Where to buy milspec safety for my SA 1911?

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  1. steveracer

    steveracer Member

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    I want to replace the ambi safety on my loaded stainless Champion with a standard-sized milspec type one-sided safety. I can't find them. All seem to be "tactical" or "extended". I'm fed up! Help?
    Steve.
     
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    Probably, the easiest choice would be to just buy a Colt standard safety.
    These are available from Gun Parts Corporation.

    Gun Parts sell single side, standard safeties in bright and dull stainless steel.
    http://www.e-gunparts.com/
     
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    I got mine from a gentleman named bill ricca. I think his site is billricca.com.
    It was around $25 for a small pad serrated safety.
     
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    steveracer,

    Have you tried calling or emailing Deb Else at Springfield with your requests??? She is really great to deal with and can probably get the part to you as quickly as anyone else.

    [email protected]

    1-800-617-6751

    If your Champion was parkerized, I would sell you mine that I replaced with the ambidextrious style.
     
  6. 1911Tuner

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    Stainless Safety

    Lemme go dig around in my parts bin. I THINK I've got one that came off of a stainless Colt XSE. If I can find it, it's yours. May require fitting/refitting.
     
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    DPMS carries the Mil-Spec for $14.95. Here's the link.
     
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    I just reshaped the stock one on my stainless Milspec to GI tab contour. took a while and had to repolish it but finally got it done. Feels much better to me now.

    Also fitted up a lanyard loop SA MSH to the gun. Picked up one from a GI type Milspec and had it hard chromed. Matches perfectly and now I have what I want.

    As you can tell I like my 1911s pretty stock except for the high fixed sights. If it ain't broke don't fix it...
     
  9. steveracer

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    Thanks a million everybody!

    I am not really all that concerned with the shape on the strong side, but I want to ditch the ambi, and figured I may as well have what I like while I'm at it.
    I posted this on another forum and a fine Army man is sending me one to try. I will very readily purchase another one from whoever has one for sale, since I understand that fitting could wreck it for a different gun. I'd offer my factory ambi to anyone who wants it, but I've butchered the off side pretty severely to try and make it go away.
    Best regards, and thank you all very much for taking the time to help me out!
    Very Respectfully,
    Steve.
     
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    Fitting

    Hey Steve,

    I'll go look for that Colt safety in a bit. If I find it, I'll go ahead and peen the fitting area of the lug. Meanwhile....When you check the new one for fit, assemble the gun minus the grip safety so you can see how the safety and the pad on the sear interact. If the safety falls in and works, check it for correct function via this test.

    Gun assmebled...Cock the hammer and engage the safety. Pull the trigger with about double the normal pressure needed to fire the gun. Leave the safety on and bring the left rear side of the gun close to your ear. Slowly pull the hammer past full cock, but don't let it touch the grip safety. If you hear a light "click" it means the safety isn't blocking the sear completely. The click is the sear resetting into the hammer hooks. The safety will require refitting or replacing. If the hammer hits the grip safety, repeat. The sound will give you a false result.

    If you don't hear it, repeat the test, and take it off-safe before listening for the click. If you hear it...refit or replace. If you don't, you're golden.

    In case you can't find a suitable stainless safety, the contrast of blue on stainless looks pretty snazzy, especially when used along with a blued slidestop and mag catch. See? You're already into customizing... :cool:
     
  11. steveracer

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    Great tip!

    I'll try this as soon as I have a new safety. I have never detail stripped the 1911, but I'm pretty good about this stuff. It can't be that hard, as I've known a few too many gunner's mates over the years who couldn't read past fourth grade, but were building really lovely pistols and rifles!
    Thanks again for the tip. I may just have what I need coming to me, if not, I'll let you know. (I'll post pics when I figure out this camera.)
    Steve.
     
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