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Also, how do you de-cock a 1911 safely?

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Also, how do you de-cock a 1911 safely?
See reply #19. To decock it you have to hold the hammer between your thumb and forefinger of your non-shooting hand, pull the trigger with your shooting hand, and CAREFULLY lower the hammer until it rests on the frame. This is dangerous, because if the hammer slips out of your grasp while the trigger is pulled it will fire the gun. That's why condition 2 is dangerous and leaves the possibility of an accident. Also, condition 2 results in lost time when you have to draw and fire, because you can't fire it until you have thumb-cocked the hammer.
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See reply #19. To decock it you have to hold the hammer between your thumb and forefinger of your non-shooting hand, pull the trigger with your shooting hand, and CAREFULLY lower the hammer until it rests on the frame. This is dangerous, because if the hammer slips out of your grasp while the trigger is pulled it will fire the gun. That's why condition 2 is dangerous and leaves the possibility of an accident. Also, condition 2 results in lost time when you have to draw and fire, because you can't fire it until you have thumb-cocked the hammer.
Thank you, so in order to unload/safety check a 1911 you have to pull the mag, and work the action for the round in the tube to come out, then de-cock the firearm?
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Also, how do you de-cock a 1911 safely?
What's the purpose of decocking if there's a manual safety?

I can't opine at all bc I don't own a 1911 (yet) but I have to ask.

My Sig has a decocker and no safety, the beretta has a manual safety that's a decocker and the glock is basically DA only.
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What's the purpose of decocking if there's a manual safety?

I can't opine at all bc I don't own a 1911 (yet) but I have to ask.

My Sig has a decocker and no safety, the beretta has a manual safety that's a decocker and the glock is basically DA only.
I'm asking because I have limited experience with this platform and I'm about to grab a SR1911 asap, if I'm to unload and safety to check the weapon to put it away, I was wondering how you de-cock it.
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What's the purpose of decocking if there's a manual safety?

I can't opine at all bc I don't own a 1911 (yet) but I have to ask.

My Sig has a decocker and no safety, the beretta has a manual safety that's a decocker and the glock is basically DA only.
I think some people are a little skittish about having a cocked gun in their holster. But it is something you get used to if you carry for awhile. I first carried a 1911 hammer down on an empty chamber as I was taught in the Marine Corps in 1961, but after becoming a "grab-assing civilian", I learned to carry in condition one. In all those years I've never had an accidental discharge with a 1911.
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I'm asking because I have limited experience with this platform and I'm about to grab a SR1911 asap, if I'm to unload and safety to check the weapon to put it away, I was wondering how you de-cock it.
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See reply #19. To decock it you have to hold the hammer between your thumb and forefinger of your non-shooting hand, pull the trigger with your shooting hand, and CAREFULLY lower the hammer until it rests on the frame. This is dangerous, because if the hammer slips out of your grasp while the trigger is pulled it will fire the gun. That's why condition 2 is dangerous and leaves the possibility of an accident. Also, condition 2 results in lost time when you have to draw and fire, because you can't fire it until you have thumb-cocked the hammer.

What type of holster will you use for carrying?
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I have tried several kinds, some expensive leather, some cheap. But I've settled on Uncle Mike's belt slide holsters because they are tough, right-sized, and hug my side well enough to minimize "printing". I carry in the 4 o'clock position because the gun is easy to reach, and doesn't "print" under a loose shirt. I have guns from a 3-inch barreled Para Ordnance Warthog to a full size 1911, and the Uncle Mike's holsters do quite well for me.

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Why doesn't one of our 1911 savvy members make a video of the 1911. Show loading, unloading and the different carry conditions. If more than one member makes them then maybe we could vote on the best, clearest picture, most concise and informative. Then we can take the best of them and mount on a sticky for future reference. I know we are all giving basically the same advice here but 20 people saying basically the same thing is confusing. Plus I think seeing it done will help those new to the 1911. I also thinking it being in house allows use to make sure the one we pick is what we want presented as far as content and safety procedures. Just a thought.

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I'm asking because I have limited experience with this platform and I'm about to grab a SR1911 asap, if I'm to unload and safety to check the weapon to put it away, I was wondering how you de-cock it.
Sorry, my reply was how to decock a loaded 1911. To store it, remove the magazine first, then shuck the round out of the chamber. At that point, when you KNOW the gun and chamber are empty, simply pull the trigger to decock it.
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