Do You Carry Cocked and Locked?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by killerclowns, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. killerclowns

    killerclowns New Member

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    If you carry cocked and locked, what do you do at the end of the day: clear the weapon and lower the hammer or just leave it ready for tomorrow? What's the pros and cons of each method?
     
  2. RONSERESURPLUS

    RONSERESURPLUS New Member

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    Cocked and Locked?

    Killer/All



    RON L here = SERESURPLUS



    I mostly carry 1911A1 and BHP Pistols, I carry cocked and Locked the entire time I'm up and about (Condition 1), when I get home and Set the gun in the Safe I download it and keep A LOADED MAG IN PLACE (CONDITION 3) ! Works for me, I've carried this way for over 25 years!
     

  3. guns4fun

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    I assume you are talking 1911 .45 style gun. I do not own one but i do carry glocks and xd's. I always carry cocked and locked so to speak. Always a round chamberd. Who know how much time you will have to react to a bad guy. I dont want to be racking the slide while i'm being shot at or stabbed. To me my gun needs to be ready when i need it. I never unload a round from the chamber not even at home.
     
  4. ChrisMoore

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  5. Sambo

    Sambo New Member

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    My weapon is always hot and ready as every second counts when you need it the most. I unload it when i get home and leave the slide back so i know that there's nothing in the chamber.
     
  6. Phil Elmore

    Phil Elmore New Member

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    When I carry a 1911-pattern firearm I carry cocked and locked (I prefer my Milt Sparks Summer Special II holster) and then just leave the gun that way at night. I always press-check it in the morning to make sure nothing changed (nighttime chamber-emptying gnomes, whatever) while it was out of my sight.
     
  7. GUNGIRL

    GUNGIRL New Member

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    Yes I carry cocked and locked. I carry a 1911
     
  8. Varro

    Varro New Member

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    In the 1911A1 format, I've always carried in Cond. #3. Too many reasons to enumerate and certainly do not want to hijack this thread. However, in other variations; there is one in the tube...:)
     
  9. sixgunner

    sixgunner New Member

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    I carry my 1911 cocked & locked. At the end of the day I will place it in the safe w/ the round in the chamber and I will remove the mag and unload it. If you unchamber the round and then rechamber it every night eventually the force of the rounds impact with the feed ramp can "push" the bullet further into the case causing all kinds of possible problems. Try and avoid rechambering the same round over and over. Unload the mag and change carry mags often to give the magazine springs time to "decompress" don't leave a magazine loaded for a long period of time.
     
  10. pioneer461

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    When I carry my 1911, it is always cocked and locked, whether it is on my hip or beside my bed. It's the way it was designed to be carried, military policy notwithstanding. I have no kids at home, so I'm quite comfortable with that condition. When I carry something else, it is unloaded in one of my safes.

    When I carry one of my other pistols, they are DA / SA, and don't need to be either cocked, or locked. Same with revolvers.
     
  11. Etho

    Etho New Member

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    I don't have kids and my carry 1911 is also my bedside 1911 so it stays cocked and locked at all times unless it is being fired.
     
  12. Varro

    Varro New Member

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    Etho, in your case, why have the safety on? Coming off a dead-sleep and fumbling around for the safety lever can be fatal...:)
     
  13. Taxpayer

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    I carry my Springfield 1911A1 cocked and locked. I leave it that way unless I am cleaning it. Too many loadings and unloadings can and will damage the round.

    I had an actual failure to feed the other day in my Makarov. I used to load and unload it all the time, and I would just take the round in the chamber and put it back in the mag after racking a fresh one into the slide. One day I was shooting it and the second round failed to feed. I shut it down and took the round out and looked at it and the brass case was scratched badly from going in and out of the mag. So I switched to steel case ammo but I don't load and unload it anymore.

    Haven't had anymore problems so far.
     
  14. Etho

    Etho New Member

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    ......uh no.
     
  15. 1984cj

    1984cj New Member

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    1911 style pistol-Cocked and locked all of the time. Even in the safe. That way I have the gun in the exact same condition every time I pick it up. I don't have to think about what condition its in when I might need it.

    My Colt mustang I carry differently because of the different safety design.
     
  16. Gun Looney

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    I leave my primary 1911 in condition one regardless of whether it's riding in a holster or lying on my nightstand. If it's loaded, it's in condition one. My other 1911s sitting in the safe are unloaded.
     
  17. Luvs2hunt

    Luvs2hunt New Member

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    All my pistols are cocked & locked. Sure it might only take 1 second to chamber it but thats 1 second I saved which might be all I need. Every advantage you can have is important.
     
  18. Gun Looney

    Gun Looney New Member

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    Chambering a round also takes two hands, while shooting from condition one takes only one.
     
  19. BIGSAM

    BIGSAM New Member

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    USP FS .45 / PT1911 both cocked and locked.
     
  20. Dillinger

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    I only carry and store my 1911 in condition one. That is the way the weapon was designed. I don't have kids, but I do keep my pistol in a gunvault touch entry next to the bed. I rotate mags every month, rotate rounds every other month to keep everything in good working condition and rotate new ammo stock in about once every 4 to 6 months. I always want to be sure to have the weapon in the condition it needs to go should I need to pull it and get it smoking.

    As for storing without the safety in place and having to worry about waking from a "dead sleep"..... You need to know your weapon. You should use the exact same procedure when you draw and fire at the range as you would should you ever need the weapon in a defense situation.

    For me, when the weapon is coming to bear on target, being pressed out away from my chest and towards the "threat" the safety is moved to "off" and my finger finds the trigger. When the weapon is empty, or the "threat" neutralized, the weapon is redrawn into my chest, my finger comes off the trigger, the safety is re-engaged if the weapon is still hot, or the magazine is dumped if empty & a new one replaced while the weapon is in tight to my chest. Practice the same motion a few hundred times and it becomes second nature - no need to worry about a safety if you routinely practice using it. ;)