Once upon a time, a long time ago, a gentleman by the name of Jeff Cooper came up with the "Condition" system to define the state of readiness of a 1911 pattern pistol: Condition 0 - A round is in the chamber, hammer is cocked, and the safety is off. Condition 1 - Also known as "cocked and locked," means a round is in the chamber, the hammer is cocked, and the manual thumb safety on the side of the frame is applied. Condition 2 - A round is in the chamber and the hammer is down. Condition 3 - The chamber is empty and hammer is down with a charged magazine in the gun. Condition 4 - The chamber is empty, hammer is down and no magazine is in the gun. What, in your opinion is the proper way to carry a 1911 pattern pistol for civilian CCW and why? My own view is that Condition 1 is the only reasonable way to carry a single action 1911 auto pistol if it is to be depended upon for self-defense. Condition 0 is foolish for obvious reasons: you might accidentally lose a very important part of your anatomy and your wife or girlfriend would be very upset! Condition 2, in my view, is even less safe than Condition 1 if the pistol should be accidentally dropped. And even if this is highly unlikely to happen and cause an accidental discharge, manually cocking the hammer is both awkward and time consuming, especially if one has relatively small hands. Condition 3 necessitates racking the slide, which generally requires both hands and is also too time consuming in an emergency. As for Condition 4, you might as well leave the damn pistol at home! How do you 1911 pistoleros carry your 1911s for CCW?