loose beavertail, need how to

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by MrWray, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    The beavertail on my 1911 has alot of play in it and rattles really bad when im carrying it. How do i make it tighter where it doesnt rattle?
     
  2. canebrake

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    You had a new ambi thumb safety installed, right?

    The safety is the hinge pin and the ambi is two piece. Does the safety still work? Does it feel loose?

    The sear spring also contacts the grip safety. Can you still feel the spring when you engage the grip safety?
     

  3. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Didnt have an ambi safety installed, still factory.. The beavertail operates just fine, its just loose as hell
     
  4. pagj17

    pagj17 New Member

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    You could try putting a sleeve inside the "tunnel" for the thumbsafety pin. Mine is a little loose but only a hair.
     
  5. Alpha1Victor

    Alpha1Victor New Member

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    You can tighten it up by ever so slightly bending you mainspring for your grip safety.

    Signing out, Alpha1victor.
     
  6. pagj17

    pagj17 New Member

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    That would actually be the sear spring.
    OP, are you talking in and out or side to side movement?
     
  7. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Pretty much both, i mean its not like its barely hanging on but you can shake the gun and it rattles like crazy.like i said its functions properly i just have a HUGE pet peeve about things that rattle and it bugs the hell out of me
     
  8. pagj17

    pagj17 New Member

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    You may have to swap out the grip safety.
     
  9. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    I dont have the slightest bit of DIY knowledge other than field stripping a 1911 so ill just swing by the gunsmith one day next week and let him mess with it
     
  10. oldman45

    oldman45 New Member

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    Sir, this is a simple fix but a common problem. I had some work done on one of my 1911 guns earlier this year. When I got it back, it rattled with each step I took.

    There is a flat tension spring behind the grip safety. All one has to do is place enough bend on that spring to stop the play. Takes about five minutes or less.
     
  11. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Thank you for the info sir, i would love to do the adjustment myself but i dont have a clue on the steps to do it
     
  12. trip286

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    Mr. Wray, there are many videos on youtube concerning complete detailed diss and ass of 1911's. Take a look at them and then decide whether or not you want to do it yourself. I don't even have one, and I'd feel pretty confident trying it. (I also just like to take things apart too)
     
  13. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    I just got back from the gunsmith, he bent the mainspring for the grip safety and fixed the problem, all better now. He didnt even charge me anything,so i bought some ammo... Thanks for all the advice guys