Question: How to replace an ambi safety with left side only?

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    Question: How to replace an ambi safety with left side only?

    I'm hoping this is in the right place.

    I have a Springfield Loaded Micro Compact Operator, with the ambi-safety. I am considering a CT grip, so the right side safety lever either needs to be modified (cut down) or I need to replace the ambi with a single lever safety.

    Is this a project I can undertake myself or do I need a gunsmith to do it?

    Any help is greatly appreciated. Step by step instructions would be awesome.

    Thanks so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tawcat View Post
    I'm hoping this is in the right place.

    I have a Springfield Loaded Micro Compact Operator, with the ambi-safety. I am considering a CT grip, so the right side safety lever either needs to be modified (cut down) or I need to replace the ambi with a single lever safety.

    Is this a project I can undertake myself or do I need a gunsmith to do it?

    Any help is greatly appreciated. Step by step instructions would be awesome.

    Thanks so much.
    It's a simple change, but the thumb safety may require some fitting to make sure it's reliable. I'd leave this one to a gunsmith.

    Here's an opportunity to add an Ed Brown or Wilson "combat" safety - typically longer for better access for your thumb, grooved, and thinner than the stock 1911 safety.
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    Replacement 1911 safeties are not drop in parts. Most of them do come with instructions showing what part to file away, but it takes patience and a little bit of knowledge of the 1911 fire controls. You can guesstimate how much to remove by looking at the old safety, but it still takes a lot of fitting and trying and disassembling the gun. Some instructions and pics:
    Fitting an Ambi Safety
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    I imagine it would be easier to reduce the size of the safety lever. Those step by step instructions are simple:

    1. Get a Dremel tool or a file.
    2. Remove everything that is in the way of your CT.

    There's a certain amount of pride in doing it yourself if you can convince yourself to put a file on your gun.

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