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When you guys and gals have your 1911's cocked and locked, how long do you leave it that way? Do you lay it on your night stand etc... and carry it the next day and repeat? How often do you relieve the hammer or do you leave it cocked indefinitely?
 

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I have a 70+ year old bedside 1911A1 that rarely ever comes off condition 1 and will go bang everytime if needed. Not to worry....
 

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No kids, so all the time.
 

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Mines been cocked and locked for several years now. Works every time I take it out for a shoot!
 

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I have two kids, but all of my guns are always cocked and locked if they're loaded. Storing it in Condition 1 won't hurt it at all, especially not a 1911 since it was designed to be carried in that manner. It won't diminish the power of the mainspring or damage internals, you do more abuse just shooting it than leaving it cocked and locked all the time.
 

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Yeah, what they said. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 

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Id argue that you could keep it that way indefinitely if the environmental conditions would keep you from having to clean and oil it every so often.
 

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Out of habit daily I drop the magazine, clear the weapon and go through a little safety / function / launch the pencil check.
 

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My little 1911, Colt Defender, that I carry everyday, stays in condition 1 at all times, until I shoot it or clean it, whichever comes first. It has never failed to fire when called upon to do so.
 

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This is just my preference, so try not to judge too harshly. I like to leave my magazines full, but the chamber clear in all my semi-auto's and just cycle the slide when I need it. To me that's easier than trying to remember at the last second whether one of my 1911 is on the night stand, or any of my other pistols of a different design. That also completely eliminates any concern for oil contaminated primers, or accidental discharges. Works for me!
 

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You'd wear it down more by fiddling with it than leaving it be.

However, even fiddling with it won't lead to any noticeable degradation in service life, so do whatever makes you happy and fret over something important instead, like magazine springs :D
 

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Cocked and locked forever! :cool:
 
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Same here, condition 1. At home they are in a bagmaster holster, I don't like leaving exposed triggers even with a safety.
 
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Always in condition 1 except for when cleaning or showing/teaching someone. Never had a problem with any 1911 because of keeping it in condition 1
 
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