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Old 08-03-2011, 10:00 AM   #19126
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1911 thumb safety

i know there are a ton of 1911 forums out there. but i trust the strangers on ADV more than i trust other internet strangers.

just got a new springfield 1911 mil spec. my first 1911. love it. stock wood grips are beautiful. trigger is crisp.

my only issue with it is the thumb safety. i don't mind the size/shape of it, but it takes a ton of effort to engage/disengage the safety. i see a lot of guys swapping stock safeties for "tactical" or ambidextrous ones. i don't really need that. i just want my stock safety to be a little easier. any ideas?

i've shot it a bunch, and it's well lubed (synthetic!!) but that hasn't made any difference.

thanks.

btw i'm becoming a fan of the 45acp round. would love to hear reviews of the springfield xd 45 in compact versus full size. i haven't shot either yet, but they seem like great carry guns.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:19 AM   #19127
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i know there are a ton of 1911 forums out there. but i trust the strangers on ADV more than i trust other internet strangers.

just got a new springfield 1911 mil spec. my first 1911. love it. stock wood grips are beautiful. trigger is crisp.

my only issue with it is the thumb safety. i don't mind the size/shape of it, but it takes a ton of effort to engage/disengage the safety. i see a lot of guys swapping stock safeties for "tactical" or ambidextrous ones. i don't really need that. i just want my stock safety to be a little easier. any ideas?

i've shot it a bunch, and it's well lubed (synthetic!!) but that hasn't made any difference.
thanks.

btw i'm becoming a fan of the 45acp round. would love to hear reviews of the springfield xd 45 in compact versus full size. i haven't shot either yet, but they seem like great carry guns.
"Shooting" per se doesn't actuate the safety. Actuate the safety with perhaps some graphite or such. It'll wear in/polish itself.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:21 AM   #19128
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I want the opposite. I like the ambidextrous safety and it's shape, but I feel like mine is a little too easy to disengage.

I'd prefer it be a little stiffer.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:23 AM   #19129
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I want the opposite. I like the ambidextrous safety and it's shape, but I feel like mine is a little too easy to disengage.

I'd prefer it be a little stiffer.
Pull the safety, then pull the plunger and spring and stretch the spring a tad, then reinstall. See if that works.

If you feel uneasy about doing this, watch this first.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Bh6K5rNenc
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:59 AM   #19130
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I'd prefer it be a little stiffer.
You're too young to have that problem.
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:07 PM   #19131
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I want the opposite. I like the ambidextrous safety and it's shape, but I feel like mine is a little too easy to disengage.

I'd prefer it be a little stiffer.
I think the princess and the pea waved some chicken bones just so to fix the terrible badness. No charge.
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:35 PM   #19132
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Just checking in to review (read: brag about) my Sig P250 9mm -- the only caliber of the P250 that isn't total crap, apparently.

The grip (medium) fits my tiny hand just fine, and I love that it's got that rough texture already worked into the surface (so I don't need to spend more money on a Hogue or anything). I have stubby thumbs, so when reloading, I've always just turned the whole shebang 90degrees while it's pointed up; I have no problem reaching the mag release button. And surprisingly, the slide release is just as easy to access.

I gotta say, for a compact, the thing fires beautifully. The trigger pull is heavy, but not as ugly as purported (this coming from my Sgt., who was convinced by everyone else that it was the crappiest gun on the planet -- until he shot mine). And, most importantly, the bullet goes exactly where I want it to (the 10 ring). I requalified with the Sig for the local Constable's office, and I made a 96 (deductions for one shot in the arm, one in the neck) -- not bad for a reserve deputy. My Sgt was impressed/surprised.

The pistol just FEELS good in my hand, like it was always made for me. My other Sig felt that way, too, and also fired as accurately. I think I'm becoming a fan.

My godfather, a Federal Air Marshal, mentioned that his agency said "fuck it" to the P250, but he also added that that doesn't make it a bad pistol for everyone else. My little Sig seems to be changing minds left and right -- so if you've heard bad things about this gun, give the 9mm version a try. It'll grow on ya.

Thanks again, EG!
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:34 PM   #19133
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For those in the market for a brass tumbler/cleaner: I just picked up a Lyman Ultrasonic today and I'm happy with it already. Cleaned my once fired brass very nicely in 3 minutes! I'm going to toss some stuff in it tomorrow that will really put it to the test, some brass from ammo that was reloaded nearly 40 years ago and looks it.

