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Old 03-06-2012, 07:09 AM
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Ed Brown grip safety fitment?




Took the plunge and ordered a commander size Caspian frame/slide yesterday.

I ordered it with a .250 radius and placed an order for an Ed Brown grip safety.

I was reading some older threads where people had trouble with fitting the EB gs.

Has that issue been resolved? Anyone with recent experience fitting an EB to a Caspian?

Thanks!
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:22 AM
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I read through this thread and then this one and decided to add an EGW .245 radius gs to my order.

When all the parts arrive, I'll test fit the Brown and EGW then decide which one will give the best results.

If I don't use the Brown for the Caspain, I can return it or possibly fit it on another gun.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:43 PM
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The Ed Brown beavertail is made for a VERY high grip hand-hold, so it usually requires relieving and re-blending the UNDERSIDE of the frame tangs. This brings you very close the the thumb-safety's pin hole, which may leave your thumb-safety hanging 'over' the (new) edge of your re-contoured frame, when the safety is in the 'down' position. This, then, requires you to re-contour the thumb-safety to match the frame contour... but now you may leave the safety's frame 'window' exposed when it is in the 'up' position.
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:13 PM
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Thanks, with the EB, I was concerned about blending too much of the frame to the part.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:24 AM
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The shape of the upper tangs is where the problem arises in fitting a Brown, or any other .250" radius safety to Caspian frames. The tangs slope downward quite a bit the further you move out on the tangs. A .250" radius removes the least of material from the tangs and the downward slope can give you a real problem getting a smooth and pleasing transition between the frame and safety. Again, this is on the top.

Since a .220" radius goes deeper into the tangs, the downward slope is eliminated by the tang cut. We've gotten consistent results in class by using the .220" radius S&A grip safeties.

Here are some class Caspians with the S&A grip safety, built by first-timers.



Notice how the upper frame lines sweep into the top lines of the grip safeties smoothly.



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Old 03-14-2012, 08:31 PM
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Bob, thanks for the info. Nice work in the examples above! That's the type of look I'm seeking.

I think I'll plan to order a .220 SA so I can compare it to the other ones.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:27 AM
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Great post, Mr. Rodgers. Very helpful.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:28 AM
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Caspian recently added more meat to the tang area to make fitting a Brown safety easier. I understand Brown has also changed the geometry of their safety for the same reason so it should be easier for the novice builder to fit and blend safeties.
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:05 PM
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Caspian recently added more meat to the tang area to make fitting a Brown safety easier. I understand Brown has also changed the geometry of their safety for the same reason so it should be easier for the novice builder to fit and blend safeties.
Way to go Gary!!!!....Love Caspian!!






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Old 04-25-2012, 09:07 PM
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An update: I test fit the EB part and the EGW .245 radius, then decided to go with the EGW one.

The EB gs could have worked, but I would have had to grind/file a fair amount of material off the part plus the frame to make it work.

The EGW gs is beefier, as they say in the right places. Most of the grinding/filing was done on the part rather than the frame. I'm almost done blending it to the frame, it's turning out well, and I will try to get some pics up next week when I'm off work.

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Old 05-01-2012, 07:28 PM
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A few pics of the EGW. I still have some final blending and scratch removal to do. Using my cell phone, sorry 'bout the quality.
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