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beavertail safety disabled on wilson protector??

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by pcc, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. pcc


    Feb 15, 2010
    I posted this same thread in the wilson section of another board, thought I would post it here also to see if anyone else had any ideas.

    Just picked up my first wilson (protector model) in a trade yesterday. The gun is in pristine shape and doesn't appear to have been shot much if any outside of the factory target group.

    While I was doing my get acquainted fondling after I got it home I checked the beavertail safety function and found it was disabled.

    I disassembled the gun and saw that the top of the mainspring housing was not the same as the msh on any of my other 1911's. [​IMG]

    There was also a drift pin in the bottom of the beavertail (forgot to take a pic of that). You can see where the drift pin was contacting the top of the msh in the pic above.

    Is this normal for protectors? Having the beavertail safety disabled doesn't bother me as long as it won't affect shooting safety, this won't be a carry gun just an occasional range shooter. I also pulled the drift pin out, will that affect anything.


    Just uploaded a pic of the pistol and the pin. Yes I know my pic quality sucks.


    the pin that was in the bottom of the beavertail. 10mm is for scale

  2. People used to do that in the old days.
    I pinned one sort of like that only I actually drilled and inserted a small pin in the MSH to hold the grip safety.
    It was a thought back then that it eliminated a possible problem firing in a high stress situation.
    I would not leave it deactivated and I certainly don't believe that it is necessary.
    I've never had a problem where a 1911 didn't fire because of the grip safety not being depressed.
    Even in a high stress situation.
    Put it back the way it should be.

  3. pcc


    Feb 15, 2010
    Thanks Jim, that makes sense.

    I'll check with the guy I got it from today and see what he has to say about it.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2010
  4. GVFlyer

    GVFlyer Senior Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Somewhere in the air.
  5. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

    Feb 28, 2001
    Why does that mainspring housing look so rough. Hard to believe someone would trade you a firearm with a safety device disabled and not tell you. :faint:
  6. Personally I think it is great. It's about time someone had the nerve to change something to do with safety on a gun.
    I think the grip safety is unnecessary on a 1911 but since they come that way I don't believe in disabling them or altering them due to the liability lawyers these days.
    But if it comes that way from a manufacturer then it is ok.
    It took a brave group of individuals to make this decision.
  7. rsxr22


    Feb 25, 2009
    Youngstown, OH
    congrats on the wilson. i disable the grip safeties on my HD and range guns, but not my carry
  8. 1006


    Aug 12, 2007
    Newnan, Georgia
    I wish Novak would make the part available for sale. I would put it on my USPSA guns.
  9. El_Ron1


    Apr 15, 2004
    Redneck Sparta
    I've never had the question come up with a properly built pistol in 30 years.