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Old May 17, 2013, 11:10 PM   #26
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I think the majority of "1911s" on the market today, those that aren't promoted as some sort of retro or commemortative, have an ambi safety from the factory. Just about all of Colts' current offerings, other than the Series 70 repro, the base Series 80s, and the Combat Elite, come with ambi safeties. All Springfields but the Mil-Spec have ambis. Just about everything from Kimber.
I don't know that I agree with that. I can't count them all but my sense is that the majority are single sided. In addition to the Colts you mentioned, the 1991 Series, Gold Cup Series, Defenders, and New Agents all have single sided safeties. Looking at Kimber's site, most of their models seem to have single sided safeties.
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Old May 17, 2013, 11:37 PM   #27
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kcub, you said it yourself. Get a Colt & then order an ambi safety. Simple, easy, over & done!

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Old May 18, 2013, 05:27 AM   #28
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I was supposed to have a Colt yesterday. The gunshop owner said another employee sold it unknowingly. It had just been taken in on another trade. Whether that is the truth or not I have no way of knowing. He didn't exactly apologize about it (which makes me wonder). I didn't make a fuss about it. I have been a good customer at this store for years but this new owner bought out the previous owner about 3 months ago.

I haven't found a Colt or other make that has a factory ambi safety AND arched mainspring housing and preferably no extraneous slide serrations and other non-value added customization IMO (see my original post). I appreciate the knowledge thus far. I'm still looking and would appreciate further knowledge. I'm nowhere near as experienced with autos as with revolvers.
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Old May 18, 2013, 03:21 PM   #29
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The only part that gets filed when fitting a thumb safety is the thumb safety, so hang onto the original and value shouldn't be affected at all ... unless the right side safety paddle wears the finish on the right side of the frame.

Good advice.
I would say that in 90 percent or more of the time the above statement is true, however you can fit a thumb safety another way.
Some smiths actually prefer to cut the sear instead of the thumb safety.

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Old May 23, 2013, 08:12 AM   #30
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Yesterday a reputable gunsmith told me the last 2 Mueschke ambi safeties he got were junk. He even wrote a letter to Brownell's about it.

He favors the Kimber for the superior lockup so he's ordering me one for my new to me Clark longslide I stumbled upon.
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Old May 23, 2013, 11:10 AM   #31
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1991 Series, Gold Cup Series, Defenders, and New Agents all have single sided safeties
I consider the 1991 and Series 70 to fall within my exception of retro or commemorative (don't you?), so we're down to Gold Cup, Defender and New Agent. Which ones do have an ambi? All the XSEs, which include Gov't Model, Lightweight GM, Combat Commander, LW Commander, and the Special Combat Government Model(s). If you look at the different materials, calibers, and finishes, I suspect three-fourths of Colts' current offering have ambi safeties.
Kimber must make 100 different models (if you consider a different color is a different model, as Kimber appears), and I'd be surprised if about the same proportions didn't hold for their product line, too.
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