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New to 1911, looking to replace the ambi for a single safety.
I like the Ed Brown Tactical SS,... looks like one size fits all?
I have the little EMP..takes the same safety as a 5" 1911?
Thanks for the help
 

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As with most 1911's, not much is one size fits all, drop in. Not 100% sure on the EMP, but considering they had to shrink and redesign over a dozen parts to make it work, I would guess it has different dimentions.
Call Springfield, they are more than friendly and always willing to help.

Not being left handed, I hate ambi controls on the 1911. I've had the safety disengaged way more times than I would like while wearing it in a holster. Just not safe.
 

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In the same line of questioning, is there any difference between a 9mm thumb safety and a .45ACP thumb safety? If both are full size, shouldn't they be the same?
 

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In the same line of questioning, is there any difference between a 9mm thumb safety and a .45ACP thumb safety? If both are full size, shouldn't they be the same?
If you are comparing the same company's handgun, just in a different caliber, then yes.
 

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New to 1911, looking to replace the ambi for a single safety.
I like the Ed Brown Tactical SS,... looks like one size fits all?
I have the little EMP..takes the same safety as a 5" 1911?
Thanks for the help
Yes, I use an Ed Brown thumb safety on my EMP.
Fitted it myself.

Got mine from Brownells..
No specific part for the EMP, just a 1911 part..
The thumb safety is not one of the parts SA changed for the EMP..







the 15 re-engineered parts in the EMP:

slide
frame
left grip panel
right grip panel
firing pin
firing pin spring
extractor
plunger tube
plunger spring
trigger
magazine tube
magazine follower
magazine spring
magazine base plate
magazine base pad

You'll find a plethora of info on your EMP here..

Talk about your EMP here! - 1911Forum
 

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Hey 1lowlife, what exactly do you mean by hand fitted? What was required? :?:
 

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Not being left handed, I hate ambi controls on the 1911. I've had the safety disengaged way more times than I would like while wearing it in a holster. Just not safe.[/QUOTE]


My 1911 only has the single safety and that's fine for me, but the impression that I get from many is that the ambi safety is a better choice because it allows you to disengage the safety with the left hand should your right hand become incapacitated. I'd not heard much discussion about accidental disengagement of the ambi safety. Does this happen from the safety lever brushing against things while holstered?
 

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Hey 1lowlife, what exactly do you mean by hand fitted? What was required? :?:
This was taken from mhillsing23's post on 1911forum.com

You probably won't have to do any fitting, except for the sear engagement, so you probably won't have to take out the entire sear group as the Brazos link suggests.

This is the most important picture, right here:


I suggest this...
- Take the mainspring housing (MSH), thumb safety (TS), and grip safety out.
- Reinstall the original TS, and the MSH, but not the grip safety.
- Examine how the original TS interacts with the sear.
- Take the original TS out and compare it to the new TS.
- Note the angle on the sear stud.
- Begin to file the new TS with the same angle.
- File. Check. File. Check. File. Check. File. Check. Etc.
- You should be able to get the new TS in place before it is actually done being fitted.
- Once you can get it into place, but it is still hard to engage, keep filing, but go very slow.
- Use a marker to mark the TS and see where it is rubbing on the sear.
- Keep in mind that the TS will probably break in a bit. I left mine stiff, but after several dozen engagements/disengagements it is just right now

This is the Brazos link he referred to.
It is for an ambi but the sear filing would be the same..

Fitting an Ambi Safety

I used this link as well..

Fitting a 1911 Thumb Safety
 

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Cool, thanks. I'll check the links, if I can't reach them at work, I'll try tonight from home. ;)
 

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As posted above, a little fitting may be needed for most parts, they are not exactly drop in with no modification like say, a Glock.

Lowlife, are thise the factory grips, or by VZ?
 

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Dang, forgot to check those links at home.
I did for fun, swap thumb safties between the RIA 1911 and my Kimber Pro Carry II.
Both 9mm.
They worked fine in either weapon, although the Kimber wasn't as a tight a fit in the RIA as the RIA was in the Kimber. The RIA obviously has a bit larger diameter, but mnimal and works fine.
I'd feel fine getting an extended thumb safety from kimber for my RIA.
That was nice to know.
I'll definitely check out the sear engagement link though so I'm aware what to look for.
Thanks again.
 

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As posted above, a little fitting may be needed for most parts, they are not exactly drop in with no modification like say, a Glock.

Lowlife, are these the factory grips, or by VZ?
No those grips are stock from SA.
They either come with these or rosewood grips.



I think they are made by Larry Davidson, but I'm not sure.
MonkeyGrips

I just had a run around with VZ over the grips I bought from them for my RIA.
Although they did refund most of my money, I won't be buying from them anymore.
VZ makes some great grips, they just don't follow custom order instructions very well.

Larry made these for my Kimber, I should have looked to him first for my RIA grips..



And to the OP, I was looking for a smaller thumb saftey for my Kimber.
I found a Kimber Aegis TS on eBay.
It fit my CDP perfectly, I probably need to sell it, I have no use for it anymore.



On another 1911 note, I called SA today and paid for my upgrades on the EMP.
They told me 10 weeks but finished it in two weeks.
I should have it back Wednesday.
Looking forward to it, pics will be posted..:D
 

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And to the OP, I was looking for a smaller thumb saftey for my Kimber.
I found a Kimber Aegis TS on eBay.
It fit my CDP perfectly, I probably need to sell it, I have no use for it anymore.
Wanna trade off that long Thumb safety? It might look nice on my Pro Carry... or work on my RIA. PM me if ya do.
:)
 

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Wanna trade off that long Thumb safety? It might look nice on my Pro Carry... or work on my RIA. PM me if ya do.
:)
D,
I sold the Kimber with the stock ambi safety.
I still have the smaller Aegis nub saftey though.

Since I had the EMP nickel-tefloned (should get it back Wednesday) it won't match the rest of the gun.
I'm pretty happy with the Ed Brown single side I put on the EMP.

Do you have any use for the small nub safety?
PM me if you do...
If not I might put it up here or back on eBay.
 

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D,
I sold the Kimber with the stock ambi safety.
I still have the smaller Aegis nub saftey though.

Since I had the EMP nickel-tefloned (should get it back Wednesday) it won't match the rest of the gun.
I'm pretty happy with the Ed Brown single side I put on the EMP.

Do you have any use for the small nub safety?
PM me if you do...
If not I might put it up here or back on eBay.
I probably don't need it. Seem to be collecting spare parts though as much as possible. Wanna send it on, no problemo.
Otherwise see if someone can really use it.
Checked out those links, nice.
THANKS!
 
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