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Do you rest your thumb on the safety?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by ajgranda, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. Hi,

    Just wondering how many 1911 shooters here rest/ride their thumb on the safety while they shoot. If not where do you usually place your strong handed thumb?

    Thanks
     
  2. Annoyedgrunt

    Annoyedgrunt Dry Heat my ASS

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    Never on the safety- mostly on the base of my left thumb.
     


  3. Jeff82

    Jeff82 NRA Benefactor CLM

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    Ride the safety. Any reputable (gunfighting) school will tell you that.
     
  4. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Yep,.....helps with proper grip and repeatable grip every time.
    Works for me,...............:supergrin:
     
  5. What he said.:wavey:
     
  6. MoNsTeR

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    Ride the safety, thumbs forward. Only way to go except for those with super-small hands.
     
  7. willowofwisp

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    i have a quick question i normally ride my thumb on the safety with a thumbs forward grip...except like 4 days ago i was shooting and none of my shells would full eject...my grandpa shot after me and the 1911 shot fine. So can the thumbs forward or thumb on the safety slow the slide down? or maybe i was hitting the slide release lever with my thumb? and that caused the shells not to full eject?
     
  8. txinvestigator

    txinvestigator

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    That's where it belongs
     
  9. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    It'd be sorta tough too for a lefty unless there's an ambi safety. :)

    [​IMG]

    (DA/SA P226ST illustrated)
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2010
  10. 1006

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    I have found that riding the safety can cause me to fail in depressing the grip safety. So, I try to avoid it, and keep my thumb on top of my support hand's thumb.
     
  11. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    You may want to re-examine your master grip.

    Todd Jarrett discusses here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa50-plo48
     
  12. Brucev

    Brucev

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    I do not ride the safety. In the past when I had a beavertail safety on my 1911 it was comfortable to ride the safety. I am currently shooting a Mil Spec. 1911 and find that it is more comfortable for me to place my right thumb on top of the ball of my left thumb. Additionally I am not able to properly depress the grip safety when resting my thumb on the safety. Sincerely. Brucev.
     
  13. R*E

    R*E

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    Me too.
     
  14. CAcop

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    I ride the safety.

    Sometimes the non hump grip safety will cause the gun to not fire if I have my thumb not pointing forward enough. Usually it happens when I am shooting from the hip. Gloves it can do that too but I am not sure it involves the thumb. It is easily fixed with a humped safety.
     
  15. Yes it can, if not done properly.