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how hard is it to change out a safety?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by NDLAWRENCE, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. NDLAWRENCE

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    how hard is it to change out a safety on a kimber custom? im left handed so i going to need to change it out. also any ideas on where to find one?
    Thanks,
    Nathan
     
  2. Quack

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    Which safety? It'll need to be fit for proper operation.
     


  3. 1006

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    This is one of those times that an exact answer is not possible -- it depends on your abilities in this type of work. If you are used to working with files and reading directions and have a means to hold the safety while you file it, and you are very careful to check and recheck, it is about an hour from start to finish. You can look at your old safety for an idea of how to file the new one. If you botch it up its is another 30 bucks for a the part and shipping. I like Cylinder and Slide parts for first timers, because they come with some directions. Others may also come with guidance. Kimber will likely do it for a reasonable price, but any local 1911 smith can handle it.
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2011
  4. NDLAWRENCE

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    this may be a dumb ? but can you not buy a left handed thumb saftey from kimber and just drop in without filing?
     
  5. NDLAWRENCE

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    well thats sucks lol i guess ill do some more research then give it a go:wavey:
     
  6. Nubbins

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    If you do try it you may want to use a 10-8 Armorer Block to help in fitting safety.
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  7. ambluemax

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    If you have to ask, you shouldn't attempt it. A hack fitting job on a safety is a stupid reason to shoot yourself in the foot. Spend $20 and have a gunsmith do it for you.
     
  8. Quack

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  9. Nakanokalronin

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    If your going to an ambi safety, I have found no better model than this: http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/sid=...7c187_a_7c745_a_7c168000108_d_168000105_d_729
    It has a square shaft, grip tab and modified hammer pin that locks into the groove of the right side half. The only 1911 I ever wanted a ambi safety on is my Colt Rail Gun.

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    It took very little fitting and I like that if the right side is completely out, the safety still works and stays in place. There are no half shafts or slots to connect one side to the other.
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2011
  10. NDLAWRENCE

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    ive got a couple more questions. do you have to fit the hammer and sear if you replace them?
    Thanks For the help,
    Nathan
     
  11. If all your doing is replacing the thumb safety you shouldn't need to. The reason for filing on the thumb safety where you do is to fit it to the hammer and sear.
     
  12. NDLAWRENCE

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    i was talking about changing out the hammer and sear for a wilson combat hammer and sear will that need to be fitted also
     
  13. CAcop

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    My 1911 armorer instructor taught us how to use the witness holes of a GI mag as a jig.