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Changing ambi to a single safety

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Ric, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Ric

    Ric Well-Known Member

    What does it take to change from an ambi safety to a single side? (SA champion 1911)
    Can I just buy a single and install it?
  2. Jolly Rogers

    Jolly Rogers Well-Known Member

    It must be fitted to the sear and pass all function safety checks. Can YOU do that?
  3. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    I was lucky. A Wilson Tactical (narrow extended) single safety went right into my Springfield Ultra Compact. I was prepared to have it fitted but it dropped in and locked the sear as was.
  4. Ric

    Ric Well-Known Member

    I probably could do it but.
    Most likely take it to my local gunsmith and watch him do it. (He lets me from time to time)
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    You might be able to just take the right side paddle off and leave the left one.

    It depends on the design of the ambi safety you have.

    All the real safety is part of the left side lever.

  6. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    The SA ambi is of the usual type with a joint in the middle of the shaft.
    Take off the right lever and you lose right side support of the remaining half and also less alignment of the grip safety.
    I have seen it done, but do not advise it.

    What he could do on the cheap is to grind the right side lever down to a nubbin.
    I know a southpaw who did that to the left side lever.

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