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Carry Conditions

Discussion in '1911 Carry' started by Quack, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    Jeff Cooper, came up with the "Condition" system to define the state of readiness of the 1911-pattern pistol.
    They are:
    Condition 0 - A round is in the chamber, hammer is cocked, and the safety is off.
    Condition 1 - Also known as "cocked and locked," means a round is in the chamber, the hammer is cocked, and the manual thumb safety on the side of the frame is applied.
    Condition 2 - A round is in the chamber and the hammer is down.
    Condition 3 - The chamber is empty and hammer is down with a charged magazine in the gun.
    Condition 4 - The chamber is empty, hammer is down and no magazine is in the gun.
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  2. Karsten

    Karsten Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    Condition 0 seems a little scary to me then again I have found my thumb safety click off a time or too. New holster is on the way to fix that and thankfully I have a great Trigger Finger Memory.

    Condition 1 is how I carry, carried when shooting comps and it seems to go along with the 4 rules of engagement/gun fight Cooper wrote.

    Condition 2 is something I have thought about but something I could surely see going bad at the worst possible time......Pull said firearm, click safety off, acquire target, pull the trigger and nothing happens....That would mean re training years of training and adding another step when seconds count.

    Condition 3 is again another mind set that would need to be learned and remembered at the worst possible time.

    Condition 4 would be a complete waste of time with way too many where the hell is the magazine?

    Just my thoughts and it will be interesting to see what others think.

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  3. Kutz

    Kutz 1911zzz

    Oct 6, 2012
    Always & only 1.
  4. ph.eagle

    ph.eagle New Member

    Mar 12, 2013
    Is ipsc carry conditions a little better to remember? Cond 1 chamber loaded. Cond2 no chamber load with magazine inserted. Cond 3 no chamber load with no magazine inserted. Even though i carry in condition one we still practice shooting in condition 2 iwb concealed. Thats why i prefer the 1911 with front cocking serrations so i could manipulate the slide from ipsc condition 2 iwb concealed appendix carry.
  5. payable

    payable New Member

    Apr 9, 2012
  6. Fatbob Frank

    Fatbob Frank Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Feb 5, 2014
    Sig 1911 Carry: cond. 1
    Sig P938 : cond. 1
    Sig P226Elite SAO: cond. 1
    Cocked,Locked and screw the Glock is the only way to carry
  7. carver

    carver Member

    Jul 19, 2014
    Condition 1 always. See sip pic
  8. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    "Cocked & locked - ready to rock!"

    Uncle Ted
  9. Fatbob Frank

    Fatbob Frank Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Feb 5, 2014
    Condition 4 cause I'm a moron with a deathwish.
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  10. Double D

    Double D Active Member

    May 5, 2014
    Condition 1. Anything else will get you killed.
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  11. Balor

    Balor NEVR L8

    Oct 3, 2013
    Condition 1. RNGR1
  12. TomInLA

    TomInLA God, Guns & Country!

    Jul 21, 2013
    Condition 4 seems hardly worth being on the list...about as useful as having a rock!
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  13. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair.

    Aug 18, 2011
    Condition one for me also, though it took me about a month to totally trust it.
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  14. pscipio03

    pscipio03 Fun O' Meter on FULL Supporting Addict

    Mar 11, 2013
    Condition -1.
    Cocked, unlocked, drawn and sighted in. I like to walk around the mall that way and screaming at the top of my lungs, "Who let the damned dogs out? Who... Who?????"
    Not sure I'm even allowed to own guns after last month's "incident"...
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  15. Gun-nut

    Gun-nut Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2013
  16. william adams

    william adams Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
  17. Kutz

    Kutz 1911zzz

    Oct 6, 2012
    Only & always 1 !
  18. mikegalway

    mikegalway Never underestimate the power of bacon Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    Condition 1 in a thumb-break holster. I just switched to a Bianchi black widow because I'm always on my Harley and felt like I needed the extra retention.
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  19. rjinaz85308

    rjinaz85308 North Central AZ Grasslands Supporting Addict

    Jul 27, 2012
    Condition 1 in a thumb-break holster. I just switched to a Bianchi black widow because I'm always on my Harley and felt like I needed the extra retention.

    +1 for the same reason except mines a Galco Fletch
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  20. jakebrake

    jakebrake middle aged white guy Supporting Addict

    Mar 27, 2013
    condition one.

    galco cop series.

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