Wednesday, February 14, 2007
1911 Thumb Safety
I'm at a loss as to how one goes about fitting one of these. It seems that there is no standard, no principle, and no textbook when it comes to this sort of thing. They all look fucked up to me.
It kinda looks like your old one had some grinding on the wrong surface. But then some more grinding on the right surface.
You gotta be careful not to take to much material off. If you do, you'll have to get a new part and start over. The safety check I was taught was the following:
1. with the new safety installed, fully cock the hammer and engage the thumb safety.
2. with the SAFETY STILL ENGAGED and NO AMMO ANYWHERE NEAR THE GUN, pull the trigger about 2x as hard as normal.
3. hold the gun with the hammer near your ear and very slowly and gently pull back on the hammer. If you hear a little click, it means the sear moved when you pulled the trigger, you've botched the job, and you need a new thumb safety to start over with. If this happened, try it a few times, as it should be repeatable. The click is slight, but very noticeable, you can't get a false positive.
One more point: Of the two safeties I've installed, the Ed Brown was a snap to work with, very nice metal and could be filed or stoned. The Chip McCormick was super hard and ate my file for lunch. Could only be stoned.