Request for Springfield 1911 Grip Safety Recommendations

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Dick1911, Sep 6, 2007.

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  1. Dick1911

    Dick1911 Member

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    Hi, all! :) I'm a relatively new owner to a basic Springfield 1911-A1 GI model (also my first handgun) and I'd like to upgrade the grip safety to a beaver tail style as I'm tired of hammer bite so I'm looking for advice and recommendations. Can it be as simple as getting one for a Springfield 1911 loaded model and installing it?

    Any recommendation as to what I should look for and how I should do it are more than welcome, it'll all be more than I know about it!

    I was also wondering when improvements such as this are done, how does it impact the value of the pistol on resale? Although I don't think I'm going to resell it, I like it too much. :D

    Thanks in advance for the info!
     
  2. kart racer

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    Smith & Alexander makes one for the springer.
     
  3. TX1911fan

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    That's the one I used. You can buy the jig and fit it yourself pretty easily.


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  4. Jim Watson

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    Note that
    1. It must be fitted = grind steel off the frame.
    2. The Springfield does not match the Colt in the tang, S&A makes a specific beavertail with .220" radius instead of the common .250"
     
  5. lonewolf5347

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    I was thinking in upgrading my 1911SA I did a lot of upgrades as far as swapping and changing all springs:installing a Wilson combat trigger:A new sear spring she now breaks clean at 3 1/2 lbs.I read some were [email protected] has a drop in also someone said Wilson may have a drop in
    My mil -spec is a tack driver so far 500 rounds threw it NFTF problems and the NM serial number has a lot of upgrades,maybe next year winter project
     
  6. JoeHatley

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    I also used the S&A guide to fit a Wilson grip safety to this Essex frame.

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    Pretty straight forward project.

    Good Luck...

    Joe
     
  7. Jake in TX

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    I used the Wilson drop in, and a surplus Colt Commander hammer. It has worked well for me.

    Jake in TX
     
  8. Highway Magician

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    You can use a Colt Factory grip safety from a COMMANDER model.
     
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