Ambi Safety Rehash

Ambi Safety Rehash

This is a discussion on Ambi Safety Rehash within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; While doing some routine Maint on my Springer Loaded i noticed the Ambi off side paddle has become pretty loose..So ill try to tighten it ...

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    Ambi Safety Rehash

    While doing some routine Maint on my Springer Loaded i noticed the Ambi off side paddle has become pretty loose..So ill try to tighten it back up or have a new one fit..


    So this leads me to ponder should i spen the money to have my smith done with a ambi safety or should i stick to single sided....


    Now remeber i am left handed so sweeping the safety off is little awkard but with some training i think its doable... What ya say ...

    Im bored and mind is wondering into these kinds of areas Ive had to train myself for everyother kind of Firearm being more right hand freindly than left so im somewhat used to it or would this be a liabilty?


    Granted i dont plan on running out into a gunfight a day or ever if i can help it


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    Boy this one will get much mileage! My opinion is to restore the gun to its origanal condidiotn for safety and to fit your requirement being a lefty. I shoot with a lefty(or did) and it was a real problem for him to shoot a gun without the safety on the correct side. I know its not my money! My .45 has ambi-safety on it and I don't think much about it at all but it does come in handy when my buddy shoots it. If you ever decide to sell the gun having the ambi may help move it.
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    My only ambi is on my BHP - I'd tend in your case to reinstate that as was ... mainly to keep gun ''to spec''

    OTOH - as you have adapted to non-ambi useage then it would not seem an essential requirement.

    On balance if not too costly - put things back to as they were meant to be.
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    Ill probley send my springer in for the warrenty on the thumb safety i was just still trying to figure out if i wanted to payout the cash on the smith to have one added ive been praticing with it and think im gonna start carrying it now .. Changed the grips on it tonight so i can pack it to bbq tomm

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    When I first got my SA Ultra Compact the ambi safety was very stiff, almost a binding feeling ( I'm a lefty too). I was told it would "break in". It broke in alright, at the range the right side fell right out!

    I had a couple of minor function problems and a finish problem that needed taking care of so off it went to SA. Everything is great now, I couldn't imagine going back to a "regular" safety.

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    Bud - You don't need a smith to fit a thumb safety if you have a little patience, a small needle file, and a comfort level with doing minor repairs on guns. But if it's under warranty, I'd have SA fix it, then I'd pickup a single side safety from Brownells and fit that myself to see if I liked it.

    As far as keeping it "stock", you can easily switch back & forth between a single side and ambi safety. All you need for esthetics is a stock sear pin and hammer pin, where the right side is domed and protrudes slightly from the side of the frame. The pins for use with an ambi have been ground off flush with the frame to avoid interference with the right side of the ambi.

    Since all "fitting" is done on the actual safety and not on the sear, there is nothing permanent and can always be switched back if you don't like it.

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    Ohh i tried fitting one to the Smith and things didnt work out and since its going to be a carry gun i dont want some sue happy lawyer to come up with soem wonder crap to do me in ...


    Ill relate my work with the smith i got it fit work perfectly i thought till i did some tests... where i new there was the problem was pull the trigger with safety on and grip safety depressed the safety comes off and hammer will drop ... decided then to hang it up


    Normaly i do everything on my guns and am good working on stuff im a repair tech for a living but this time i decided to leave it single sided or have pros do it .

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    There is one truth about Ambi safetys on 1911---they all fail, just a matter of when. Some are good for years, some for days.

    I wish some bright engineer would come up with a 1911 Ambi that is pinned on the outside (rIght) similar to the BHP. The tenon joint is usual place of failure. Second place of failure is in the pin holding the right side safety on.

    A pinned safety ala BHP would solve the problem.
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    the kings safety is adovetail joint on the right side is that something like what your talking about... I have no exp what so ever with a hipower so im not sure how safety attachs on it

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    The BHP Ambi safety. the pin is on the left side part, and extends all the way thru the slide. The right end of the pin has hole for a roll pin, as does the right side safety. Even if the pin fails and right side safety comes off, the gun is still functional.

    Never even seen any failure on the BHP safety.
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    Sounds like a good safety if they made something like that for 1911's they would put the ambi safety makers for 1911's out of bizz

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    Ambi-safeties always ride the bottom joint of my index finger, so I'm not a big fan (unless they are seriously contoured). I have fitted 3 ambi's on 1911's though, and will say I thought King's seemed to be the most solid design.

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    You mean you guys use that thing ?
    Condition 0

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    No i carry in Condition 1

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    I've had many ambis on my 1911's.......the ones with the dovetailed slot cut-outs are far superior to the push-in types....the latter loosens up quite rapidly, and yes...falls apart.........go with the King's safety.you're far better off.

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