My understanding is that some soldiers were taught to carry a 1911 in condition 2. Round chambered hammer down. I would never recommend lowering the hammer on a live round in a series 70 "Classic John Browning" type 1911 but there are a few that are comfortable with the procedure. I agree though it really doesn't do you much good in a stressful situation were reaction is key. I know I would just throw a live round away as I racked the slide to get the pistol to fire.
Cocked and locked "Condition One" is the proper condition for a 1911 to be in to be ready to react to a situation. Else your just futzing around with the pistol as bullets are zinging about.
Last edited by CryingWolf; December 3, 2008 at 08:58 PM.