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Old 02-23-2002, 12:33 AM   #1
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Okay, I have Barney Rubble digits and usually have to reach a bit unnaturally to disengage the thumb safety.

I know that Gunsite used to have a low mount one but heard hit and miss opinions of it. Which would be best for my situation -- Wilson, Kings, Brown, Swenson or other (someone recommened a WWI safety)?

This will be for a carry gun so ambi is not needed and wide is not desired. Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-23-2002, 12:51 AM   #2
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The pad starts further to rear, giving short thumbs more ledge and more leverage.

I find however, that the Kings parts needs more work than any other to make it "right".
It is kind of a rough casting
Old 02-23-2002, 02:54 AM   #3
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Look at the "Low Mount" thumb safety offered by "Gunsite"...I've got 'em on TWO 1911's...with the "lowered" shelf, it works GREAT with my somewhat-small hands....mikey357
Old 02-23-2002, 11:06 AM   #4
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Gunsite's Low Thumb safety isn't currently in production, and as of a couple of months ago, none were in stock. I still make the part as a custom job, and IMO, it has a better feel than the one I originally designed for Gunsite. I use Colt safeties as a base part. The one limitation you may have heard about is that when firing with the left hand, the big knuckle of your trigger finger can have a tendency to bump the safety up.
Old 02-24-2002, 03:36 AM   #5
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Barney Rubble, you can do what a lefty "has" to do with a pistol with only a standard safety...that is to use your index finger to manipulate the safety. You have to re-grip, but you learn to adapt. Just a thought, or an other opinion. Bootleg

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