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Missing Safety on AMT GOVERNMENT 45

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by TestedToBreaking, Feb 28, 2009.

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  1. TestedToBreaking

    TestedToBreaking Member

    Feb 28, 2009

    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.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009

    MICHAEL T Member

    Feb 3, 2004
    outback Kentucky
    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
  3. gb6491

    gb6491 Member

    Apr 17, 2006
    Yuma County, Arizona
    That's good advice.
    I imagine the safety plunger, spring, and slide stop plunger are missing as well.
  4. Zach S

    Zach S Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    Western NC
    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.
  5. Mainsail

    Mainsail Member

    Dec 16, 2005
    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.
  6. mainmech48

    mainmech48 Member

    Jan 23, 2003
    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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