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#1 BeachEMT

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:21 AM

Hey guys,

Today I noticed a local police officer who was carrying a 1911 with no thumb safety. It was pretty obvious that he had either removed or had someone remove the stock thumb safety from his gun. It got me thinking about trying to remove the thumb safety from my MKII PTP. Would this be possible? The only thing I truely hate about the gun is that the thumb safety is too easy to activate.

Edited by BeachEMT, 11 December 2012 - 01:02 PM.


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:05 PM

After dropping my Mk2, the left thumb safety fell off of my gun. So I assume its possible heh

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:34 PM

Huh?  The safety lock (frame safety) secures the grip safety so removing it disables the pistol.

You can't see the safety lock on most M1911 pistols if it's holstered -- it's only on the left side.  Ambidextrous safety is an option (and one avoided by many folks as it causes too many problems).  None on any of mine.

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Drilling a detent in the safety lock face will help keep in the fire position -- but your thumb should always be on top of the lever while it's in your hand.  Always.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:17 PM

Is it possible to only have a right hand side safety? This was holstered lefty, which was why I was asking about no safety. I don't have a lot of experience with 1911s, I've always carried a Glock 21. I looked online and people seemed to think it was possible. From what I saw they replaced it with a pin.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:23 AM

UGH THAT KOBRA CARRY IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!! :drool:

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:32 AM

The lever can be milled off, but the plate has to be there as it contains the lug inside that actually safes the pistol.  Looks just like the Mark-series.

I'm thinking you didn't see a M1911.

The right side lever is as unreliable in a real M1911 as the airsoft versions.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:13 AM

 Chuck S, on 12 December 2012 - 05:32 AM, said:

The right side lever is as unreliable in a real M1911 as the airsoft versions.
I wouldn't say that... there's plenty of left handed shooters out there that need a right sided thumb safety. (Please don't tell me to just learn how to shoot right-handed) What if your right arm becomes inoperable and you must resort to your left hand? A right sided thumb safety sounds good to me right about now.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:36 PM

An ambidextrous M1911 safety needs constant fiddling and adjustment.  The dovetailed pin section spreads and the right lever flops around.  If you're  a lefty you're stuck and need one. More trouble than it's worth for me.  Yes, even in the remote chance I'll need to shoot left handed.

Pretty sure my Springfield had one when new.  It went in the trash amost as fast as the full length recoil spring guide.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:30 PM

Thanks for the knowledge Chuck. I'm going to be honest I know nothing about 1911s. I think I will just try to consciously make sure my thumb is always on top the safety. It's just going to be weird going from my other pistols to my 1911.

PS. Is there a way to tighten up the thumb safety? Mine is way too easy to switch.

Edited by BeachEMT, 14 December 2012 - 08:34 AM.


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Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:47 PM

You need to keep your thumb on top of the lever all the time.  Drilling a dimple (photo previously posted) on the lever face will help keep the safety off, but your thumb should still be there.  Yep the grip is different.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:09 AM

So I have an discovered the answer to this question. I lent my MKII to a teammate to play with this weekend, because his piece of s**t KJW hi capa wasn't working (I would highly recommend staying away from KJWs, I had to tech it and it is a piece of junk, but I suppose I'm preaching to the choir). Anyways, I was taking everything out of my bag today and I noticed that the left thumb safety on my MKII is gone. The gun still functions fine, except for the slide lock and obviously the thumb safety. I think I will just get some aluminum stock and make a piece that holds the grip safety pin and the plunger spring in place.

Edit: I found some pins from JP that I think will work temporarily (http://www.jprifles....php?item=JPAW-1) The OD on the stock right-side safety "shaft" is .155 and the hole is .161 ID.

Edited by BeachEMT, 26 December 2012 - 06:03 PM.





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