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    Ambi thumb safety?

    Do you like the ambi safeties or not?

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    I prefer ambi safties on my 1911's and 2011's, very useful in competition shootings.

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    They're useful if your strong-side hand gets injured, too.

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    I like them for just a range shooter. For a concealed carry 1911, I prefer a single side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
    They're useful if your strong-side hand gets injured, too.
    Indeed they are. Probably MORE important on a carry gun. If you carry and you don't practice support side shooting and weapons manipulation, you're only practicing half of what you need to be practicing.

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    They are a must for me

    I'm a lefty.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
    They're useful if your strong-side hand gets injured, too.
    Quote Originally Posted by zhurdan View Post
    Indeed they are. Probably MORE important on a carry gun. If you carry and you don't practice support side shooting and weapons manipulation, you're only practicing half of what you need to be practicing.
    I'm with them.

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    As a lefty on a working carry gun I can take them or leave them but would prefer to leave them. I see the benefit but living in a righty world I have gotten used to azz backwards. Left thumb back and around to sweep off on draw, index finger to sweep it up and back on. Side of index/trigger finger for the slide stop and middle or index for mag release. For right handed wrong way training I'm already set with controls on the left to use my right thumb.

    I am concerned about how much resistance some of these safety's have. Positive engagement or lack thereof I believe it is called. Many of the ambi's (not all) that I have tried were a bit too easy to bump off for my taste. Case in point the RIA Tactical or GI both have very lightly tensioned safety's. Not cool. Kimbers that I have tried had the same issue but not as bad. Springfield and I'm sure many others seem to know how to do it right thus improving the concept for my tastes.

    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.

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    Another southpaw here and I prefer the ambi safety. In fact, shortly after I got my Wilson CQB, I sent it back to Wilson to have them install an ambi safety. I try to practice using each hand by itself and I find it easier to "run the gun" in one-handed mode with a safety available on both sides of frame. I know JMB didn't design the 1911 with an ambi safety but I think it's one reasonable improvement to his iconic design.

    It's also interesting to note that a number of non-1911 semi-autos feature either ambi safeties or ambi decockers.

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    I have two with and two without. For carry, I prefer without, but then I'm right-handed.

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    I don't care for them. But on 1911's I own that do have them, I haven't changed them... yet.

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    I don't care for them; no reason in particular, I just prefer the single-side safety...

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    Im right handed,but Ambi is nice if i have to use my left hand.

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    Ambi remark

    Im a lefty so I have it on my EDC Kimber. My other Kimber . . .no

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    Wouldn't be without a safety on the right side of my pistol.

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    If I could afford one I would have it.

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    I'm right handed and I see no advantage and a couple of disadvantages.

    The extra safety adds width, and typically the ambi-safeties are of the extended variety--useful if you are wearing gloves, unnecessarily large if you are not.

    I am in favor of the safeties that can be switched from one side to the other.

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    Ambi safeties are a necessary evil when one is left-handed. This is especially true since no one I am aware of, makes a left-handed 1911 style pistol. 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.

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    i voted no because being a righty i don't need an ambi-safety as all guns are set-up for the right handed person.
    if i was wounded and unable to use my right hand, my left hand couldn't help me much anyway because i can't shoot worth a crap left handed.

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    Given a choice, I'll take the ambi, but it's no big deal to me, one way or the other, since I mostly just shoot my 1911 at the range. I love it, but I prefer striker-fired guns that don't need lever safeties, for concealed carry.

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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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