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Do you always carry your gun with the hammer pulled back?
Absolutely. It's the only way to properly carry a 1911. Cocked, locked and ready to rock.
Cocked and locked, aka "condition1" is the preferred carry method of many. Most (if not all) LEOs carry in condition 1, but they usually carry non-1911 style pistols which have internal hammers. It's more of a psychological/perception issue than it is actually a safety thing. There are typically at least one additional safety on the gun preventing accidental discharge even if the hammer were to fall.
Thadiator - you're spot on. My comment was a little tongue in cheek, but the 1911 was designed to be carried cocked and locked with a round in the chamber. It has both a grip and thumb safety to prevent accidental discharge.
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