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Old 05-03-2013, 05:11 AM   #1
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Fitting New Grip Safety: Springfield Range Officer

How difficult is it to fit a replacement grip safety to the Springfield Range Officer? If you have done this, please let me know.

My Range Officer came with the ILS in a flat MSH. I changed it to an arched standard MSH and the Grip Safety stopped working. My guess is that it was fitted very precisely originally.

In an effort to get the Grip Safety to function, I attempted to stretch it by peening (Kuhnhausen, Volume 1, page 95), but the effort failed and I managed to break the part. I have a replacement part on order, but I understand it needs fitting, and that's the part I'm trying to learn about.
 
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:10 AM   #2
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Typically when you install a MSH and the grip safety stops working the top of the MSH is rubbing. I usually remove material from the MSH. File and use a marker to see where it is rubbing and file a little more.
A new safety may drop right in though...it's possible.
But you may have to remove material where it contacts the trigger bow and actually functions as a safety.
I think you can see where it contacts through the side of the frame with the grips off.
 
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Allen, If I were replacing the grip safety, why would I want to alter the MSH?
Wouldn't it be better to alter the new part and leave the original part alone?
 
 
Old 05-05-2013, 03:06 AM   #4
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I was referring to what started the issue was when the MSH was replaced. Now OP is replacing grip safety because he altered it instead of the new part. None the less to me it is easier to remove a little material from the top of the MSH but really 6 of 1 half dozen of the other.
 
Old 05-05-2013, 12:48 PM   #5
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Update

The replacement grip safety (BEAVERTAIL SAFETY CS .220, P/N 296-000-200) arrived from Brownells. The packaging under the Brownells label says "EVOLUTION GUN WORKS, INC. 10710 EGW .220 BEAVERTAIL GRIP SAFETY BLUE".

It is a drop-in fit. No modification was needed, the grip safety now functions correctly as do all other safety features. I fixed something and didn't break anything new, so I'm calling it good.

The only minor downside is that the new part is finished black (not blue) and the original frame color is a very dark grey. I'm sure Springfield has a special name for the finish.

I'm happy to trade functionality for a perfect finish match.

Case closed!

Thanks for your participation, I learned something from the exchange.

Chris
 
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