Do you carry Cocked and Locked?

Discussion in 'Self Defense Tactics & Weapons' started by mspears, Jun 22, 2005.

  1. mspears

    mspears New Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    Conover, NC
    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 in the ready for tomorrow? What's the pro's and con's of each method?
  2. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Here at TFF
    The M1911 pistol was designed to be carried cocked and locked.

    What do I do at the end of the day?

    I wipe the pistol down with an oily rag and put it to bed.......cocked and locked. The pistol is ready when I need it.

    I have never had or heard of any problems associated with cocked and locked 1911's.

  3. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Ditto what Shooter45 said for either my 1911 Springfield .45 or my Browning Hi-Power Practical in 9mm. Since I am on Oxygen 24/7, when I leave the house it is most convenient and very secretly concealed carry in my portable Oxygen Tank case. It provides a catch-all much like SoMo's purse.

    Back when the kids were still living at home I would keep it with the chamber empty but with a loaded magazine on the night stand ready to be racked. I have always used high capacity factory or factory/contract magazines in the Browning.
  4. llama.45

    llama.45 New Member

    Jan 21, 2005
    i also have never had a problem with cocked and locked
  5. tucsonpilot

    tucsonpilot New Member

    May 25, 2005
    Cocked and locked all day every day, you never know when an extra second might make the diffrence. However, I carry a Glock 19, so I suppose that I can't really say that it is "Cocked and Locked", in the chamber all the time, same when I get home.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2005
  6. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    Nope, I carry a SIG. ;)
  7. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    Ditto to what Shooter45 said.

    JMB designed the 1911 to be carried cocked & locked......'course the military never believed him and made us carry it hammer down on an empty chamber.

    Now that I'm a civilian (haven't had to stand a midwatch in years), I can carry it any damn way I please.....and that's C&L! :D
  8. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Active Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    Its carried C&L. End of the day, the round is cleared, and the weapon is put by the bed. My thoughts/rationale on this are that if a "bump in the night" response is required, the act of putting the gun into battery gives my brain a chance to "get out of park and into drive." Thus hopefully preventing any nasty surpises. (Note - the 12ga is handled the same way, must chamber one before action, same reasons.)
  9. Huck Finn

    Huck Finn Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    I carry an empty chamber. I figure I can afford the split second it takes to rack the slide better than I can afford to explain an accidental discharge. I don't want to be the guy who gives the anti-gunners any ammo. It eliminates the possibility of firing before I'm on target. Adrenalin can be a funny thing!!!
  10. llama.45

    llama.45 New Member

    Jan 21, 2005
    that is something to think about.good point
  11. Ruger.44

    Ruger.44 New Member

    Jun 5, 2005
    Only when I'm carrying my Kimber, and only when I think I need to. Usually I carry my P91DC or ( I hear the Yawns already) my G23.
  12. Vom Kriege

    Vom Kriege New Member

    Jun 25, 2005
    I have a 1911, but I have never carried it CCW. I just haven't put enough rounds through it to get comfortable with it. When and if I ever do carry it I will carry it C&L.

    I usually carry a Ruger P95, a Glock 27, or an S&W 13 when off duty.
  13. JohnK3

    JohnK3 New Member

    May 5, 2003
    Kimber 1911 - C&L
    CZ75BD - Decocked
  14. ArmyCop

    ArmyCop New Member

    Mar 30, 2005
    Isn't that the same way a Glock with one in the chamber is?
  15. Country101

    Country101 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    NW AR
    Cocked and locked is the best way to carry. You shouldn't have to worry about an accidental discharge if you have trained yourself properly. When the gun comes out your finger shouldn't go straight for the trigger. Keeping it on the frame until you aquire your target makes it a lot safer and you're not gonna lose any time by doing it.
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