on how the safety could fail then be helpful. Some statistics about negligent discharges with or without the safety being engaged would have been nice to see, which can help to establish intuition from data rather than from anecdotes.

  2. Almost six years in the service I carried a 1911 and it was always ready to go. I never had a problem of it going off.
    They are just a very safe gun to carry but """IN A HOLSTER""" on your belt. I don't think it would be very comfortable sticking it in your waistband but it would still be safe carrying it that way.
    Ronnie

  3. Thanks for your video! It was very informative and helpful. I just bought my first 1911 and was curious how safe is cocked and locked. Now I know it’s very safe 😀.

  4. For some reason cock and locked is not safe on my llama 45 omni. Slight movements decocks my hammer and the trigger goes off by it self . But when I'm cocked loaded no safe hammer down . The hammer doesn't move at all the only way is if the trigger is pulled

  5. I think it is the visual of a cocked hammer that causes the problem for so many…….when a striker is cocked, you don't have the visual you do of that external hammer. I agree, it is very safe in condition 1. My problem with condition 2 is the firing pin sitting directly on the primer. I am guessing that it is rare that an event could cause the gun to fire in that condition. However, I just don't feel comfortable with anything making contact with the primer until I am in the process of firing the gun. When it comes to a mini 1911 (which is one of my carry guns), I wish it had a grip safety. However, I still feel comfortable in condition 1 with the safety on………

  6. If you drop a 1911 in condition 2, and the hammer hits the concrete fairly hard, would the gun fire? If the hammer is down against the firing pin, isn't the firing pin against the primer? If so, how much force would it take to fire a round by striking the hammer?

  7. I think people don't understand how the 1911 works and it scares them to see the hammer cocked. Intuitively to them, it seems like the gun is in a condition where it could easily go off. And if they knew how the safeties work they'd know the multiple layers of safety on a 1911 are infinitely better than the plastic trigger safety on like a glock.

  8. Have several plastic guns, then I thought what the heck a 1911 would be different ! Best pistol I have ever shot. My favorite.

  9. Decades ago I had a colt 1911 that I shot a lot. One day I was out shooting my favorite pistol & it ran dry so I inserted a new mag. hit the slide stop/release & the slide went down & so did the hammer resulting in a ad. I took it to my gunsmith & he found a small chip in the hammer & he believed it sheared off resulting in the pistol firing. Why the half cock did not catch the hammer remains a mystery. He ordered a new hammer from colt, fitted it & I never had a problem.

  10. I'm coming around to wanting an exposed, hammer-fired pistol rather than the striker-fired. . I've seen the videos of negligent discharges when removing from, or returning to, the holster. Double-action-only and Striker-fired semi-automatic pistols seem more prone to bone-headed mistakes by shooters. I can be bone-headed. I grew up handling long guns with the chamber carried empty until right before it was needed. We were taught to not trust safeties. I didn't use them. None of us had a pistol or revolver. Neither shotgun nor rifle gets a cartridge in the chamber until just before you need it. I still believe that's usually right…for long guns. Even though I know that method doesn't quite apply the same to modern pistols, I still hate to completely trust one selector safety switch. I don't want fast draw, but I don't really want to rack a slide to meet an emergency. Having a grip safety, trigger link- firing pin block, thumbable hammer, and safety thumb switch seems to offer the smartest options to carry with. I want drop-safe, and bonehead-proof. I have about decided to next buy a light, compact,semi-automatic DA/SA with thumb safety, or perhaps an SA-only. It's just a matter of finding the right model.

  11. Incorrect on the drop safe part. Glocks literally can’t go off if you don’t pull the trigger. You could throw it off the Empire State Building it will break into a million pieces but never discharge. There’s literally physical metal blocking the firing pin from being hit not counting the fact that the gun isn’t fully “cocked” please do some research. Glocks are the safest pistols on the market. If you don’t pull the trigger it will not go off. Someone or something absolutely HAS to depress the trigger.

  12. Condition 3 ?????. Draw the weapon , make it ready to use ( requiring both hands to work the slide ) , and then proceed???. If someone really wants lose a gunfight –thats the way to do it !. In addition , the only failure I have had ( Glock ) was when I mishandled the slide when chambering. This was at a range with no stress involved . Condition 1 is the right way .

