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Post by Axehandle Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:05 am

Looks like I may have captured a Bob Marvel wadcutter gun with a standard tang grip safety.  I'll want to change to a beavertail.  Which one place the gun the lowest in the hand?  I have guns with beavertails.  There are subtle differences and I haven't a clue who made any of them.

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Post by Rob Kovach Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:04 am

The gunsmith Chuck Warner is known to fit his grip safeties in the manner you are describing. You will need to send it in as he does the fitting for your gun.

When you are talking about a famous maker custom, you really don't want to scab on a do it yourself grip safety.
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Post by JayhawkNavy02 Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:47 am

I had Dave Sams build my ball gun, he used the STI High Rise grip safety.  Super comfortable, gun sits very low in the hand.  I wasn't initially a fan of the appearance, but after using it, I'm having it put on two other 1911s.  Not saying it's the best, I don't have hat level of experience, but I sure like it.

B Blued Steel Grip Safety Part # 555-700100-00

From STI:  The STI high rise beavertail is made out of 4140 steel or 17-4 stainless steel. The safety arm is pre-notched, has a deeper strut groove, and pre-cut knuckle clearance, providing positive safety activation and comfortable high grip. The grip safety can be removed without the removal of the mainspring housing.

http://stiguns.com/sti-safeties/

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Post by Chris Miceli Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:52 am

looks nice have a side by side by any chance?  I did some googling and saw complaints about pain or it biting. have that issue?

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Post by JayhawkNavy02 Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:56 am

I had the opposite experience.  The regular beavertail on my RO drove me crazy after a while, but that was eliminated with the STI.  Not sure if is the beavertail, the proper fit, or both.


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Post by Jon Eulette Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:02 pm

Typical beavertail install is more than radiusing frame. Needs blended. Typical rebluing of frame as well. Depending on frame manufacturer, determines which brand of beavertail to use; they all don't work cosmetically. EGW are the best in my opinion.
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Post by Jon Eulette Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:12 pm

Forgot to mention that comfort is because it's blended. I work on a lot of pistols that are not blended very well and they are painful to shoot.
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Post by Jon Eulette Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:17 pm

I even blend my standard 1911 tang grip safety. I alter or modify the radius on the back of the grip safety for comfort and to reduce grip for smaller hands
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Post by Axehandle Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:32 pm

Thanks Jon...  I'll pick up the EGW part.   Should have the gun in hand after the holiday rush.  The intent is for this to be a working gun NOT the safe queen it has been.

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