Originally Posted by 1stMarine
Yep absolutely great carry gun, reliable with a hella stoppin power. Some reasons I don't, the .45 can't penetrate ANY body armor, it only has a 7 rd mag, and you can't carry it in condition 0 like I can my glock 19.
If I'm not mistaken, the "condition codes" apply specifically to the 1911.
Condition 0: round in chamber, hammer cocked, safety Off
Condition 1: round in chamber, hammer cocked, safety On
Condition 2: round in chamber, hammer uncocked
Condition 3: empty chamber, hammer uncocked, loaded magazine in weapon
Condition 4: empty chamber, no magazine in weapon
You carry the Glock in a mode comparable to Condition 0, because you don't have conditions 1 and 2 available with a Glock. You can carry a 1911 in conditon 0, but because you have both a thumb safety and a grip safety, you don't have to.
I carried a Glock 19 for several years. It is, in my opinion, the best one-gun-for-all-purposes choice there is. In fact, though, a 1911 in condition 0 is a bit safer than the Glock, thanks to the grip safety, in spite of the threatening look of the cocked hammer.
My Colt XSE has an 8-rd mag, giving a 9 round total carry load.