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NDLAWRENCE
01-07-2011, 06:28
how hard is it to change out a safety on a kimber custom? im left handed so i going to need to change it out. also any ideas on where to find one?
Thanks,
Nathan

Quack
01-07-2011, 06:55
Which safety? It'll need to be fit for proper operation.

1006
01-07-2011, 06:55
This is one of those times that an exact answer is not possible -- it depends on your abilities in this type of work. If you are used to working with files and reading directions and have a means to hold the safety while you file it, and you are very careful to check and recheck, it is about an hour from start to finish. You can look at your old safety for an idea of how to file the new one. If you botch it up its is another 30 bucks for a the part and shipping. I like Cylinder and Slide parts for first timers, because they come with some directions. Others may also come with guidance. Kimber will likely do it for a reasonable price, but any local 1911 smith can handle it.

Nubbins
01-07-2011, 07:33
Thumb safety? If so here's a few links I have saved
http://forum.m1911.org/showthread.php?t=67918
http://forum.m1911.org/showthread.php?t=37357
this is a good read
http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=145628

NDLAWRENCE
01-07-2011, 16:24
this may be a dumb ? but can you not buy a left handed thumb saftey from kimber and just drop in without filing?

Quack
01-07-2011, 16:26
nope...

NDLAWRENCE
01-07-2011, 16:42
nope...

well thats sucks lol i guess ill do some more research then give it a go:wavey:

Nubbins
01-07-2011, 16:58
well thats sucks lol i guess ill do some more research then give it a go:wavey:

If you do try it you may want to use a 10-8 Armorer Block to help in fitting safety.
http://www.10-8performance.com/1911_Armorer_files/shapeimage_21.png

ambluemax
01-08-2011, 08:37
If you have to ask, you shouldn't attempt it. A hack fitting job on a safety is a stupid reason to shoot yourself in the foot. Spend $20 and have a gunsmith do it for you.

Quack
01-08-2011, 12:21
here's some instructions.

http://brazoscustom.com/magart/0601.htm

and this is how the safety works.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v665/hautlipz/1911_cutaway_thumb_safety_blocking_.jpg

Nakanokalronin
01-08-2011, 16:23
If your going to an ambi safety, I have found no better model than this: http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/sid=62298/pid=32437/sku/Ambi_Extended_Safety__SS?utm_medium=shoppingengine&utm_source=googlebase&mc_id=10000&gdftrk=gdfV21820_a_7c187_a_7c745_a_7c168000108_d_168000105_d_729
It has a square shaft, grip tab and modified hammer pin that locks into the groove of the right side half. The only 1911 I ever wanted a ambi safety on is my Colt Rail Gun.

http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/143/l_11cfc3552ced453c8be135b5e9448234.jpg
http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/132/l_5f2b91dbebe743ad8967a25d4346f6fa.jpg

It took very little fitting and I like that if the right side is completely out, the safety still works and stays in place. There are no half shafts or slots to connect one side to the other.

NDLAWRENCE
01-13-2011, 08:19
ive got a couple more questions. do you have to fit the hammer and sear if you replace them?
Thanks For the help,
Nathan

proudpapa
01-13-2011, 08:49
If all your doing is replacing the thumb safety you shouldn't need to. The reason for filing on the thumb safety where you do is to fit it to the hammer and sear.

NDLAWRENCE
01-13-2011, 09:36
i was talking about changing out the hammer and sear for a wilson combat hammer and sear will that need to be fitted also

proudpapa
01-13-2011, 10:02
I misread the question. You would have to do some fitting of the hammer and sear if you do replace them. I use a jig kind of like the one at the link whenever I do something like that. It helps to keep everything straight.

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=21082/Product/ULTIMATE_1911_SEAR_JIG

CAcop
01-13-2011, 11:14
If you do try it you may want to use a 10-8 Armorer Block to help in fitting safety.
http://www.10-8performance.com/1911_Armorer_files/shapeimage_21.png

My 1911 armorer instructor taught us how to use the witness holes of a GI mag as a jig.