  13. Series 70 condition 1 with standard firing pin ( not titanium ) has enough inertia to hit primer hard enough to fire the chambered cartridge if pistol lands on muzzle on a hard surface .. can't deny the laws of physics .

  14. John Browning invented the 1911 with the intention of it being carried cocked and locked. It has two safeties, both located for quick one handed use. That’s two more safeties than most modern pistols. Further more most modern striker fired pistols like Glocks are cocked. If you chamber a round the gun is automatically cocked with only a trigger safety. So the answer is YES a 1911 is safe cocked and locked. Remember your finger is the only safety that matters.

  15. Condition 1: That's how I carry my Ruger LC9S!! I don't want to have to rack the slide in a BAD situation.. I wanna pull the gun, swipe the safety and pull the trigger…. That's why I wanted my CC WITH a safety!!! It's an easy training issue!!! 1: Swipe thumb 2: Aim 3: pull trigger!!
    I was once a liberal who bought his own 22 at 12 YO !!! I NEVER thought guns would be taken away … I even believed the Clinton/ Bush ban was OK because it only affected "COMMIE GUNS used by GANGSTERS who were no good.
    After Fast and Furious I SAW THE LIGHT!! I never thought our government would stoop to this!!! After that, I became a gun enthusiast! The media is encouraging a war against white gun owners!! PERIOD!!

  16. Condition 1 is the only way to go,,,,condition 2 you can shoot yourself, condition 3 you will get shot by the offender before you can return fire.  Just as soon throw a rock at him

  17. Striker fire guns freak me the fudge out. SA only freaks me out too. That’s why I like SA/DA guns. I have no scientific evidence to be freaked out by striker and SA guns it’s just peace of mind for me. That said I own striker and SA guns and I love them. I really love my 1911.

  18. A cocked & locked 1911is as safe as any other gun. The reason that the 1911 design never saw wide spread use among US police is not safety, rather is was what management considered "bad optics". In other words, decision makers thought the public would recoil from seeing a cocked pistol in an officer's holster. In reality very few people would even know the difference.

  19. If you pocket carry a small 1911 how would you do it? I want a pocket carry with a manual safety but I knew a friend's Navy father shot his leg from the pocket.

  20. This is why I only carry a series 80 colt combat commander. I have no issue with cocked and locked on a series 80 gun. Just me…. However I just carry the 1911 when I'm being fancy. My edc is a glock 19….

  21. WW1,WW2, Korea, Vietnam and countless years of law enforcement throughout the in addition to civilians all over the place over many years with no problems. This question generally comes up with people that come into to buy guns from me that no experience will say I’ll never carry cocked n locked ( condition 1) but they have little and most likely never have had to rack the gun while under attack

  22. The army required the grip safety as a drop safety for their Calvary pistol. It worked then it works now.
    Firing pin safety and such devices are for California.

  23. where I do have full faith in capitalism your example of a company producing a gun that when dropped would go out of business, is foolish especially in light of the last three years. or did you miss the Sig US Army contract snafu? you know the new gun constantly going off when dropped which was just one of the problems of that gun. no Sig did not go out of business, they recalled all the guns both from the military and civilian markets and replaced them after fixing the problem. so you get a big fail with that argument.

    drop tests are required by federal law not only the people's socialist state of California.

    second, the reason people say the 1911 is unsafe to carry in a condition 1 or cocked and locked has nothing to do with dropping the weapon. it has to do with training and or the lack there of. people carry the weapon in condition 1 and when they need it their finger goes right on the trigger thus shooting themselves. now you may say that you have not heard of that being the case, I have worked in the ems field both civilian and military since 1982 and I can tell you first hand that happens all the time.

    the most common reason the 1911 has for being unsafe for condition 1 has to do with it's use by the military. not only lack of training times, but also that a military gun is going to see and endure abuses that the civilian world won't. and if anything hits that firing pin the gun goes bang. that is why for the longest time the standard training in the military was to carry it without a round in the chamber.

  24. Accidental discharges in 1911 were not frowned on nearly as bad as they are today. Especially when doing something like reaching for the hymnal in church. So no condition 1 for me unless I'm in Walmart on Black Friday.

