Missing Safety on AMT GOVERNMENT 45


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TestedToBreaking
February 28, 2009, 07:29 PM
Hello,

I know that I'm going to sound rather incompetent here and I apologize in advance for this, but I recently inherited an AMT GOVERNMENT 45 and have a serious concern with it. The gun, from what I've found, is a stainless steel clone of the COLT 1911. The gun works well, but it does not have a safety. There is simply a hole on the left hand side near the hammer where it should be. This obviously seems rather dangerous and I would like to address this issue. I was considering purchasing a manual on the gun and trying to find the parts, but I believe that a competent gunsmith might be the better choice if this is a difficult issue to deal with. Can anyone give me a heads up on that? I feel like that if I'm going to own the gun, then I should know how to work on it and use it effectively, but I also don't want to do anything that would endanger myself or others. How expensive a fix would you estimate this to be? If done by myself or a professional... And does anyone know if the components are the same here as on a COLT 1911? And where would the best place to purchase said parts be?

Thank you in advance for any help that you might be on these points. I openly admit that I have limited knowledge about handguns, although my father did take me out to shoot this gun quite a bit when I was younger and it has some nostalgic value to me.

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MICHAEL T
February 28, 2009, 11:56 PM
Can buy parts from Brownells and any good gunsmith can in stall in a hour or less . In ther words I wouldn't leave to pick up weeks later . You could do it your self if you took time to research it, Sometimes will drop right in others might take some fitting I would not shoot it with out the safety installed

gb6491
March 1, 2009, 01:10 AM
...I would not shoot it with out the safety installed
That's good advice.
...but it does not have a safety. There is simply a hole on the left hand side near the hammer where it should be.
I imagine the safety plunger, spring, and slide stop plunger are missing as well.
http://gunbuilders.info/index.php?page=diagram
Regards,
Greg

Zach S
March 1, 2009, 05:52 AM
Yeah, I would imagine it needs a plunger spring as well.

Try a local gunshop for a safety. STI makes a single side safety that you can get for about $25 or so. Ambis are about $45. That's the lowest price I've found. They look and feel a lot like the ones that Chip McCormick made (I think CMC is just doing mags now).

For something as simple as a thumb safety, most 'smiths dont charge a lot to install them. Sometimes, if you buy it from them, they install it for free.

Mainsail
March 1, 2009, 10:28 AM
That's what my AMT Longslide looked like after it fired with the thumb safety engaged. The slide sheared it off and left the hole. Make sure you have a good gunsmith go through it thoroughly.

mainmech48
March 1, 2009, 10:55 AM
Your AMT is basically a 1911 copy and you should be able to use whichever sort of aftermarket replacement for your missing thumb safety you choose. Personally, I'd think about fitting a different hammer and grip safety too, as the original-style 1911 wide-spur hammer and 1911A-1 long tang grip safety on the one I had many years ago 'bit' the web of my hand badly.

As prices, skills and backlogs vary greatly I'd suggest contacting several licensed pistolsmiths in your area for a better idea of actual costs. The "Gunsmith Locator" feature on the Midway USA website might help you get started.

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