In the book “Hannibal” there is a brief exchange between Clarice Starling and a policeman about how she wears her sidearm.
He looks at her warily and says, “Do you go around with that thing cocked all the time?” She says yes, and he says he thinks it’s dangerous. Starling offers to take him out to the range and demonstrate why she wears it that way. The pistol in question is supposed to be a .45 semi-automatic.
I know how a semi-automatic pistol works, but I don’t know what to think of the exchange between the two characters. Why would she wear it like that? I’m guessing it’s supposed to be a speed advantage, but would that outweight the possible safety concern of having a cocked pistol in your holster?
Thomas Harris is pretty good about his research, and I’m curious to know the reason behind this one. Any help?