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Old 01-01-2003, 02:26 PM   #11
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"I could articulate why it's actually safer to carry a gun which works reliablity for me than one that doesn't"

The key is being able to articulate your reasoning in court and getting a jury to buy it. Long before I became a Justifiable Use of Lethal Force Instructor, I pinned my own duty gun (I also wasn't the only one on that department) for the same reason...I could not disengage a properly set up beavertail. Still can't and still do.

But I also have the education on the law of my state and the weapon design to be able to articulate my reasoning for doing so.

More importantly I trust my skills to not have a bad shooting. A bad shooting is just that bad. A *safe* gun won't get you out of one. A good shooting isn't going to be negated because you used a LAWS with no safety as long as it was designed to stop and did so ONLY on the intended person. That person will have needed to be threatening you or another innocent with imminent grave bodily harm or death however before you use it.

I have never seen a good shoot complicated by doing so from a credible source and last I checked Mas Ayoob could not give me a reference on one either. If you live in a state where criminal innocence eliminates civil liability that is certainly to your benefit. If you live where criminal innocence has nothing to do with civil liability I would certainly take another look at the appropriate laws of where I live.



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Old 01-02-2003, 04:30 PM   #12
 
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Deactivating a grip safety causes ennui and halitosis. It is rumored to also cause fallen arches, low self-esteem, and dandruff.

These are all bad things, but none are worse that no BANG when one really NEEDS a BANG.

For those who have trouble with grip safeties, but who do not wish to disable them, try the Caspian beavertail with the "dorsal fin" shaped speed-bump (which runs vertically up the back of the safety). Colt put these on the "XS" guns and they work really well.

Rosco
 
Old 01-02-2003, 08:32 PM   #13
 
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The 1911 served in Two major conflicts over 75 years with millions of sucessfull users with out a problem of grip safety. Adapt to the gun and use it properly and it will never fail you. A pinned grip safety is just plain hokey looking too. IMHO if you like that operation get a solid backstrapped gun.
 
 
Old 01-02-2003, 08:42 PM   #14
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Col. Cooper, among others, have pinned their grip safeties for all the obvious reasons. Carry one to protect your life and if your skills are high enough the grip saftey can/will fail you.

I am not too concerned about how it looks, or who it works for, as long as it works for me.

If the grip safety is of no concern to you, forget about it.



 
Old 01-03-2003, 05:03 AM   #15
 
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Originally Posted by Gordon Hulme
The 1911 served in Two major conflicts over 75 years with millions of sucessfull users with out a problem of grip safety.
It could be that the unsuccessful users were unable to voice their complaints.

The effectiveness with which a pistol can be used, combatively, has taken a quantum leap since the WWII era. Thanks largely to Jeff Cooper, the 1911 pistol has gone from being cursed an inaccurate and hard-kicking clunker to a quick and precise defensive weapon. Given the changes in the techniques used to effectively employ the pistol, it should be no surprise that the pistol itself has shown the need for some changes.

Rosco
 
Old 01-03-2003, 11:23 AM   #16
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Good, lively thread, lotsa fun so far!

I'm "lucky" to have a generous pad of flesh on each hand in the spot needed to push the grip safety in, even a plain ol' GI style. Have never had a problem, even when picking gun up off table, or some other weird place, or when draw was less than perfect. My friend and fellow shooter Rosco B. is not as "well endowed" --in web area of his hands. I've even seen him have a bit of trouble with the grip safety on the newer "loaded" Springfield--I had to see this for myself to believe it. Doesn't happen often, just when doing an up-close high speed drill, grabbing gun from someplace other than holster, etc. Makes sense to me that Rosco and some others would pin a grip safety. I have suggested plastic surgery --saline palm implants?-- as an alternative, but so far he hasn't taken this seriously. Signing off now, I just know I'm gonna pay for that well endowed remark! :P
 
Old 01-03-2003, 03:21 PM   #17
 
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Pay you will!...evil Brian. :evil: My HMO won't pay for palm implants, so I guess I'm stuck.

On a slight tangent; knowing that I have a problem reliably depressing the grip safety, I know to drop my strong hand's thumb into a "low thumb" grip when doing one of our surprise "battlefield pickup" scenarios--if the surprise gun is someone else's 1911.

If I had to use someone else's 1911 and had a little time to prep it. A couple rubber bands or a wrap of electrician's tape (or, in a pinch, even target pasting tape) will suffice.

Rosco
 
Old 01-03-2003, 03:55 PM   #18
 
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I know this is tough to do verbally, but can any of you describe how you can _accurately_ fire a 1911 without depressing the grip safety ?

I sure can`t.

Also, for the little it`s worth, Bill Jordan in " No Secondplace Winner" on page 70, makes very general references to his dislike of the GS.

I have the greatest respect for Jordan, as a Man & a Shooter, but from his other comments like : " it`s not a good natural pointer " I suspect that it is a highly trained Revolver mans aversion to a different technology.
 
Old 01-03-2003, 06:14 PM   #19
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I know this is tough to do verbally, but can any of you describe how you can _accurately_ fire a 1911 without depressing the grip safety ?
Put your strong thumb on top of the thumb safety while shooting. Use the safety as a lever to help with muzzle climb. Your weak thumb rests near the forward portion of the slide stop. Both pointing to the target.

With a little practice you can be accurate, and fast.
 
Old 01-03-2003, 08:27 PM   #20
 
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I knew my reply would bring dissent, and I am well versed on Saint Jeff's practices. Maybe when we (for some unknown reason) shot pistol one handed(until mid 60s) the grip safety worked as it should! I think this is why some like chocolate and some like vanilla IMHO.
 
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