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Old 03-01-2016, 08:54 PM
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Ambidextrous Safety

Hi all,

I am a left handed shooter, new to the 1911 platform and I'm looking at an SR1911 but I need an ambi safety. What would one recommend? Wilson Combat? If I buy an ambi safety from Wilson or someone else do I need any other parts to take to the gunsmith for installation or is the safety the only thing I need? Thank you.
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Old 03-01-2016, 10:04 PM
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you should be able to just take it to a gunshop and have them fit it. Sadly I'm in the same boat. A lefty and Ruger doesn't make a single model with an Ambi out of the box, making it just easier to get a springer loaded or what not ... a little more expensive than the Ruger, but by the time you add the cost of the safety and the gunsmith the Ruger is actually MORE expensive
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Old 03-01-2016, 10:10 PM
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Thank you Wormraper. It hard to know what to do and I am not familiar enough with the 1911 platform to fool around with it. Possibly someday but for now any added parts will require a professional. I have looked at Springfield Armory, S&W, Sig, RIA, PARA. I really like the Ruger but you are correct about no models with the ambi safety.
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Old 03-01-2016, 11:28 PM
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The Wilson ambi is one of the best designs out there right now.
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Old 03-01-2016, 11:46 PM
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The Wilson ambi is one of the best designs out there right now.
I've heard the same thing. Would be my choice if I went that way

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Thank you Wormraper. It hard to know what to do and I am not familiar enough with the 1911 platform to fool around with it. Possibly someday but for now any added parts will require a professional. I have looked at Springfield Armory, S&W, Sig, RIA, PARA. I really like the Ruger but you are correct about no models with the ambi safety.

Sadly the Rugers don't come with any out of the box which is a real shame being that over 10% of the population is a lefty. it wouldn't be a hard thing to do to add one to a single model even. If the Ruger was say $500 then I'd say it's not a big deal, but since they're only about $50 - $60 lower than a SA loaded or even $100 MORE than a rock island tactical I'd say it's not worth it unless you really have a thing for Ruger. I have had 2 RIA's and besides some issues out of the box with my latest one they work like champs and are about the same quality IMO as the Rugers. Springers feel a good bit better than the Rugers and at $700 the Loaded is one hell of a gun and comes with your Ambi PLUS night sights. Ruger is just one of those companies that a lefty has to steer clear of in terms of 1911s... well if it's a range toy then who cares. You can just swap it off with the other hand, but if you're carrying then no dice IMO...


this is just my personal assessment of return on investment though. So if you have a thing for Ruger than by all means go ahead. just grab a wilson and pay the extra money.
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Old 03-02-2016, 01:09 AM
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I've heard the same thing. Would be my choice if I went that way




Sadly the Rugers don't come with any out of the box which is a real shame being that over 10% of the population is a lefty. it wouldn't be a hard thing to do to add one to a single model even. If the Ruger was say $500 then I'd say it's not a big deal, but since they're only about $50 - $60 lower than a SA loaded or even $100 MORE than a rock island tactical I'd say it's not worth it unless you really have a thing for Ruger. I have had 2 RIA's and besides some issues out of the box with my latest one they work like champs and are about the same quality IMO as the Rugers. Springers feel a good bit better than the Rugers and at $700 the Loaded is one hell of a gun and comes with your Ambi PLUS night sights. Ruger is just one of those companies that a lefty has to steer clear of in terms of 1911s... well if it's a range toy then who cares. You can just swap it off with the other hand, but if you're carrying then no dice IMO...


this is just my personal assessment of return on investment though. So if you have a thing for Ruger than by all means go ahead. just grab a wilson and pay the extra money.
I'm with you, it's a right handed world and it really stinks. I really appreciate the information. I'm very torn at this point, RIA, Ruger, S&W, SA, SIG. I'm not stuck on Ruger. I actually wanted a Sig Tac-ops but they are $1000.00, I agree the Springfield Armory guns are really nice and I have looked at them.