I will say that it doesn't polish at all, just cleans it and I have spotted a few fingerprints left on the cases. Luckily I don't care as long as its clean and functional.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:36 PM   #19134
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I think the princess and the pea waved some chicken bones just so to fix the terrible badness. No charge.

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Old 08-04-2011, 06:58 AM   #19135
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:59 AM   #19136
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:09 AM   #19137
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Project MEUSOC ROCK

I have a goal to do up my GI RIA 1911 to make it a MEUSOC clone. It won't take a whole lot thankfully, here's what it'll look like when finished,



Here's what it looks like now. The gun on the bottom of the picture,

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Old 08-04-2011, 10:11 AM   #19138
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I think the princess and the pea waved some chicken bones just so to fix the terrible badness. No charge.
Like I like.

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Just checking in to review (read: brag about) my Sig P250 9mm -- the only caliber of the P250 that isn't total crap, apparently.

The grip (medium) fits my tiny hand just fine, and I love that it's got that rough texture already worked into the surface (so I don't need to spend more money on a Hogue or anything). I have stubby thumbs, so when reloading, I've always just turned the whole shebang 90degrees while it's pointed up; I have no problem reaching the mag release button. And surprisingly, the slide release is just as easy to access.

I gotta say, for a compact, the thing fires beautifully. The trigger pull is heavy, but not as ugly as purported (this coming from my Sgt., who was convinced by everyone else that it was the crappiest gun on the planet -- until he shot mine). And, most importantly, the bullet goes exactly where I want it to (the 10 ring). I requalified with the Sig for the local Constable's office, and I made a 96 (deductions for one shot in the arm, one in the neck) -- not bad for a reserve deputy. My Sgt was impressed/surprised.

The pistol just FEELS good in my hand, like it was always made for me. My other Sig felt that way, too, and also fired as accurately. I think I'm becoming a fan.

My godfather, a Federal Air Marshal, mentioned that his agency said "fuck it" to the P250, but he also added that that doesn't make it a bad pistol for everyone else. My little Sig seems to be changing minds left and right -- so if you've heard bad things about this gun, give the 9mm version a try. It'll grow on ya.

Thanks again, EG!
You're welcome!




I wonder if the crappy history of the P250 has to do with the first generation of it which was apparently a little different. At least as far as some changes to the grip frame. But I haven't done any research into it.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:16 AM   #19139
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I have a goal to do up my GI RIA 1911 to make it a MEUSOC clone. It won't take a whole lot thankfully, here's what it'll look like when finished,



Here's what it looks like now. The gun on the bottom of the picture,

Cool. Doesn't look like a whole lot of modification, adding a beavertail, different trigger and better sights. I'd personally pass on the Pachy grips, but to each his own. I don't like rubber grips, get rid of them on any/all of my handguns.....with the sole exception of the Goodyears on the 500 Mags because of the Sorbothane insert, but they sure are ugly.

I find that a 1911 without a beavertail chews up the web of my hand if I'm not damned careful, and I don't like to have to be when I'm drawing from a holster in a match or in a hurry. The beavertail is the one additional thing that John Browning should have put on his gun in the first place IMHO!
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:02 AM   #19140
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i know there are a ton of 1911 forums out there. but i trust the strangers on ADV more than i trust other internet strangers.

just got a new springfield 1911 mil spec. my first 1911. love it. stock wood grips are beautiful. trigger is crisp.

my only issue with it is the thumb safety. i don't mind the size/shape of it, but it takes a ton of effort to engage/disengage the safety. i see a lot of guys swapping stock safeties for "tactical" or ambidextrous ones. i don't really need that. i just want my stock safety to be a little easier. any ideas?

i've shot it a bunch, and it's well lubed (synthetic!!) but that hasn't made any difference.

thanks.

btw i'm becoming a fan of the 45acp round. would love to hear reviews of the springfield xd 45 in compact versus full size. i haven't shot either yet, but they seem like great carry guns.
The Springfield Mil-Spec is is a great .45. Any decent gunsmith should be able to do a trigger job and re-fit your safety for about $50.

The 1911 platform is great but most sub $1000 guns can use a little fine tuning to be really smooth.
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