View Full Version : 1911 Ambi-Safety Installation

July 31, 1999, 01:05 PM
As a newcomer to 1911s- is the installation of an ambi safety a job that a fairly mechanically inclined person can accomplish or is it a "gunsmith only" job? I did a little math and figured that I could ruin 2 or 3 safeties tring to get it right and still break even with the price for a professional installation. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.

George Stringer
July 31, 1999, 01:17 PM
Macoute, you're kidding. I install ambis or any other 1911 safety for $15.00. This is a job that you can do yourself but if you've never done it you need a good reference. About the best and most straightforward I've seen is a book that Brownells (515) 623-5401 sells called Custom Touches. It doesn't cover a whole lot but what it does go over is very simply explained and well illustrated. If you take too much metal off of your first attempt e-mail me and I'll explain how you might be able to save the safety by stretching it. George

July 31, 1999, 01:57 PM
I'm not kidding. There is only one gunsmith in town that is somewhat reputable and he is very proud of his work-atleast his prices reflect it! Thanks.

August 2, 1999, 07:19 AM
If only Macoute asked me....
Just to show I'm a nice guy go to<a><a href="http://www.larue-targets.com/part7.html"> How to Build Up a 1911 Pistol</a>
Now who's next ? ;)

"The Gun from Down Under !"

August 2, 1999, 08:45 AM
the only thing id add to the info you have received is to take sparingly the material off of the parts especially the stock panel, ive had problems with a stock that had too much material removed and replaced it with one that i slowly removed material from and I no longer had problems after that area was straightned out.....fubsy.

August 7, 1999, 08:38 AM

I installed the safety last night and it works like a charm. Thanks for the tips. BTW, the Custom Touches book was very helpful. Thanks again.

George Stringer
August 7, 1999, 09:25 PM
Congratulations Macoute! Now, is the job worth more than $15.00? George

4V50 Gary
August 7, 1999, 10:03 PM

With apologies to George and all our real gunsmith members out there, welcome to the ranks of plumbers! ;) With a some mechanical inclination, patience and desire, a lot of jobs aren't all that hard to do. OK, reaming a chamber should be left to the pros.

4v50 Gary

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