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April 21, 2008, 01:38 AM
I need some info on Drop in Grip safeties that would fit the Colt Delta Elite. Any suggestions??
April 21, 2008, 08:28 AM
Nothin' special about a Delta Elite in this regard. I use Wilson's drop ins.
April 21, 2008, 09:46 AM
I have a Delta that I put a drop in on 15 years ago. It is a standard Colt 1911.
April 21, 2008, 05:22 PM
Be very careful - there are no drop-in 1911 parts.
April 21, 2008, 07:07 PM
Be very careful - there are no drop-in 1911 parts
Harry is correct. In this case, "Drop-In" indicates that no frame modification is required. However, the grip safety has to be fitted to the trigger bow (or at least the fitting checked; sometimes they do "drop in" ;) , but don't take it for granted! The grip safety is an important component of the safety system of the 1911, and must function properly.
On a lighter note, generally the recoil spring plug or the mainspring cap & so on really do "drop in" in the sense that I've never seen one that required any sort of fitting to the pistol :) .
April 21, 2008, 08:59 PM
I have the Wilson drop-in on my Delta. It fits about as well as some of the factory-installed beavertails I've seen.
April 22, 2008, 03:23 AM
I have a Wilson drop in a friend gave me today. Trying to install it, well it fits fine, moves fine but won't allow the trigger to drop when it is depressed. I guess, from what I have researched, I need to file some more where the armbmeets the trigger bar.
BTW, has anyone had any experience with pachmyer grip safeties?
Thanks for the help/replies.
April 22, 2008, 11:32 AM
I need to file some more where the armbmeets the trigger bar
The trigger block of the grip safety blocks the trigger bow in two "stages." You can see what I mean by using the following protocol.
WITH THE PISTOL UNLOADED! Cock the hammer, press the trigger without pressing the grip safety inward. The trigger should move only a short distance, if at all. Without releasing pressure on the trigger, slowly depress the grip safety. At some point in the grip safety's rearward travel, the trigger bow should be "released" by the grip safety's trigger block and the trigger thus will move further rearward. Pressing the trigger further should then release the hammer.
If the trigger movement is the same with the grip safety undepressed and depressed, the first step is to stone a little off the bottom of the grip safety's trigger block. Go slow and check frequently. When the trigger is allowed to move rearward when the grip safety is depressed, stop.
Next, the trigger should release the hammer when the grip safety is depressed. If not, this indicates that the upper part of the trigger block is now out of the way, but that the trigger block's lower part is not allowing the bow to move far enough rearward for the trigger to release the hammer. Carefully stone that surface until the trigger has enough movement. Make certain that if the trigger has a trigger stop, that the stop is not prematurely halting rearward trigger movement.
When stoning, be meticulous about maintaining the existing angles!
Does this help?
April 22, 2008, 11:34 AM
pachmyer grip safeties
Yes, and there's nothing special about them except the rubber covering, if that's to which you refer.
April 22, 2008, 12:25 PM
Thank you very much. Will give it a go and let you know the results.
April 22, 2008, 12:30 PM
You're very welcome, and it's "Walt," OK?
May 3, 2008, 04:41 PM
When you are done take a stone and make sure all the sharp and draggy edges are smoothed up.
By the way, I like my grip safeties to release when barely depressed by the web of the hand but that still will meet the specs the other smithies told you.
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