How Wide Do You Like Your Thumb Safety?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Joshua M. Smith, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. Joshua M. Smith

    Joshua M. Smith New Member

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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

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    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.
     
  2. sweet45

    sweet45 New Member

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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.
     

  3. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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  4. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    Since you're a southpaw, just use wide safety on that side only, if you do go with wider safety.:eek: 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.
     
  5. Joshua M. Smith

    Joshua M. Smith New Member

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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.

    Josh <><