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Old 06-09-2019, 03:23 PM
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"Nonetheless, lube is cheap and I want to see it on the gun." Words to live by. My Drill Sgt. would be so proud of you........
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Old 06-09-2019, 03:44 PM
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Any of my guns that I can get ahold of quickly are always loaded, my 1911 and EMP, (when not on it's way to SA), are cocked and locked. I try to shoot at least one IDPA or USPSA once a month if time and $ allow. If money and time weren't an issue, I'd take a class once a month.
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Old 06-09-2019, 03:47 PM
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YEARS at a time...
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Old 06-09-2019, 03:57 PM
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Most of my semi-auto handguns are government model 1911s which are stored and carried loaded in condition one. My carry guns are the first ones shot at the handgun range at the gun club as carried with the ammo in them. I clean them after range time or two weeks of carry. They go into the safe and I select another one to carry.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:15 PM
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Just a thought to all who store guns with a round in the chamber, be aware that in a house fire rounds in the magazine are harmless. Rounds in the chamber, are full power and can kill. If you store with one in the chamber do so with the muzzle pointed in the safest direction possible. Same applies to revolvers and long guns.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:38 PM
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I always keep mine Cocked & Locked until they get cleaned.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:43 PM
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If mine are not in the safe they are loaded and stay ready. If they are in the safe they are unloaded, even the magazines.
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Old 06-10-2019, 06:11 PM
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Mine has been cocked and locked for around 3 months. I recently started shooting two 9mm pistols, since they are cheap to shoot. I'm 100% confident that it will shoot if I pick it up flip the safety off and pull the trigger.

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Old 06-10-2019, 09:10 PM
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Mine has been cocked and locked for around 3 months. I recently started shooting two 9mm pistols, since they are cheap to shoot. I'm 100% confident that it will shoot if I pick it up flip the safety off and pull the trigger.

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90 days? My SA mil-spec has been con-1 for about the past ~21yrs. All the spring stuff is OEM.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:19 AM
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Con- 1 unless it’s being cleaned. Never had a spring issue
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Old 06-12-2019, 10:47 AM
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Cocked and locked, always.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:13 PM
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Polymer guns = dry.....1911's = WET
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:39 PM
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Polymer guns = dry.....1911's = WET
If you start a thread on this it would make good chatter.
Plastics can dry out of not "oiled" correctly.
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:46 PM
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Some of us canít afford to go shooting once a month or more. Unfortunately Iím the winter it requires an indoor range and around here they charge a lot of money.
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Old 06-12-2019, 04:48 PM
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I have pistols that have been cocked and locked for years at a time unless they are being cleaned with no issues.
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Old 06-12-2019, 04:50 PM
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I certainly hope no one carries and only trains at the range once a month!
Optimally we'd all be shooting all the time but even the biggest enthusiasts occasionally take months off from shooting.
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Old 06-12-2019, 04:51 PM
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Springs can be compressed for a long time. It's high repetition of compression and expansion that wears them out.
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Old 06-12-2019, 05:19 PM
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As long as it is between shooting or cleaning. A couple have multiple years in "readiness."

Sadly, i don't shoot them as often as i'd like, but regular practice with a realistic gas-blowback 1911 airsoft pistol keeps me sharp in my old age.
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Old 06-12-2019, 05:20 PM
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I noticed a dimple on one of the primers. Guess it was from unloading / reloading to condition 1. After that I stopped unloading. May need a stiffer firing pin spring.

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Old 06-12-2019, 07:50 PM
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I carried a Springfield 1911 as a police officer for about 17 years, and it stayed cocked and locked the entire time. In the evening, I took it out of the holster and locked it up in my safe so my kids couldn't get to it, but I did not unload it. At my agency, we qualify quarterly. Obviously, I unloaded the duty ammo and shot practice ammo every time I qualified. I also unloaded it and shot practice ammo every time I decided to practice on my own. But other than that, it stayed loaded, cocked, and locked for 17 years. When I finally decided to retire that gun, I went ahead and replaced all of the springs, but to be honest with you, they did not feel like they really needed it. Except the recoil spring, which I had replaced several times anyway. As a side note, I then spent the next 3 years trying out different brands of 1911, until I finally settled on a Les Baer that I carry everyday and I absolutely love it!
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:31 PM
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Optimally we'd all be shooting all the time but even the biggest enthusiasts occasionally take months off from shooting.


I get it but Iíd hope anyone taking time off from training is also taking time off from carrying.


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Old 06-12-2019, 09:59 PM
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How long do you keep your 1911 cocked and locked? Do you unload it at the end of the day. Or does it remain cocked and locked for longer periods of time?
Obviously when you are cleaning the pistol or preforming some type of matinence you would need to unload the pistol. But what about the person that carries a 1911 everyday and doesnít go to the range , but say once a month.
Should they periodically unload and give the main spring a rest?
Thanks for your replies.
Especially a 911 and especially if you carry it concealed, holster or otherwise I would and I do drop the mag, eject the chambered round, visually inspect & cycle the action a few times. Then set it up like she was. If I have not shot it then maybe twice a month take it down & treat it like you have been shooting with it with a clean & inspect. You got this thing to save your threatened life I would not want to have a fleeting thought it may not work if myself and a bad guy were both pulling......
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Old 06-12-2019, 10:36 PM
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Not for me, I keep the magazines out of my guns until I carry. I can't settle with the risk with little ones in the house even with the guns in a safe. My 7 year old does know how to insert/eject magazines and manipulate all the switches and understands what they do, but he's not strong enough to rack the slides.

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Old 06-12-2019, 10:39 PM
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I get it but Iíd hope anyone taking time off from training is also taking time off from carrying.


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I shoot between 24,000 to 30,000 rounds a year. Lots of folks shoot way more than that. If I didn't get out for three or four months I doubt that I'd suddenly become too incompetent to carry.
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:31 PM
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Not for me, I keep the magazines out of my guns until I carry. I can't settle with the risk with little ones in the house even with the guns in a safe. My 7 year old does know how to insert/eject magazines and manipulate all the switches and understands what they do, but he's not strong enough to rack the slides.

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I think this is more about if con1 will hurt anything of the firearm vs the various factors of safety each person will apply.
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