GUN Safety installs on my 1911:

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  1. JaimeZX

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    I spent a couple hours working on my gun today, but finally I called it quits for the night. I'll finish up tomorrow.

    Anyway, Here are a few pictures:


    This is the part of the drop-in Wilson grip safety I had to sand down. Several minutes of using 600-grip paper (with frequent pauses for test-fitting) resulted in this:

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    Then I used a Q-tip to apply bluing. It did not come out as nice as I expected but fortunately you can't see most of it anyway.

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    After doing the appropriate safety checks (passed) it was time to try the ambi safety.

    Note the difference between the stock safety (which someone appears to have spent some time filing also; and the Wilson.

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    After a fair amount of filing I got so I could insert it into the gun and flip it to "fire," but I'm still having trouble flipping it to "safe." Hopefully just a bit longer tomorrow will see it finished. I'm really afraid of turning this $60 ambi safety into a $60 lump of useless steel. :p

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    Not sure why the gun looks gold here. The arrow points to the area I'm filing away on the new safety. It is the same area that is filed on the original piece, and I have determined it was hitting the sear there, preventing it from sliding all the way in. This is largely rectified, like I said, and I just need to make it flip to "safe."

    Anyway, I should be done tomorrow. :coold:
     
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    Just take your time and keep refitting.
     
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    :werd: I'm to the point where I stroke once or twice with the file and then check it. I bought an $11 cheap-o safety to practice on, but (un)fortunately(?) it was a perfect drop-in and required no fitting whatsoever. :uh:
     
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    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    I need to do my own :hs:
     
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    I'm excited. The only thing I have left to do after this is put some better sights on the gun, and a pre-WWI-style firing pin stop ($15). :blue:


    Edit: anyway, bed time. :o
     
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    i had to grind the fuck out of the safety on mine but it works great :o
     
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    Makes me really want a 1911 :ugh:
     
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    I think Im gonna get a 1911 as my carry piece...I just love how slim they are :wiggle:
     
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    What's wrong with it? I'm not doing anything mandatory here. More like putting rims & exhaust on it. :mamoru:
     
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    If you're just doing upgrades and stuff to it, then I guess there isn't a problem.
    But if this is all stuff you HAVE to do to get parts on it to work, then :ugh2:

    I'm all for pimping out your guns :bigthumb:
     
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    You have LOTS to learn about 1911s
     
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    Bigger grip safety and ambi thumb safety since I'm a lefty.
     
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    Very nice.
     
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    The new parts look much better when compared to the old ones, I would have expected better machining on the original parts though. Is that the big difference between a lower end 1911 and one of the high end ones?
     
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    No, but there are some minor differences between manufacturers so Wilson and other parts companies make things a little oversized for custom fitting.
     
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    lefty crew holla :cool:
     
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    I was..now I am almost out
     

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