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Question about ambidextrous thumb safeties on 1911s

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by eingeist, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. eingeist


    Feb 28, 2006
    Some ambisafeties appear to have a notch cut in the right grip panel and both levers are attached to the bar running through the frame. Others appear to have a shim of some sort protruding from the rear of the right grip panel with no notch cut in the right grip panel.

    Can someone explain the pros and cons of both types? Why is one used over the other? Are they symmetrical on both sides? Is one considered more reliable or less likely to break?

    Thanks for your time :)
  2. eingeist


    Feb 28, 2006

  3. I don't have any information, only internet rumors.

    Taurus makes the kind that goes straight through. Lots of people have complained about their safeties falling off. I'm not sure if it is a design problem, or a quality control problem on the metal of the safety itself. I think it is a quality control problem.

    I don't have many rounds through, but so far my Taurus safety seems to work as advertized. Some have had their safety fall off at day one (again, probably the metal broke or wasn't sized right).

    Kimber appears to have the other kind of safety, that doesn't go straight through. So, maybe look up their website and see if they say anything about it. Google for Kimber safeties falling off and see if you get any hits.

    Best I can do for you :)

    I guess the 1911 experts are sleeping today.
  4. beretta-neo


    Mar 11, 2009
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