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Old 03-18-2014, 03:55 AM   #1
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I'm a Springfield XD guy and AR's. I'm going to purchase a 1911, and I've pretty much decided on the Rock Island Tactical 2 FS. I've shot 1911's before, but my problem is my grip. I use the aggressive thumbs forward grip when I shoot XD's and Glocks. The stupid safety on the 1911 is literally right in my way fro my right thumb to rest comfortably on the gun. Anybody have this problem? Is there a fix other than my grip? I won't be carrying this firearm, so the safety isn't my biggest concern. Or should I say speed of safety operation. Thanks guys
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Old 03-18-2014, 04:14 AM   #2
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Thumb safeties vary in size and shape among the 1911's. Try also an arched vs straight mainspring housing before you buy. Whichever is the most comfortable wins. Riding the safety with your thumb during firing may cause malfunctions.
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Thumb safeties vary in size and shape among the 1911's. Try also an arched vs straight mainspring housing before you buy. Whichever is the most comfortable wins. Riding the safety with your thumb during firing may cause malfunctions.
Bingo... Love my 1911's but a buddy bought a custom with one of those "stupid big" safety switches and I kept bumping in "on" during recoil.

I like the smaller to medium thumb safeties for this reason.

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Most 1911 shooters use the thumbs forward grip also. You rest your thumb on top of the thumb safety lever.

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Most 1911 shooters use the thumbs forward grip also. You rest your thumb on top of the thumb safety lever.

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Exactly the way to do it. They also make thumb safeties with a lowered lever.
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Exactly the way to do it. They also make thumb safeties with a lowered lever.
You mind linking one for me? I have no idea what to even look at. I'd definitely want one though. Thanks guys I'll try thumb on top
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Just a reminder, not everyone thinks so. Riding the safety may feel convenient, but if you touch the slide during firing, you may cause a malfunction.
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I've put thousands of rounds through my 1911s using that grips and never had a problem or malfunction by touching the slide. Unless you're shooting a 9mm with mild reloads and over sprung, there is enough force with the slide to keep moving forward if your brush against the slide with your thumb.


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Once you get into shooting the 1911 with your thumb resting on the safety, your grip will become natural. You'll start doing the same grip on the XD. It won't affect the XD.

My problems come when I shoot a Sig. Now my thumb wants to be on the Sig slide stop, so the slide won't lock to the rear on the last round.
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http://shopwilsoncombat.com/Thumb-Safety-Low-Lever-Bullet-Proof-Blue/productinfo/6BLLBP/

http://shopwilsoncombat.com/Thumb-Safety-Low-Lever-Bullet-Proof-Stainless/productinfo/6SLLBP/
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