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10-14-2010, 18:07
I posted this same thread in the wilson section of another board, thought I would post it here also to see if anyone else had any ideas.

Just picked up my first wilson (protector model) in a trade yesterday. The gun is in pristine shape and doesn't appear to have been shot much if any outside of the factory target group.

While I was doing my get acquainted fondling after I got it home I checked the beavertail safety function and found it was disabled.

I disassembled the gun and saw that the top of the mainspring housing was not the same as the msh on any of my other 1911's.

There was also a drift pin in the bottom of the beavertail (forgot to take a pic of that). You can see where the drift pin was contacting the top of the msh in the pic above.

Is this normal for protectors? Having the beavertail safety disabled doesn't bother me as long as it won't affect shooting safety, this won't be a carry gun just an occasional range shooter. I also pulled the drift pin out, will that affect anything.


Just uploaded a pic of the pistol and the pin. Yes I know my pic quality sucks.

the pin that was in the bottom of the beavertail. 10mm is for scale

Jim S.
10-14-2010, 18:28
People used to do that in the old days.
I pinned one sort of like that only I actually drilled and inserted a small pin in the MSH to hold the grip safety.
It was a thought back then that it eliminated a possible problem firing in a high stress situation.
I would not leave it deactivated and I certainly don't believe that it is necessary.
I've never had a problem where a 1911 didn't fire because of the grip safety not being depressed.
Even in a high stress situation.
Put it back the way it should be.

10-15-2010, 05:59
Thanks Jim, that makes sense.

I'll check with the guy I got it from today and see what he has to say about it.

10-21-2010, 07:47
Speaking of pinned grip safeties -what do the Illuminati here think of Novak's "The Answer"?

10-21-2010, 07:54
Why does that mainspring housing look so rough. Hard to believe someone would trade you a firearm with a safety device disabled and not tell you. :faint:

Jim S.
10-21-2010, 14:56
Speaking of pinned grip safeties -what do the Illuminati here think of Novak's "The Answer"?

Personally I think it is great. It's about time someone had the nerve to change something to do with safety on a gun.
I think the grip safety is unnecessary on a 1911 but since they come that way I don't believe in disabling them or altering them due to the liability lawyers these days.
But if it comes that way from a manufacturer then it is ok.
It took a brave group of individuals to make this decision.

10-21-2010, 15:51
congrats on the wilson. i disable the grip safeties on my HD and range guns, but not my carry

10-22-2010, 09:00
I wish Novak would make the part available for sale. I would put it on my USPSA guns.

10-22-2010, 09:59
Speaking of pinned grip safeties -what do the Illuminati here think of Novak's "The Answer"?
I've never had the question come up with a properly built pistol in 30 years.