These days my main carry is a DA/SA, so a round in the chamber, no safety, hammer down.
With a 1911 or 1911 type action I would carry cocked and locked, in a good holster. No way would I pocket carry one of those 'mini' 1911's cocked and locked.
Although I don't pocket carry at all so.....
I pocket-carried for about 20 years.
The pistol was DAO (AMT .45 Backup), in a Robert Mika holster.
It was just as safe as a belt-carried pistol, and required just as much care in making presentations.
However, the gun required much more frequent cleaning and maintenance.