I bought mine at a gun show in Orlando about 2yrs ago. I gave $710+tax out the door. It has never failed me. Remember a few things 1. S&W has been using external extractors on automatic for a very long time and I know of no one who has problems with them on a S&W 1911. 2. If your going to carry any 1911, they are made to carry in the cock and locked position. Why use a cowboy draw with a combat pistol. Makes no sense. Good luck. :drinksBaldy,
Where'd you get it and how much if you don't mind me asking? I went to Bass Pro and looked at/held one. It seemed to very well balanced and felt really great in my hand. They want $899 plus tax and FDLE checks for it.
Hot-Cocked = Having the hammer pulled back to the firing position, with a round loaded in the chamber, and the thumb safety on.Hi Wraith,
I bought a Colt New Agent 45 ACP to use as a carry weapon, but then I discovered that the "half cock" will release when the trigger is pulled. Now, the hammer may not have enough momentum (going forward) to fire the round, but it still worries me. It is now in storage and I carry my Bersa UC 45 ACP because it has a safety that disables the trigger and blocks the hammer.
I will try your method and see if it works for me, otherwise I'll probably trade the Colt for a Sig Sauer P220.
What you will find is that your fine motor skills will go to hell in a hand basket...pulling the hammer back is just one them. I carry (hot-cocked) condition 1 and have done so since 1969...never had one go off by itself..better get used to it..Even the best 1911 operators can miss thumbing the safety off during FOF training much less thumbing the hammer back..Even my grip safety is disabled. Tell ya the truth it wouldn't bother me if the thumb safety was disabled either..NO...I'm not crazy, I understand that I have to put my finger on the trigger for it to go off. Think GLOCK..no safety..even some M&P's can be ordered without them...When the STHF..keep it simple, you'll be glad you did..I was going to start a topic about this, but after I started reading this thread, thought it was fine just to post it here.
I carry a full-size .45 on me everyday as well. (Auto Ordnance, Gov't Model... ...which is the reason I bought the Milt Sparks, Versa Max II holster the other day.)
And while I love the safety features inherent to a 1911 pistol, I can't bring myself to carry it "Hot-Cocked", if you know what I mean. In practicing my draw, I have: three fingers on the grip, my thumb pulling the hammer back as I clear the holster, and my forefinger poised alongside the frame/trigger guard. Personally, I don't feel I lose any time (should I need to fire), versus having it "Hot-Cocked."
Any thoughts or views would be greatly appreciated.