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Fitting a grip safety

Post by orpheoet on 8/7/2018, 12:47 pm

is this a diy type of thing or do I need to send the gun out? 1965 Colt 1911 with GI grip safety. Also looking for recommendations as far as what to replace it with.
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Post by Tim:H11 on 8/7/2018, 1:16 pm

If you want to try it your self you can do it with a jig, a file, a lot of time and patience. I did one myself but it’s not completely done. Some blending needs to be done. If done right there’s a good chance touch bluing will be involved. 

If you want to try this as an alternative to cutting into a nice older Colt, the Wilson combat drop in grip safety - though may not be as appealing to the eye as a professional conversion fit job - does fit colts better than other makes - at least this is what I hear. I saw and felt one on a Colt 1991-A1 and it wasn’t bad at all. It would leave you the option of always going back if you do so choose, reduce risk of making a mistake if attempting the fit your self, and save you some money depending on if you try the job your self or have a professional do it.
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Post by james r chapman on 8/7/2018, 1:19 pm

orpheoet wrote:is this a diy type of thing or do I need to send the gun out? 1965 Colt 1911 with GI grip safety. Also looking for recommendations as far as what to replace it with.

I can tell you I bought a duck bill from fusion like on my gold cup trophy to put on a gi gun.

Wasn't even close to fitting. Tossed in the scrap.
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Post by JKR on 8/7/2018, 2:52 pm

I've done several now and must say that I enjoy doing them. It's very satisfying to get a nice tight blended fit. I don't recommend attacking a nice old Colt for you first try though. Also, if done right, it will need more than touch up blue. Best to figure on having the pistol refinished.

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Post by orpheoet on 8/7/2018, 3:14 pm

Well, I'm glad I asked. I didn't realize how involved it is. The pistol is a .38 Super converted to .38 Wadcutter and is in very nice condition so I don't want to mess it up. It is very much old school cool and will remain so. Thanks all.
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Post by TomH_pa on 8/7/2018, 4:18 pm

The drop in Wilson I bought didn't drop in, was able to file the safety instead of the frame but far from drop in on a series 80 Gold cup

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