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Old 12-12-2008, 05:54 PM   #1
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Hello,

I've been wondering this.

On your carry 1911, how wide do you prefer your thumb safety to be?

I carry mine trimmed down





to prevent snags and such, but I got to thinking that in a tense moment it may be easy to miss something that skinny, so I've been debating about going to a wider right side paddle (I'm a lefty).

The width would likely be Wilson's high ride. This is a Wilson that's installed, and rather than fitting a new safety, I figure I could pretty much "plug'n'play".

However, I only almost missed the safety once when drawing on a rabbit (still go the rabbit, and a few more, with some SWC rounds I have laying around. Rabbits are good for the reflexes I'm finding, and they're good in stew, too ).

Though I almost missed it once in literally thousands of draws, it got me to thinking about maybe I should go a little wider. If it snags, I can take it down until it doesn't.

What do you think? Worth the time and money? Or is this width about right for carry, in your opinion?

Thanks,

Josh <><

P.S. I do ride the safety, but my thumb stays up there just fine, just a minor consideration. J.S.

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Old 12-14-2008, 01:50 PM   #2
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I've tried Ed Browns and wilsons extended and even reshaped them, but for me I always go back to the factory Colt safety. They fit my thumb just right,and I don't have to worry about engaging the safety when shooting.

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Wilsom Combat Tactical Thumb Safety

http://www.wilsoncombat.com/a_thumb_safeties_tactical.asp

Takes some fitting but it's worth the effort.

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Since you're a southpaw, just use wide safety on that side only, if you do go with wider safety. It sounds like you're WAYYYY better shot than I'll EVER DREAM to be if you're consistantly hitting running rabbits with an 1911 .45. It takes me an Ruger 10/22 to be able to hit them on the run, usually more than 1 shot too.

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Hello,

The idea is to draw and shoot before they run. That's the "exercise."

I have never hit a running rabbit with a handgun.

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