That response was from one of my sons whos enlistment was over 14-15 months ago. I was 76-82 and we were taught to do press checks also on an unknown pistol.I was an 1811 (armor crewman) in the Marine Corps from 1985-1989. I was issued a 1911A1. We didn't do press checks. We also didn't have a combat pistol course. I qualified once a fiscal year with the pistol and with the M16A2. Our pistol qualification consisted of bullseye targets at 15 and 25 yards.
He will also tell you that before his first deployment with Constellis he spent weeks in Moyock and a Army base in Texas learning the latest and greatest in that Industry. There were no press checks done.
Shortly he will be heading to more school in Jordan, we will see what happens with that.