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1911 safety, what is a good option

Discussion in 'Build it Yourself' started by Queen Bee, Dec 25, 2016.

  1. Queen Bee

    Queen Bee NES Member

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    For all of those with 1911's i want to switch my ambi safety to a single sided safety and was looking at 3 in particular. debating on just picking up the 32$ one but the more expensive ones look really nice . I need to either use some fine grit sandpaper to custom fit it but do you think there is a big difference in the two more expensive ones ?

    also since i have the ambi i don't know what pin i need to get to remove the small extended portion that locks in the right side controls in a groove in the pin . i assume its a sear pin of some sort. it looks like this .[​IMG]




    This 1rst one is from C&S for 32$
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    Second is from wilson bullet proof tactical at 70$
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    Third is nighthawk at 67$
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  2. FPrice

    FPrice Retired Zoomie NES Life Member NES Member

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    Any particular reason you want to make this switch? I have an ambi safety on an older Colt Series 70 that I used for IPSC.

    Out of the three choices I see no reason to go with the more expensive ones. Have never heard any bad things about C&S.
     
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    Picton NES Member

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    The Wilson/Nighthawk models are twice the price. They won't do twice the job. In fact, they'll probably do a 0% better job.
     
  4. bill o

    bill o

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    I think any of the $30-$40 single sided safeties from any of the name brands (Ed Brown, Nowlin, Wilson, Caspian, etc.) are perfectly fine. I don't see a good reason to spend $70.
     
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    ok then , C&S it is .
     
  6. Queen Bee

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    i honestly don't need the ambi safety on my 1911's as i am right handed . this 9mm 1911 will be for sometimes winter carry when i feel like carrying it over my glocks , and i don't really want a safety on the outside of my IWB .
     
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    Good enough reason as any. I probably feel the same way.
     
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    maritz01 Instructor NES Member

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    I prefer the standard safety as to the ambi-safety. Years ago I had a Colt Officer (Chip McCormick) and my elbow constantly would disengage the ambi-safety. I still trusted the grip safety but eventually installed the the original standard styled single safety. After that I felt a lot better knowing the safety stayed on.
     
  9. Gammon

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    The right hand portion of the safety will be easy to remove once you remove the left side. You are right, the slotted pin is a special sear pin made for this type of ambi safety.

    These safeties are not fitted with sandpaper. You need a stone or a small fine file to fit the lug on the new safety. This is really a job for a gunsmith.
     
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    eo1bart NES Member

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    I put an Ed Brown safety on both my 1911's
    http://www.edbrown.com/beavertail.htm
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