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Do you clear your 1911 at night or leave it cocked & locked?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PlayboyPenguin, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Now that I have started carrying a 1911 in the "cocked & locked" fashion I am faced with the question as to whether I should clear my weapon each night or simply leave it cocked & locked until the next day.

    My personal, and uneducated, opinion is that it is best to just leave it cocked and locked. My thinking is that if it is safe to carry in that condition all day it is surely safe to leave it in that condition in the nightstand drawer or in the safe. I figure the more you clear and re-chamber a round the more possibility there is of a ND so why not limit those opportunities for misfortune.

    Opinions?
     
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  2. bmw2

    bmw2 Mount Vernon, Wa Active Member

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    I agree, although I'm a Glock guy(at least I can admit it), so cocked and locked doesn't apply. All my guns are loaded and assumed to be at all times, the way I figure it, if loaded all the time is your policy, you'll never think it wasn't loaded and blow your toe off (or worse).

    Also, I took a caliper and measured a round that had been cleared and reloaded a few times and the bullet was definitely pushed down into the case a bit.
     
  3. NK777

    NK777 West of Portland Member

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    I keep mine cocked and locked at all times.
     
  4. The Quiet Man

    The Quiet Man rural Washington County, Oregon Active Member

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  5. Intervention

    Intervention NW Member

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    I would leave it cocked and locked, although I also leave all loaded weapons in a holster.
     
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  6. el gringo loco

    el gringo loco PDX Member

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    If I am going to carry the same gun the next day or in the next few days, it comes off my hip or my ankle in the holster. I then put the whole shebang my little safe (the one in my bedroom just for my carry piece). I don't carry a 1911, but all of guns stay in the same condition they were when I was carrying them. If I am not going to carry that gun for a while, I unload it and put it in the big safe.

    The only time I change my routine is when my holster or gun is damp (we do live in Oregon). In that case, I unholster and let the holster dry out next to the safe. The gun stays loaded (I don't carry anything with a manual safety).
     
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  7. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Cocked and Locked all the time.
     
  8. BryanO

    BryanO W.WA Member

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    C&L!
     
  9. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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  10. gunfighter

    gunfighter Ptown New Member

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    Popped, locked, and ready to cock block.
     
  11. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Cocked and locked. Rotate magazines every couple of weeks.
     
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  12. huntpotter

    huntpotter SW WA Negotiator Bronze Supporter

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    Cocked and locked, as long as I'm carring it again the next day or 2. If I switch guns, I unload it and empty the mag. Rotate mags next time I take it out. I alternate between Kimber Pro carry, for city carry IWB, and Kimber full size for OWB carry.
     
  13. KENOC

    KENOC Portland area Member

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    I don't carry cocked/locked. I know, I know...i may not have a hand free to rack the slide if i need to blah blah blah. But i have a six year old daughter and the chance of me leaving it unattended for a minute and her deciding to 'play' with it, or any other dozens of things that could happen accidently with it around the house far outweigh the chance i would need it cocked in locked for a bad guy. And yes, she 'know's better, but still not worth the risk.
    So due to playing the odds, i carry it 24/7, at home and outside the home. but without a round in the chamber. Figure it is better than being totally unarmed at least. :eek:
     
  14. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    People can chastise you all they like, but it is never worth risking the life of your child. All it would take is one careless moment on your part.
     
  15. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    Especially at night because thieves prefer to work the nigh shift.
     
  16. Southridge

    Southridge Orting WA. Member

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    since I carry C & L I leave it that way, then there is never any question.
    the 1911 was designed to be carried that way. And one you get comfortable with that
    then it will become second nature.
     
  17. RangerEric

    RangerEric Southern Oregon, United States Active Member

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    Pretty much keep all my guns ready to go.
     
  18. A2theK

    A2theK Olympia Member

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    What if you have a bad dream? Any sleepwalkers out there? If I don't have time to pull a hammer back or rack a shotgun then my perimeter security (or yours actually) needs some work.
     
  19. Ding

    Ding Lighter Side of Oz Active Member

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    No point in having an unloaded weapon.
     
  20. MWS

    MWS Oregon City,OR Member

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    Cocked and Locked all the time.