  25. This video was so helpful and informative. I honestly was so confused when a friend showed me his 1911, as i'm really only used to using a Glock 19. The explanation of the 3 conditions of carry was thorough and easy to understand. I was always confused how in movies they always show a guy cocking the hammer while aiming at someone else. But apparently it's because they keep their guns in condition 2. Thanks for the video

  26. Just becuz John Browning added a safety to his design, that locks the hammer after it is cocked, DOESN'T necessarily mean he intended the gun to be carried ALL DAY long that way.

  27. 2 or 3 levels of saftey. Grip saftey, manual saftey, striker block in a series 80. I personally carry a series 70 condition 1 and trust the gun to not go off unless intended. Have NDs and ADs happened of course but they've happened to everyone. Only ND I've ever been witness to a friend disassembling a m&p 9c with a live round in the chamber and pulling the trigger to break it down. Gun went off and put a hole in my dresser. Thank god for solid furniture.

  28. Thanks for sharing and for the information 😉 gun safety is always a must also we live in the world today where u gotta carry to be safe unfortunately

  29. Well done and it all makes perfect sense. You make an excellent point about striker-fired pistols that are partially or full-cocked when there's a round in the chamber. I never thought of that. The fear of carrying a 1911 cocked and locked is strictly the scary look of the gun in condition 1 so it's just a matter of psychology. Thanks for posting this.

  30. Great video, just took delivery of my Springfield Range Commander, 5" barrel. Love it, fits my hand perfectly. Going to take training too so as not to blow my balls off, HA !

  31. Total respect for you thank you for your time and teachings I just bought a Kimber ultra covert ii , still waiting 10 days on that though

  32. Carrying a 1911 in condition 1, cocked and locked, is absolutely safe. The Gun was designed to be carried that way. Like any other Firearm platform, you must train with it to be proficient in it's use.

  33. The military replaced the 1911 with POS M9 Barretta. The Military only carry a pistol or a rifle cocked and locked is in a war zone, when ordered to.

  34. ~For 50 years the 1911 has been and is still to this day my favorite handgun. At home, my 1911 is in condition 3. When I'm carrying my 1911 outside my home, it is in condition 1.
    ~I never use condition 2 because it is definitely too easy for the hammer slip out of your fingers and causing a discharge.
    ~I use CCW Safe for my Insurance provider. I don't leave home without it.

  35. On the idea that you can't get away with selling unsafe products in the US today… That doesn't really apply to old products. Bikes would probably be banned nearly everywhere, if they were introduced today, do you think they would be legal on the road? But the 1911 has been around over 100 years, so it gets a pass. And most importantly, federal legislation had to be passed to make firearms companies sue proof.

  36. Condition 2 is bad for anyone who happens to have slippery thumbs. This is known as Slippery Thumb Syndrome and it effects over 100 million Americans. Ask your doctor about Thumbaltrex if you or someone you love suffers from slippery thumb.

  37. Any man who complains that carrying a 1911 cocked and locked needs to rummage through his wife's night stand drawer and see if he can find his balls. Then reattach them when she's not looking.

  38. Cocked and locked is safe. Especially for the bad guys when you forget to deactivate the safety when trying to fire at them

  39. Myth busters did a segment on a 1911 being dropped on a concrete floor 6ft straight down with the hammer back and the pistol fired when it landed on it's muzzle

  40. Double action auto is the answer to a question which doesn't exist'. cocked and locked. 1911 is the finest pistol design IMHO ever made.

  41. I’m not military and not police.
    I carry my Kel-Tec .32 everywhere un chambered.
    I’ve yet in 30 years to be attacked by hordes of anything. So the idea of carrying something cocked and locked is silly.
    You just like the look
    Just carry a concrete block.
    It’s smaller and easier to conceal.

  42. (4:45) “If you owned a manufacturing business, in the United States today, and you manufactured a product that every time that product was dropped it could kill someone, how long would you be in business?”

    What about bomb manufacturers? They seem to be doing just fine.

  43. I live in Texas and I feel so bad for y'all out there in California. all I can say is, I ask all of you out there in the law enforcement, please do not enforce these corrupt unconstitutional gun laws..

