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Old July 22, 2001, 10:00 PM   #1
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Installing Grip Safety

Hi All,

Does anyone know of some on-line instructions for installing a grip safety on a 1911? I looked and can't find any. I need to install a drop in beavertail grip safety on my Officer's Model.

Appreciate the help.

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Old July 23, 2001, 05:32 AM   #2
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Have you been at and asked in the GUNSMITHING TALK forum?
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Old July 23, 2001, 07:46 AM   #3
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Jason, Do you know how to remove and replace the thumb safety? If so, it should be a matter of "Dropping in" the new safety.
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Old July 23, 2001, 08:28 AM   #4
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Jason, as you may have already found out many times drop-in parts require a little fitting. With the grip safety on the 1911 its the finger that needs attention. The bottom and rear of the little "L" underneath the front of the finger may need a little filing to fit correctly. Just go slowly. File a couple of stroks and check it, file a couple of strokes and check it, until it works properly. George
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Old July 23, 2001, 10:13 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advice, and thanks to Harley for sending me the .jpg with the instructions. I'll take a run at it this evening.
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