Carry w/Ambi Safety
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  1. #1
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    May 2010

    Carry w/Ambi Safety

    I own and love the 1911 model, and have several in various sizes & calibers. Most of them have Ambi Safeties. I'm right handed. I live in the communist state of Illinois so only carry when I am in other states.... which isn't often. Hopefully this will change with the November election....

    My question is, is there any added risk of carrying a 1911 with ambi safeties that the right sided safety will get accidentally bumped and disengaged. Is it safer to carry a single safety 1911?


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    Dec 2008
    The safety can be moved into the off position, it gets bumped by a seat belt etc. A step in safeguarding this from occurring is to have a holster that it molded in such a fashion that the thumb safety "rests" in a spot that prevents it from moving.

    Another option is trimming off the right side lever so that it doesn't stick out as much or replace the ambi with a lower profile part such as THIS.

    When I carried a 1911 with an ambi, there were a couple times I'd find it in the off position, this really didn't bother me as there was still the grip safety, firing pin safety, and a pull of the trigger that had be be dealt with before the gun would go off, this was also with a holster that did not have a molded body panel to help prevent the safety from moving. I will also add that during that time I was in/out of the car alot and that I don't recall the safety ever being switched off during more normal activities.

    If I do add an ambi in the future, I plan on buying one of the above listed safeties and mating it with an elongated left side lever to have the best of both worlds, a long lever for right handed use, and a low profile lever for left handed use should the need arise without the worry of anything catching on the safety.

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