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Howdy guys, I'm new to the 1911 scene. On a MK IV Series 80 is it safe to carry with the hammer down with a live one in the chamber? I know this may not be the preferred way for many, just curious about the safety factor. Thanks in advance for your help!
 

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It's safe in theory because the firing pin can't contact the primer unless the trigger is pulled. The unsafe component of the equation is safely lowering the hammer on a live round, not a preferred action for most people. The 80 series safety system was, I believe, concocted to prevent AD's if the loaded pistol was accidentally dropped on the hammer. I'll now get out of the way and let other 1911'ers present their views.
 

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I'm no 1911 expert, but like asa said it's a matter of lowering the hammer down without it going off. I wouldn't do it. The only time I pull the trigger is when it's unloaded or on target. Other than that it's too risky.
 

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Thanks guys, I understand. By the way, here's a pic...

 
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