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Old 06-08-2013, 03:04 AM   #1
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Default A favor, please? 1911 beaver tail fitting...

I got the Wilson combat drop in beaver tail. Frankly, I don't like it.

I want an actual fitted beaver tail, yet I don't want to pay a Smith (I'm a shade tree variety myself), and I'd rather not buy the jig for a single job.

Anyone have a fitting jig laying around that I could borrow?

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If I recall correctly My Smith and Alexander EZ Fit grip safety was purchased as a package from Brownells that included the jig. Unfortunately, somewhere between my child or the dog, one side of the jig went away. The beavertail was around $40 IIRC.

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If I had a fitting jig, I would loan it to you. S&A sells the beaver tails for 36.95 and the jigs for $16.95. They ship USPS so that is another $5.

All in all, still less than a 'smith.

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If I had a fitting jig, I would loan it to you. S&A sells the beaver tails for 36.95 and the jigs for $16.95. They ship USPS so that is another $5.

All in all, still less than a 'smith.
Thanks for adding that. I got mine several years ago, and have a Brownells discount. I went to their site and don't see the package deal that they had when I bought mine.
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What diameter?
Take a look at setting up a "poor man's" jig.
Washers on a bolt that the outside diameter matches the diameter of the grip safety.

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What diameter?
Take a look at setting up a "poor man's" jig.
Washers on a bolt that the outside diameter matches the diameter of the grip safety.
That sounds like a damn good way for me to EFF something up severely...

Your ever done it?

And most of these grip safeties give you the radius... How do I figure what diameter equals the given radius?

IIRC from 9th grade geometry, radius is the measurement from the center of a circle to the outside edge, and diameter is the measurement of a circle from edge to edge at the widest point? So does that mean I would double the radius to find the right diameter washers?
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Take the grip safety with you down to the neighborhood Ace Hardware.
Explain what you want to do, and they will help.

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Hmmm...

I'll strongly consider this Dan, thanks. I don't know if I can handle it or not, but I'll sure enough put some thought into it.

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Or take a trip to Clark's. They're only a couple of hours away.

But seriously, patience is the key. Once you have the material removed, it is hard to put back on.

The first one I did, I used washers, tape, grinding wheel, files, and a fifth of whiskey.

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I did my RIA with a jig and dremel. Patience is the key.

Turned around sold the jig on ebay and made a profit.

Also found this site handy.
http://www.blindhogg.com/gunsmith/brownbt.html

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