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Old 12-04-2014, 13:27   #1
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1911 for a Lefty

I just picked up a Para Expert for a very nice deal. I've never owned a 1911 always been a Glock guy or SW revolvers.

I want to add an Ambi Safety but was wondering if anyone makes a "left handed safety" that anyone recommends? I haven't seen one advertised as a left handed safety.

Also is a one piece guide rod a drop in part or does it need to be fitted to the pistol.

Apologize in advance for the newbie questions.
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Old 12-04-2014, 13:31   #2
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Generally there is no "left handed safety" available for the 1911. There are a very few left handed 1911s. Chambers Custom Pistols has some of the last known frames. You could contact Joe, but one of his pistols is not cheap.

A one piece guide rod & plug is generally a drop in

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Old 12-04-2014, 13:48   #3
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The only ambi safety that I would install is Wilson's "bullet proof safety". The rest of them will loosen up very quickly, especially if you ride the safety while shooting.
My experience with one piece guide rods, is that even if they are supposed to drop in, they haven't.
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Old 12-04-2014, 15:19   #4
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The Wilson Bullet proof is nice, but EGW reset the bar.

http://www.egwguns.com/index.php?p=product&id=149
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The Wilson Bullet proof is nice, but EGW reset the bar.

http://www.egwguns.com/index.php?p=product&id=149
Damn, at that price, I'd be finding me a lefty version Randall.
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Won't find a Randall for $139.99......but I get your point
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Old 12-04-2014, 17:04   #7
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My experience with one piece guide rods, is that even if they are supposed to drop in, they haven't.
Not a fan of them, but have never sen issues with the Wilson guide rods
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Old 12-04-2014, 17:18   #8
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Also is a one piece guide rod a drop in part or does it need to be fitted to the pistol.

Apologize in advance for the newbie questions.

Actually it needs to be removed and 'dropped in' the trash can and be replaced by the GI set-up.

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Old 12-04-2014, 17:18   #9
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The Wilson Bullet proof is nice, but EGW reset the bar.

http://www.egwguns.com/index.php?p=product&id=149
Beat me to the punch. This is what I'd be looking at if I was a lefty (well I kind of am, but not with pistols).
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Damn, at that price, I'd be finding me a lefty version Randall.
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Won't find a Randall for $139.99......but I get your point
Yes, but does anyone make an ambi where the right side safety lever is as robust as the left side? I've broken a few ambi safeties over the years. Buy once, cry once as they say.
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Old 12-04-2014, 17:45   #11
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Many models of 1911 currently have ambidextrous safeties.

Wilson Combat is a source for aftermarket ambi safeties. You may need a gunsmith to install it if your not handy.
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Damn, at that price, I'd be finding me a lefty version Randall.
I immediately thought the same thing.

Any idea what a left-handed Randall goes for?
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Model 1911's were designed fror RIGHT HANDED USE, if they were to be DUEL HANDED, Mr. Browning would have designed em that way.
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Old 12-06-2014, 21:17   #14
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Springfield TRP, S&W E-SERIES, Kimber Raptor, Springfield LW Operator. Just a few that I have that are lefty friendly.
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Old 12-07-2014, 18:19   #15
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Damn, at that price, I'd be finding me a lefty version Randall.

Those things are super expensive...
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I immediately thought the same thing.

Any idea what a left-handed Randall goes for?
Normally $3200
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:25   #17
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Model 1911's were designed fror RIGHT HANDED USE, if they were to be DUEL HANDED, Mr. Browning would have designed em that way.
Sounds like the manual my Springfield M1A came with. It mentions that the rifle is meant to be" shot right handed because that's the way the Army wanted it."

FYI I spent 1994 in Puerto Rico for work. Loved every minute of it. Took me a few months to lose my mofongo pounds when I left
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Model 1911's were designed fror RIGHT HANDED USE, if they were to be DUEL HANDED, Mr. Browning would have designed em that way.
And if everyone was born right-handed, this thread would not exist.

And as a lefty, thank you for your valuable observation.
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Model 1911's were designed fror RIGHT HANDED USE, if they were to be DUEL HANDED, Mr. Browning would have designed em that way.
Duel handed? Is that when one hand fights the other one?




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