  44. John Browning didn’t design the 1911 with a safety. The safety was added at the request of the US Calvary.

  45. I own a 1944 , colt 1911. We're not allowed to carry/use in self defense. Only crimminals carry/use firearms/commit offenses. Regards from the nanny country where strict firearm laws have failed for law abiding licensed citizens, 🇦🇺.

  46. OUTSTANDING FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHAT HES TALKING ABOUT. BECAREFUL ON WHO YOU WATCH AND BELIEVE.

  47. It is one of the coolest guns ever 1911 and cz 75 models will be in use until we evolve into a species that can kill with thoughts alone.

  48. While I cannot carry in LA County, I use one of my many 1911's as my primary HD gun. Always cocked and locked– only way to go. Of course if we ever have guests at our house, etc, that gun goes in the safe.

  49. A captive firing pin(series 80), if you drop a 1911A1 the firing pin is not captive and can move by inertia( thing in motion tend to stay in motion)
    If you don't believe me, go to the range, put a live round into the chamber, POINT THE GUN DOWN RANGE, and drop the slide release.
    The slide will stop at battery and the firing pin will continue to move till it hits the primer, BOOM
    you can install an extra power firing pin spring to reduce the chance of an accidental discharge.

  50. I'm absolutely dying to know who makes that holster he uses. Someone please reply to my comment with an answer if you can

  51. This is a very ignorant question from an ignorant person who happens to be very curious. If the gun is cocked always, will it not affect the strenght of the spring? Like weaken the spring of the hammer..?

  52. I raise the B.S. flag! While the 1911 is safe to CARRY in Condition 1, it was NEVER intended for carrying condition 1 at all times!

    First the history refutes the statement that John Moses Browning intended for the 1911 to be carried in Condition 1!
    The weapon began as the Model 1900, and while many upgrades include a safety of some sorts, there are several that have no safety at all! If Browning intended it to be carried in condition 1, then why didn't he have a safety on ALL iterations of his design?
    Additionally, I always hear people say that JMB intended his design to be carried in condition 1, but can't find a single quote from him that proves the claim. Just because someone told you that he said it, without the proof, you cannot make the same claim. Hearsay does not hold up in court. It is the same as people quoting Captain Kirk in saying "Beam me up Scotty" when in fact that phrase was NEVER uttered! Additionally, JMB's company, The Browning Company refutes this claim and states that it is a pure myth! Finally, the designing company, the Military (the 1911's target consumer), and every single manufacturer of the 1911 advise against carrying the 1911 in condition 1.

    Second, mechanics of the weapon. Carrying the 1911 at all times in condition 1 means that the hammer is constantly cocked and putting pressure on the main spring which over time will weaken the spring! Even periodically changing the spring does not mitigate this issue because you have no way of telling if your new spring is of the same quality (bad batches can and do happen) and you don't want the spring to fail causing the weapon to not function when you really need it!

    Third, safety! While the safeties on the 1911 are among the best in the industry, and the weapon will not discharge just from being impacted, there are definite safety concerns as to why you shouldn't carry in condition 1 for a day to day carry. 1) It has been well documented, and even video taped, that even some of the most well trained shooters have accidentally shot themselves with the 1911 while drawing the weapon. This happens when the thumb safety is bumped into the fire position and the shooter absentmindedly pulls the trigger, 2) If a grapple happens and your attacker wrestles your weapon away from you, then you are giving your attacker a free shot at killing you. This has been well documented on video of the countless Police Officers who are killed with their own service weapon. Either of these situations will put you at a disadvantage because it is difficult, if not impossible to fight back if you are wounded!

    Finally, stupidity of operators. A lot of these "carry in condition 1" idiots think the best action is to draw your weapon against your assailant and continue to stand still while the fire fight is taking place, when anyone with real training or experience will tell you that the first thing you should do is to seek cover, then draw your weapon and return fire.

    Listening to these "carry on condition 1" morons will only get you killed!

  53. The m1911 is one of the safest guns in existence. It was almost the m1910. Browning originally designed it without the thumb safety, and in 1910 the Army loved it and was ready to sign off on it, but the cavalry objected that a trooper registering at a gallop might accidently fire his weapon if it didn't have a manual safety. So Browning redesigned the gun with what I personally think is an excellent thumb safety…much better than the slide-mounted upside-down safety on European handguns

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