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    Quote Originally Posted by high pockets View Post
    ...This is especially true since no one I am aware of, makes a left-handed 1911 style pistol.
    Randall, Olympic Arms, Falcon Arms and Rocky Mountain Arms have made true left-handed 1911's. Randalls will occasionally show up on the firearms auction websites but they are pricey.

    There's a German or Austrian company called Mogdans that apparently offers brand-new left-handed 1911's. The lefties are said to be the same price of a right-handed pistol. If you can read German or want to see some pictures, follow this link: Mogdans


    Quote Originally Posted by high pockets View Post
    Whenever I consider the purchase of another 1911, I just mentally add $50-$75 to have the ambi-safety added.

    The ambi safety also comes in very handy when practising off-hand shooting.
    I also put ambi safeties in if the pistol doesn't come equipped that way. I think it makes sense to have the ambi so that if you are shooting one-handed with either hand, you have easy access to the thumb safety.

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    Being a lefty its a must..I would think its not a bad idea even if your righty.

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    i love the ambi safeties because i am ambi and i carry ambi so it just makes it more convenient.... granted with my autos i do have to use the middle finger of my right hand to trip the slide release if i am shooting lefty, but thats ok, my finger is there already

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    Like them. practice both strong and weak hand ambi. really a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dondavis3 View Post
    They are a must for me

    I'm a lefty.

    Here too.

    "Everybody was born right handed.....it's just us fortunate few that have learned to overcome it."

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    I carry with an open top type holster most of the time so I have had the ambi safety get pushed off many times over the years and prefer the single safety. The trigger is covered so there never were any accidental discharges. When doing weak hand drills it's not hard to learn to push the safety off. My competiton guns all have ambi safeties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuefelhunden View Post
    If I had started out shooting 1911's with ambi's I would no doubt not settle for anything else but I trained too long with out it so they feel foreign. Muscle memory is a weird thing. I'm not too old to change but I am growing more resistant. Long story short I respect the concept but no thank you.
    This is exactly what I don't like about the whole idea. I envision myself with big hole in my leg obtained while practicing. In short they make me mighty nervous probably cause I'm an old guy set in my ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgrundy View Post
    I carry with an open top type holster most of the time so I have had the ambi safety get pushed off many times over the years and prefer the single safety. The trigger is covered so there never were any accidental discharges. When doing weak hand drills it's not hard to learn to push the safety off. My competiton guns all have ambi safeties.
    Honestly, and I'm not criticizing you personally, but rather your equipment. If your weapon can come off safe in the holster, then the holster is not designed well. I'd replace it with something similar but of better design. I carry a 1911 IWB and the sweat shield is press formed around the safety so it won't come off while holstered. Might want to check into something similar. They still leave plenty of purchase area to grab your gun while still giving you the peace of mind that the safety will be where you left it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhurdan View Post
    Honestly, and I'm not criticizing you personally, but rather your equipment. If your weapon can come off safe in the holster, then the holster is not designed well. I'd replace it with something similar but of better design. I carry a 1911 IWB and the sweat shield is press formed around the safety so it won't come off while holstered. Might want to check into something similar. They still leave plenty of purchase area to grab your gun while still giving you the peace of mind that the safety will be where you left it.
    I've got over 45 years of practice behind me and really don't want to change my preferred style of carry. I just carry my guns with the single lever or a SIG or Glock. And I don't rely on the grip safety it's pinned. Thanks for your concern though.

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    On alot of holsters,custom made too,have the molding done with the safety off,it isn't the easiest to find all the 1911 variations in a blue gun for molding made with the safety up.It's common for an ambi to be knocked off carrying if anything touches your side,happens to alot of people.

    Since I'm a righty,I have no use for one.My index finger can swipe it off on the grip if I grab it with the left hand,and if it's being transfered to my left the safety is off already.There's also the issue of the joint loosening.If they are fit correctly with a positive stop for the rt side they're fine,quite a few aren't fit so well.The issue of tension is a great point,I've seen many that come off easy but go on harder.I've had to adjust many of mine,new gun or a replacement.A little finessing of the plunger bearing surface cures it pretty easily and you can set the tansion to what you like.

    I've carried Condition 0 a few times not realizing it got knocked off,doesn't make me feel unsafe but some freak right out.The reality is,what's going to happen?Shy of a sear or hammer hooks breaking,it can't go off-you have the equivolent of a Glock at the very least,but technically it's still safer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedDeBearFrmHell View Post
    i love the ambi safeties because i am ambi and i carry ambi so it just makes it more convenient.... granted with my autos i do have to use the middle finger of my right hand to trip the slide release if i am shooting lefty, but thats ok, my finger is there already
    I just held my kimber and tried what you described and I am confused..when holding left handed my right middle finger is on the 3rd finger of my left hand nowhere near the slide release????

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    I think he meant to say mag release.

    Rt handed I think it's arguablly quicker to just trip the slide release after a reload as you reaquire the support hand grip,shooting lefty I slingshot it.I don't think they are made anymore but I never subscribed to the ambi slide release,but HK figured out the mag catch long ago.I'd love to have that incorporated into a 1911,so the best I could do is go out and put a USP Tactical 45 in the family.What a nice friggin piece they are!

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    IMHO the only reason for an ambi safety is if you're left handed. They rip up my shirts when carried concealed. If my right arm was shot I can still flip it off with my left hand without issue.

    I did notice a few times that my holster rubbed the safety on the left one and clicked it off a few times too.....that was the final straw.

    Your results may vary.

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    I don't want any externally settable safeties or decockers of any on my carry guns. All I want to do is "pull and pull"* if I have to employ my sidearm. The last thing I want to worry about is a safety and its state.


    * "pull and pull" = pull the gun and pull the trigger.

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    I don't like them,, My Combat Elite has the small ambi on it, hurts my right hand. I also don't like the extended safetys, took one off my Kimber and put on a std. Colt safety. I have a Ruger SR1911 with extended safety and it may be OK it's shaped differently than the Kimber was.

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    OK that's weird, that post is listed as today but I've seen it happen before.

    I prefer certain extended safeties, I feel better using my finger over the joint to operate it. What I don't like is the wide ones or the thinner versions with the squared off rear. Ed Brown and McCormick's "tactical" safety have about the perfect shape for me, so I'll just reshape them to that profile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rex View Post
    OK that's weird, that post is listed as today but I've seen it happen before.

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    It's a result of a poll thread. When someone votes in the poll it bumps the thread.

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    LOL True! and Only left handed people are in they're right minds too! All three of my 1911's have had Ambi safeties installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dondavis3 View Post
    They are a must for me

    I'm a lefty.


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    The Ambi safety seems to me to increase the chances of the weapon snagging on clothing. My 1911 has it but I would rather just have the right-handed safety. Of course that't because I'm right handed.

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