Carrying “cocked and locked” may give a threatening appearance to some. For those that need or want another option, here’s how to install the Cylinder & Slide Safety Fast Shooting System.
by Charlie Briggs
Given the choice, most of us would prefer to carry a 1911 “cocked and locked.” That is, in Condition One with the hammer back, the safety on, and a round chambered. This is the preferred method in many knowledgeable defensive shooting circles and is perfectly safe with a properly-functioning pistol carried by a properly-trained shooter. But, for those who really care, it may not be not politically correct in other circles. That hammer visibly cocked back makes some people nervous, sometimes even among people in the know. As a result, many police departments don’t allow their officers to carry a 1911 at all.
Fortunately, there’s a clever remedy.
Read more in the August 2018 issue.
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Installed one on my 1911 years ago. Some smiths ask “why is someone always trying to re-invent the wheel”? I actually get quite a few second looks when demonstrating it, and people are quite amazed at it’s simplicity. If you’re carrying condition 1 then it’s no different other than the hammer is down. I have never had a failure to fire with it in place, and the only draw back is that it’s only available for 1911’s and Beretta. My wife just recently bought me a Kimber Custom II and it works great with it installed.