Even though the hammer is external I seldom, if ever actually touch it with my fingers. If you're going to carry it loaded cocked & locked is the way to do so ( IMO) IF not condtion one than carry it condition 3 ( chamber empty, hammer down) When I clear the gun I drop the magazine, retract the slide, inspect chamber, close slide point pistol toward ground and pull trigger.
The half-cock notch is NOT a safety position, period. Its sole purpose is to catch the hammer should it fail to fully cock, otherwise the piece would go full-auto. I've had some pistols fail like this several times, and each time it was the half-cock notch that kept me from having to go change my shorts afterwards.
Thanks for the feedback, I only shoot the gun at the range,I dont carry it loaded. I've been dropping the clip and racking it to empty the last round. I couldn't figure out the reason for the half cocked position. Tee