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Old 06-09-2011, 23:03   #1
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SA 1911 grip safety ques.

Does the beavertail grip safety really make much difference in comfort and control? I got SA 1911 with a hard chrome frame and blued slide I have had since 1991, and I don't like the drop in beavertail safety it has, so I have been thinking of reinstalling the original grip safety and hammer so I don't have to refinish it after installing a custom fitted beavertail grip safety.
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Old 06-09-2011, 23:13   #2
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I always read and been told the Beaver tail grip safety is a personal preference item. Its there to stop hammer bite and change the grip slightly. If you liked the previous setup better I don't see why going back to it would be a problem. I am sure thought there will be more knowledgeable guys along shortly. I am still really green to the 1911's
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Old 06-09-2011, 23:14   #3
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Only you can make that call.

Beaver-tail grip safeties are a must for me, they offer a level of comfort I can't get with the standard GI-style grip safety.
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Old 06-10-2011, 05:07   #4
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I find the beavertail grip safety to be comfortable however...I have a Colt XSE Government with the Ducktail and find it also quite comfortable...as for the original style G.I. type grip safety...I can do okay with that as well...for a long range session, I will have marks on the web of my hand but again...do just fine...

I think partially, I am used to a higher hand hold (because of the beavertail grip safety) and tend to hold higher with the G.I. than is necessary...but when I settle into a "regular" hand hold, the G.I. grip safety is just fine...YMMV...good luck with your choice...

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Old 06-10-2011, 06:14   #5
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Does the beavertail grip safety really make much difference in comfort and control? I got SA 1911 with a hard chrome frame and blued slide I have had since 1991, and I don't like the drop in beavertail safety it has, so I have been thinking of reinstalling the original grip safety and hammer so I don't have to refinish it after installing a custom fitted beavertail grip safety.
The only difference between the drop-in beavertail and the regular beavertail is the custom fitting that's required for the regular beavertail. Both have similar contour.

If you don't like the BTGS, then install the GIGS. Try that out, and if you find that BTGS helps w/ your grip, then go back to it.

And if you find the large gap fugly, then a regular BTGS must be fitted.
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Old 06-10-2011, 06:46   #6
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the SA (IMO) is more comfy than the Wilson that one can install on the same frame w/o cutting.
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Old 06-10-2011, 14:24   #7
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Thanks for all your replies. I will try the stock grip safty again to see how it feels, and if it's uncomfortable maybe I will try the Smith & Alexander.
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here's a Wilson BTGS on my TRP Champion.

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Old 06-10-2011, 16:17   #9
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Real men don't need beavertails!

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Old 06-10-2011, 16:27   #10
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Old 06-10-2011, 16:31   #11
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Old 06-10-2011, 17:03   #13
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I get hammer bite with every single GI gun out there and have the little scar to prove it. Its the one right next to the little scar from a Glock 19 that sliced my hand.

When you have man hands it happens.

Anyway, I also feel a high-ride beavertail grip safety gets me a better purchase, keeps it more stable in the hand while shooting and slightly spreads out the recoil more. Best thing is to put the GI grip safety on and go shoot it to determine if it works for you.
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Old 06-10-2011, 17:19   #14
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I hate the beavertails.
Especially the ones with the bumps.
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