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Install a 1911 thumb safety in gresham

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by .45's and .38's, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. .45's and .38's

    .45's and .38's Happy Valley OR Well-Known Member

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  2. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    You can do it yourself.
    Take the old one out, put the new one in.
    If you want company, pm me.
     
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  3. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    You'll more than likely need it fit. 1911's are not modular guns. The right side grip panel will also need to be modified, which may be where you run into issues with the para-ordnance.

    1911 AUTO AMBIDEXTROUS THUMB SAFETY | Brownells
    MUESCHKE 1911 AUTO EXTENDED AMBIDEXTROUS .45 SAFETY | Brownells

    This one might work, as it utilizes an extended hammer pin to retain the right side, rather than the grip panel. It is referred to as a Mueschke style, the other with the leg that goes under the grip is referred to as a Swenson style.

    As for gunsmith shops, the only ones I know are in Salem and are usually backlogged...

    Hope you have fun with it!
     
  4. .45's and .38's

    .45's and .38's Happy Valley OR Well-Known Member

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    I looked under the right side grip panel & it has the square cut underneath it, a buddy of mine on the forum has a stainless ambi safety I need at a great price. I could take a pic of the underside of the right grip panel to make sure it has the ambi cut if needed. If my grip panel does not have the cut, Im hoping the hogue wraparound grips will. Might have to email hogue tommorow & ask them
     
  5. netcarrier

    netcarrier Portland, Oregon Active Member

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    Hi .45's and .38's,
    If you need some help with that give me a PM I'm the guy you got the 12 gal from.
    Tony Portland, Oregon Area
     
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    .45's and .38's Happy Valley OR Well-Known Member

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    If I need some help, I would be glad to send you a PM, thanks for the helping hand
     
  7. .45's and .38's

    .45's and .38's Happy Valley OR Well-Known Member

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    so yesterday the rear sight fell off, & no I do not have hulk hands or throw my guns down on hard surfaces, or anything else lol....
    gave it a rack back, rear sight was hanging far off the slide to the left. So all night I read about what I can do to replace or fix that problem, figured it out.....this morning, racked it back, front sight wiggles loose like a childs loose tooth. I dont know whats going on with this para but that is just strange. I have no clue how to fix not just the rear but now the front sight. Ive had this for only a few days. :(
     
  8. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The problem with a gun like this, "what's next to go wrong" will always be in the back of your mind.
     
  9. netcarrier

    netcarrier Portland, Oregon Active Member

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    Hi .45's and .38's,
    It Tony again if you bing it by I will take a look at it Can fix it. Sorry for all your bad luck.
    Let me help,
    Tony Portland, Oregon Area
     
  10. .45's and .38's

    .45's and .38's Happy Valley OR Well-Known Member

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    Tony, I have some pieces of shimstock coming in a week or so, hoping I can slip a piece under the rear sight for a permanent fix. Front sight might just get some red loctite to hold on for good. Ambi safety will be here tuesday :) I'll let you know
     
  11. .45's and .38's

    .45's and .38's Happy Valley OR Well-Known Member

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    Took me about a hour yesterday but I received the ambi safety & installed it. It needed a lot of work, I had to file where it engages the sear inside, I also had to cut off quite a bit of the leg tht goes under the grip panel, because the para frame is a doublestack & the right side of the ambi safety would not seat all the way unless the leg was cut. shimstock is coming in the mail & I'll knock the rear sight off, lay the shim piece under it & slide it back on for a permanent fix! I like it much better with the ambi safety, cant shoot a 1911 left handed without one JMO