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Old 01-06-2019, 01:28 PM   #1
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New Kimber owner here as well as a 1911 platform newbie!! I've always wanted a Kimber but could never justify getting one until last week. My son has a Sig P938 and I loved the looks and feel of it, so I decided to check it off my bucket list with a Kimber. I'm still trying to get comfortable with the operation and wrapping my mind around cocked and locked. Cocked and locked doesn't unnerve me as much as letting the hammer down when I have it by the bedside. What's the best, safest way to decock it? I've been dropping the clip with the safety on, racking the slide to unload it, but I'd like to keep one chambered, just not cocked.
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Old 01-06-2019, 01:44 PM   #2
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It is safer to leave it cocked and locked than to lower the hammer with a live round in the chamber. Don't let the optics of the cock hammer spook you. The 1911 was designed with so many safeties that you have to intentionally disengage several of them before it will fire. There are more negligent discharges with Glocks than 1911s.
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Old 01-06-2019, 02:40 PM   #3
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Please don’t “decock” it. It’s much safer cocked and locked, just because you can see the hammer is back doesn’t make it unsafe. Other than for cleaning my UCII has been cocked and locked for years.
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Old 01-06-2019, 02:46 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum from northern Illinois Hamilton71801, as the others have already said, do not decock the gun. The gun is designed to be and safest in the cocked and locked position.
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Old 01-06-2019, 02:50 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum, I joined the forum about a week ago and Iíve already learned so many great things just by perusing the forum and asking a few questions. The guys on this forum are extremely knowledgable and willing to help.

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Old 01-06-2019, 02:56 PM   #6
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And I would like to add, never place the hammer in the half cock position. This feature is another safety device that will prevent the gun going off. If forcibly dropped and the hammer should fall, unlikely, the hammer will stop at the half cock position
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Old 01-06-2019, 03:12 PM   #7
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Howdy, I agree with the comments.
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Welcome. Don't decock, stay condition 1 as designed.
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Welcome to the forum and I cannot add any more to the conversation.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:45 PM   #10
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Sounds good! Thanks for the advice and I`'ll leave it cocked with safety on. It doesn't have a grip safety so I lose 1 feature but that's ok. My kids are grown and we're empty nesters now so all I have to worry about is the 2 of us. If I come to love the platform, then a full size will be in my future!!
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