The Old Arminex 1 Piece Backstrap 4 Colt Pistols

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    Sorry about the extremely poor picture quality. I apologize but, it lost something in the transmission. It WAS slightly better.

    Certainly a quite rare item that you do not see every day.
    Originally produced (in very limited numbers) by Arminex to eliminate the P.I.T.A. Grip Safety on the 1911 Colt Pattern Pistols.
    It was a high quality part and was made very well.

    FORGET about ever trying to get hold of one these days.

    They have pretty much achieved Collectible Status since not many were ever sold.
    They are so scare that most folks do not even bother searching for one of them anymore.

    Even the Arminex 3 "Easy Caliber Change" Tri-Fire pistol only ever sold (I think) about 500 pistols. It just never really got off the ground.

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    Interesting part

    The Arminex backstrap, which resembles a cobra poised to strike, brings up the question of why the 1911 grip safety was invented in the first place. Most other semiauto pistols (except the new XD) seem to get along just fine without a grip safety, and the 1911 has a perfectly functional thumb safety that can prevent the gun from firing. The grip safety seems a little redundant.

    I think the grip safety on the 1911 has become traditional, and that is what preserves it.

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    The Star PD never had one and did just fine without one.

    It really is not needed and its only function is to block the trigger from moving rearward when the pistol is out of hand.

    Some shooters just used to pin the Colt grip safety down into the depressed position as a firearm modification.

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    I believe that there is a company out there now that makes a safetyless back strap? I can't remember the name of the company, I think the part is called the "answer"...anyone heard about it? I know I have seen it before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fordfreek View Post
    I believe that there is a company out there now that makes a safetyless back strap? I can't remember the name of the company, I think the part is called the "answer"...anyone heard about it? I know I have seen it before.
    This is Wayne Novak's shop. There was a write-up in one of the gun mags very recently, but I can't find the article just now.


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    Well, Novak made the backstrap and it was called the Anwser. I didn't see it on their site anymore though??
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    concerning the Novak

    Here is a link to the "on line" Guns&Ammo Article CLICK HERE


    "The 1911's grip safety was installed at the behest of the Cavalry Board that contributed to the original pistol's design. It has been said that John Browning was not in favor of the device. In its original form, the grip safety was probably less trouble than it is now."

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    yep, I was interested in it but it isn't listed on their site? Hmm...I guess I will have to call when I'm ready for one.
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    Thanks but no thanks another answer to a unasked question not once but twice

    fordfreek here is the link to it on novaks site

    http://http://www.novaksights.com/what's_new.htm#NOVAK_ONE_PIECE_BACK_STRAP_ANSWER

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    Not for me, but an interesting piece of history there.
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    [QUOTE=QKShooter;260061
    "The 1911's grip safety was installed at the behest of the Cavalry Board that contributed to the original pistol's design. It has been said that John Browning was not in favor of the device. In its original form, the grip safety was probably less trouble than it is now."[/QUOTE]

    okshooter is right about the grip safety. on my remington rand match gun i did away with it. the only true safety on that gun is the thunb safety. it is not a carry gun so i did not need the grip safety. without the grip safety i got the trigger pull down more over if i had the grip safety working. yes i have the full beaver tail on the gun and it looks like it works, but it don't.


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    I'm interested in all of the early modifications and "special parts" & gizmo's and "add ons" & unique inventions for the Colt 1911 pistols.
    They are part of the eventual evolution of so many other firearms.
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    Thumbs up one piece colt backstrap

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    This thread is from 2006 - It's been long gone.

    But, there is good news. I recently found a company that is still making them. They are priced at $100.00 though.

    Check back here in a little while.
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    Here you go. Here be the link. Keep in mind though that I have never dealt with this company & I know nothing really about them.
    It's kinda modernized & features a beavertail. Looks like it's "in the white" bare steel & will need to be blued or plated or coated also.

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