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Old 12-30-2002, 06:58 PM   #1
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Pinning the 1911 grip safety...

I know it's been played, but I can't seem to find the reference.
What is the best (read: cleanest) way to pin the grip safety...
not permanently. I'm starting to find that the faster I get, the
less reliably I fully depress this thing....
***pics for the brain dead would be appreciated*** :-?
 
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Old 12-30-2002, 07:35 PM   #2
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Cut a Shock buff in a "U" shape to fit the flat top area of the mainspring housing perfectly.

Squish the buff between the beavertail and mainspring housing. Strut goes on top of the of the thin part of the "U". You don't want the strut to drag on the buff. Cut it paper thin in that area. Replace the mainspring pin and you are done.



 
Old 12-31-2002, 05:45 PM   #3
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Thanks Dane-I'm also looking for a 'real' way to pin it, like
with a roll pin (?)-Pics appreciated!!
 
 
Old 12-31-2002, 08:23 PM   #4
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Sorry you asked for the best and cleanest.



 
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Dane's way works great...

another way that I have mine pinned is to drill hole in MSH and then insert small piece of rod that depresses grip safety...I can email a photo if you are interested...
 
Old 01-01-2003, 08:33 AM   #6
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I just cut the foot off the safety. Not pinned, very permanent. No pins to work loose or shock buffs to wear out.
 
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Buffs don't wear in this application.



 
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Can someone tell me the potential liablity you'd be under for using a pinned 1911 as a carry pistol?

I ask because I've never found a grip safety which works 100% of the time for me if I draw in a hurry.

I'm wondering if having a pinned safety will get you in trouble if you end up using your 1911 for self defense? I could articulate why it's actually safer to carry a gun which works reliablity for me than one that doesn't, but welcome the informed thoughts of others on this issue.

I realize there is no downside in the various games (IPSC, IDPA, etc.) we play.

Just curious,
thanks,

Francis
 
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Yeah, eerw, please e-mail a pic-that's very helpful!
 
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I don't think this will be the end all of your liability. Let's face it. A bad shoot is a bad shoot. If you have control over your weapon, the only way that it is going to go off is if something depresses the trigger. Usually your finger. It should not be anywhere near your trigger unless you have identified your target/threat, aligned your weapon/sights, and have made that conscious decision to shoot.

IMHO, a pinned or disabled safety may complicate your legal situation, not create one.

Just my .02

Happy New Year All!
 
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