I've heard a lot of hoopla about "Condition 1." Sure, my gun supports that. A simple draw and flick of the safety and I'm off and running!
However, I much prefer chambering a round, then going through the dicey process (for my weapon) of manually lowering the hammer on a chambered round. It helps that my weapon has a trigger block, so as long as I don't slip, if I let off the trigger just before the hammer reaches home, the trigger block ensures it won't fire.
But it is a touch risky (my weapon does not have a decocker).
Because it's risky, I always perform this while the muzzle is buried in a a full basket of laundry! It might ruin some clothes, but that's a small price to pay for a silenced and protected "ooops..."
Back to the issue:
I grew up with revolvers. Fully loaded, one pull, one fire. Draw, pull the trigger, and BAM!
I have the option of setting up my weapon, so I choose the same option: Draw, pull the trigger, and BAM! Only it's a 16-shot semi-auto, with one in the chamber, so I've 17 shots total before I need to reload, and the slide lock helps me with this by saying, "you're out, stupid."
To me, this makes perfect sense. In a firefight, the instinct is to draw, point, and pull the trigger. I've never been in any actual firefights, but I've simulated a dozen of them on various training ranges. Still, despite 20 years in the military I have a tenth the training of your average cop.
No matter how many times I think about it, I can't wrap my head around the idea of "Condition 1," with one possible excepton: Let's say I'm involved in a firefighter, or I'm at the range and the rangemaster calls "cease fire!" I hit the safety and I'm in Condition 1.
And I do practice this mode of operation simply because it might happen that I need to do safe my weapon but would never want to go through the laborious and defenseless task of dropping the clip, racking the round, and reinserting the slide... At least until it's safe to do so, of course.
So again: Please explain to me this preoccupation with day-to-day carry in a "Condition 1" configuration. Just doesn't make sense to me.