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Old 05-22-2014, 05:32 PM   #1
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if you are scared say you are scared...

IM SCARED....to carry my Kimber cocked. just cant make myself do it. nope.
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Old 05-22-2014, 05:41 PM   #2
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Mine is on my hip as I type....cocked and locked!
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Old 05-22-2014, 05:45 PM   #3
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Then, by all means, don't do it. You could opt for 'condition 3' or the Israeli Carry method. I'm sure with practice you could be proficient enough for 99.9% defensive situations. I've always thought there was too much emphasis put on combat-like techniques and/or training. But that's just me.

For me, regardless of my weapon condition, if I see something going down, I'm seeking cover/concealment so I can assess the situation before drawing my weapon. Once drawn I want to make the best shot I can. As much as I like John Wayne, he ain't me and I'm not him. YMMV
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Old 05-22-2014, 05:58 PM   #4
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Perfectly safe way to carry it, much better than trying to get a round in the chamber or cocking the hammer on a live round.

With the hammer cocked and the safety on, the safety blocks the hammer so it can't fall even if the trigger is pulled. The grip safety has an arm on it that blocks the trigger bow from tripping the sear unless the safety is held in by the proper shooting hold on the weapon.

That's the way the 1911 is designed, but the cocked hammer freaks people out, but with a striker fired pistol like a Glock you can't see it so people are comfortable carrying it.

With an understanding of the internals of the 1911 you will be more confidant it carrying in condition one.
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Old 05-22-2014, 06:52 PM   #5
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I was taught cocked and locked and I'm perfectly comfortable with it, I'm finding that even with my latest acquisition which lacks the grip safety I'm not having any second thoughts about it. But you have to do what makes you comfortable and if condition 1 isn't it then by all means don't carry that way. That doesn't make you a bad guy it shows you're thinking and thinking people are generally safe people.
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:37 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Chuck43 View Post
I was taught cocked and locked and I'm perfectly comfortable with it, I'm finding that even with my latest acquisition which lacks the grip safety I'm not having any second thoughts about it. But you have to do what makes you comfortable and if condition 1 isn't it then by all means don't carry that way. That doesn't make you a bad guy it shows you're thinking and thinking people are generally safe people.
I would agree. You have to decide for yourself what you are comfortable with. For me, I'm fine with condition one as long as there's a manual safety.

On the other hand, I'm not at all comfortable with 'cocked & locked' on my Sig P226 that has no manual safety, just a decocker & DA/SA trigger. That gun will always be a range only gun for me.
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:39 PM   #7
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Cool The Choice Is Yours!

John Browning designed the 1911 to be carried in condition one. Yes, that gives less than knowledgeable. non-gun people "the willies"!!

Try this: Clear your pistol. Visually and physically check that it not loaded, store the ammo in another room, then cock the hammer and apply the thumb safety. THEN, do anything that you can think of in an effort to make that hammer drop. Get serious about it!!! The only combination that works is releasing the thumb safety, depressing the grip safety and pulling the trigger, in that order. Let me know if you can find a way to drop it. I'd like to hear about it!!!!!

However, confidence in a firearm is a matter of a very personal nature. Choose the condition you wish to carry your pistol in and practice bringing your pistol into action from that condition. Muscle memory trumps all when under pressure. You do not need to worry about carry condition in a life threatening situation. You do what works for YOU!!!!! I support that choice 100%!!

Me, I carry "cocked and locked!" That is how I learned it and it feels right!! Be confident and safe!!!
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Old 05-23-2014, 02:43 AM   #8
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Cocked and locked as it was designed for me...
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Old 05-23-2014, 05:06 AM   #9
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I love my Kimber, but don't carry yet as I wait for my CCW. I am not sure if I will carry it or not, and if I do I am not sure how I feel about "condition one" for myself as a novice carrier.

This looks interesting, wish Kimber offered one?

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Old 05-23-2014, 05:43 AM   #10
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I used to carry my Browning HP in the cocked and locked position. It was my duty/personal weapon and I had no issues with it. A lot of people, who knew less than they thought they knew, got a bit concerned but it was their issue not mine. The 1911 has the additional grip safety the HP didn't have. When I carry the Kimber, it's condition one.
Look at it this way. I also carry a Ruger LCP, when weather and clothing demand it. There is no safety on the LCP, but there is a round in the chamber. Most people feel comfortable doing that, then question the 1911. Like has been stated, it's all personal perception and comprehension.
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