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Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by M&P Shooter, Jan 18, 2012.
Here's a pic of my Colt Commander,....Chuck Rogers of Rogers Precision
bobbed the grip safety on this one........LOVE it!
Wasn't the beaver tail more of a game gun add-on initially? I say if it improves your draw stroke and grip of the weapon, then drive on. Shoot the piss out of it and then let us know what you think afterwards. You may be on to something big, especially for CCW.
My absolute favorite grip safety treatment is being done by Jason Burton of Heirloom Precision.
I'm of the opinion that the appropriate ("correct"?) beavertail configuration is in no small part dependent on the intended use of the pistol.
Bearing in mind its design intent:
1) Provides an additional level of protection against "accidental" discharges.
2) Quickly guides the hand into the "highest possible" grip without . . .
3) Hammer bite (or slide bite). If you shoot a lot of "as designed" . . . or hotter .45ACP ammo you also come to appreciate the way the beavertail can aid in "smoothly" spreading the impact of the recoil force over a wider area of the hand.
Assuming you guys are 1911 guys, surely you have shot a 1911 without an aftermarket beavertail of some kind and seen the result in the web between your thumb and pointing finger.
So . . . I'd suggest that anyone considering modifications first seriously consider both the intended use of the pistol and the intended volume of shooting expected and make those modifications based on a realistic assessment of those considerations.
Aside from the look, it appears to address one of the biggest flaws in the 1911 grip safety design. The 1911 grip safety allows you to grip the gun in such a way (a super high grip) where the action of the grip has the opposite effect on what is intended (IE, applying pressure to the upper portion which pulls the safety into the "safe mode"). The beaver tails further exacerbate this by adding more material / leverage to the "apply safety" side of the unit. This is why so many competition shooters pin, tape, or completely deactivate the safety feature.
What is done here eliminates the seesaw like toggle of the grip safety, where as it can only be manipulated by the grip on one direction.
You did an awesome job, M&P
Nice work M&P.......
No hammer bite ???? I'm thinking in doing same, to a Colt Defender of mine
Looks like you may have blended that a bit too far,.....it may pinch.
That would work well! How did you like it? Shoot ok?
Here's my old SA Mil Spec that I had bobbed the GIGS.
When my GIGS was bobbed, I had it activated a few times. This was due to my high grip and the GS didn't have the added bump like the EB BTGS, so it would just work it's way out.
Chan=mpions are great!
I have a Springfield Compact 45 sitting in line to get some work
done by Chuck Rogers.
The Springer Compact is a Champion, 4" slide, with a Officer's size
frame. Mne is a lightweight as well, with a ramped, bushingless barrel.
Should be a sWEEt ccw when it's done. Hope to have it back early this summer.