Editor, The Armory Life
Don't lower the hammer on a live round to store it, either keep it C&L, or mag out clear chamber and then release the hammer under thumb control, unless is going to be store for a long time, like years, C&L is not going to hurt anything on a 1911.My only issue with the 1911 is preparing to store it, lowering the hammer from cocked and locked is a bit of a dexterity issue.
I typically belt carry my steel full size 1911s, due to the offside weight issue, two single stack magazines don't balance out for side to side. My advice is stolen from Jeff Cooper's Fighting Handguns, the ideal 45 ACP would be about 28 ounces. The Kimber aluminum frame CDP at 31 ounces as a full size 1911 is my sweet spot, full size grip, barrel, night sights. Carry a lot, shoot a little. Save the steel for extended shooting.Dangerous no but it is one very heavy handgun. At least my full size RO is. I do have a shoulder rig I’m going to try this fall and winter to see if that’s more comfortable.