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Old 02-12-2015, 07:56 PM   #1
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Kimber Micro 380- Condition 1

Interested in opinions on the safety of carrying the Micro in Condition 1 since it doesn't have the grip safety. Is the thumb safety enough?

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Old 02-12-2015, 08:02 PM   #2
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I carry a Sig P238 (identical gun) in condition 1 in a pocket holster.

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Old 02-12-2015, 08:08 PM   #3
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My wife is planning on carrying hers in Cond 1 just as soon as her new DeSantis Inside Heat holster shows up. She will practice deploying from said holster in Cond 1, and if/when comfortable with it, she plans on that being her EDC. I believe practice and training can overcome the concern of no grip safety. Above all, be safe!!!

Chuck, as I do not own a pocket holster yet, this may be a silly question...Have you ever had the thumb safety disengage while pocketed? Also, nice looking grips on that Sig!
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I'm thinking about ordering the OWB thumb snap holster on the Kimber website. Haven't heard from anyone on whether it's annoying to have to release the snap to draw the gun.
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I carried an AMT years ago in a thumb break holster. I just knew I'd got shot one day while drawing the pistol. Never liked that feeling, so I got rid of it. I feel better with a good fitting molded leather holster. I train to deploy from whatever I carry my firearm in.

I felt the thumb break was slow, but Raylan Givens proved me wrong!!! LOL
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:39 PM   #6
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Condition 1 in my house.

Using Condition 4 or maybe even Condition 5 (since you can't use the safety on a 1911 in Condition 4) and you keep the safety on, racking the slide requires an extra step.
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Old 02-13-2015, 05:32 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Dons1911 View Post
My wife is planning on carrying hers in Cond 1 just as soon as her new DeSantis Inside Heat holster shows up. She will practice deploying from said holster in Cond 1, and if/when comfortable with it, she plans on that being her EDC. I believe practice and training can overcome the concern of no grip safety. Above all, be safe!!!

Chuck, as I do not own a pocket holster yet, this may be a silly question...Have you ever had the thumb safety disengage while pocketed? Also, nice looking grips on that Sig!
No, I've never had the thumb safety disengage while pocketed, in the beginning it was a concern so I made sure the holster I chose had a snug fit and completely covered the trigger. The grips are by Ryan (Sarge) at The Finer Grain.
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Old 02-13-2015, 05:41 AM   #8
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I carry all of single action 1911s in Condition One. There are some other issues.

Colts (and their variants) use a "half cock" notch or a flattened shelf to catch the hammer. I have never seen a Micro apart.

Secondly, my 1911s had inertial firing pins. That means that it takes a full hammer strike to drive the firing pin into the cartridge primer. Carefully resting the hammer on the firing pin stop would not drive the firing pin into the primer because it is too short.

The big question here is how the Micro is made. Does it have features like these and an internal firing pin block, deactivated only by the trigger, to keep the pistol from firing when it's bumped or dropped?
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According to the manual the Micro Carry has the hammer safety notch and firing pin safety feature.
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Old 02-13-2015, 06:45 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Chuck43 View Post
According to the manual the Micro Carry has the hammer safety notch and firing pin safety feature.
In that case, I would carry a Micro in Condition One and never worry about it.
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