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WB Legal 1911 Grip Safety for GI Style Hammer Spur?


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I would like to give Wild Bunch a try and am interested in shooting in the Traditional category.  I once had a nice Colt series 70, but sold it off because the large hammer spur combined with the small grip safety always drew blood.  Are there any grip safety options that are legal for WB traditional category that will eliminate hammer bite?

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Thinning the back side of the hammer spur so that at full recoil of the slide it only comes to within 1/2" of touching the grip safety usually eliminates most of that problem.  As well, some metal can be shaved off the top surface of the grip safety itself, right at the contact point.  Combine that with the aforementioned flat mainspring housing, and that is what works for me.

Looking for a "traditional" grip safety that will protect your web of hand is like looking for a "steam bucket."   The reason that beavertail safeties are so long/large is they try to do that protection job solely by shielding the hammer.   That is fixing the symptom, not the cause.

good luck, GJ

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I’m not sure how you can get 1/2” of clearance from the hammer touching the grip safety. Without completely doing away with the hammer. Yes, Garrison, I have a screen shot of your post before you go edit it again. 
To the OP, having actually built several championship winning 1911s, I can help with your issue. 

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14 hours ago, Boggus Deal said:

I’m not sure how you can get 1/2” of clearance

One can't unless bending parts is in the plan. The reply was written without actually measuring a gun I had worked over.

I have now measured my standard match gun and there's a gap of 0.140" between hammer and grip safety at full slide travel.   THAT clearance is enough for my average size hand to avoid web pinching when firing.  I do know the fellow who tuned this gun and relieved the fit on the hammer spur - I see him every morning.

good luck, GJ

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On 5/15/2024 at 10:28 AM, Garrison Joe said:

One can't unless bending parts is in the plan. The reply was written without actually measuring a gun I had worked over.

I have now measured my standard match gun and there's a gap of 0.140" between hammer and grip safety at full slide travel.   THAT clearance is enough for my average size hand to avoid web pinching when firing.  I do know the fellow who tuned this gun and relieved the fit on the hammer spur - I see him every morning.

good luck, GJ

From .500” to .140”? That’s a pretty good sized error. Let’s hope no one ever pays attention to your load data errors… 

 

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