As a side note, I ordered a catalog from Armscor via chat with a rep and it was here in two days with four stickers and a velcro backed patch. I thought that was nice of them to do and I've heard great things about their customer service. I've also heard great things about Ruger too. I have heard some bad things about Remington but who knows, you can always find good and bad. I think I'm going to go with the RIA and I really appreciate your time and information to assist a newcomer to the 1911 platform. I will keep you updated on my purchase as I may have to wait for RIA stock to come in, I don't just want to settle. Again, many thanks Wormraper.
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Old 03-02-2016, 01:13 AM
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The Wilson ambi is one of the best designs out there right now.
Thank you very much. I have read many reviews and kind folks like yourself have confirmed what I have read and heard. I was thinking of putting a Wilson Combat ambi safety and slide lock on a RIA if I am able to get the one I want at a good price. Again, many thanks.
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I'm with you, it's a right handed world and it really stinks. I really appreciate the information. I'm very torn at this point, RIA, Ruger, S&W, SA, SIG. I'm not stuck on Ruger. I actually wanted a Sig Tac-ops but they are $1000.00, I agree the Springfield Armory guns are really nice and I have looked at them.

As a side note, I ordered a catalog from Armscor via chat with a rep and it was here in two days with four stickers and a velcro backed patch. I thought that was nice of them to do and I've heard great things about their customer service. I've also heard great things about Ruger too. I have heard some bad things about Remington but who knows, you can always find good and bad. I think I'm going to go with the RIA and I really appreciate your time and information to assist a newcomer to the 1911 platform. I will keep you updated on my purchase as I may have to wait for RIA stock to come in, I don't just want to settle. Again, many thanks Wormraper.

rock island's are very rare at LGS's so I'd recommend just ordering one from Grabagun or what not. be here to your FFL of choice and voila... I think the Tactical will run you about $480 right now. ($462 at budsgunshop)

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...5ACP%205/quot/

one helluva gun for that price and with Ambi... it'll come with both rubber black grips and the wood grips in the pic (the wood grips are crap though, the rubber ones are much better)
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Old 03-02-2016, 09:28 AM
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If you depend on the safety to work always for a lefty you must choose the bullet proof ambi by Wilson. It won't separate or fail.
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If you have the money for the WC Bulletproof, it's the best out there. At approximately $140.00 (plus the cost of professional installation/fitting) it is going to be one of the most expensive parts of your $600.00 firearm.

I say, do it, and accept the cost, or consider getting a pistol already equipped with an ambi safety. They're out there, as has been mentioned by others in this thread.
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I must lead a charmed life, as I've never had an ambi separate or fail.
The modern designs that lock the two sides together via a special hammer pin are probably the best. The only ambi of that style I've used is from Kimber, and it's a nice part.
My favorite ambi is still the old Wilson "tactical", which is essentially a continuation of the even older Swenson design.
The ambi that I've used in greatest numbers is from Cylinder & Slide, which have provided great service over the years, but which are cosmetically very rough out-of-the-box; I'll spend three hours cleaning-up the cosmetics before spending an hour on installation.
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rock island's are very rare at LGS's so I'd recommend just ordering one from Grabagun or what not. be here to your FFL of choice and voila... I think the Tactical will run you about $480 right now. ($462 at budsgunshop)

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...5ACP%205/quot/

one helluva gun for that price and with Ambi... it'll come with both rubber black grips and the wood grips in the pic (the wood grips are crap though, the rubber ones are much better)
That looks very nice, thank you for the link. I have ordered from Bud's before and had good luck.
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I must lead a charmed life, as I've never had an ambi separate or fail.
The modern designs that lock the two sides together via a special hammer pin are probably the best. The only ambi of that style I've used is from Kimber, and it's a nice part.
My favorite ambi is still the old Wilson "tactical", which is essentially a continuation of the even older Swenson design.
The ambi that I've used in greatest numbers is from Cylinder & Slide, which have provided great service over the years, but which are cosmetically very rough out-of-the-box; I'll spend three hours cleaning-up the cosmetics before spending an hour on installation.
Thank you RickB for the great information, I truly appreciate it. I've put ambi safeties in my AR-10 and AR-15 but the 1911 is new to me so I can't thank you enough for your expertise.
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If you depend on the safety to work always for a lefty you must choose the bullet proof ambi by Wilson. It won't separate or fail.
Thank you Sir, that seems to be the consensus. I really appreciate your expertise.
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If you have the money for the WC Bulletproof, it's the best out there. At approximately $140.00 (plus the cost of professional installation/fitting) it is going to be one of the most expensive parts of your $600.00 firearm.

I say, do it, and accept the cost, or consider getting a pistol already equipped with an ambi safety. They're out there, as has been mentioned by others in this thread.
Thank you very much for your expertise. I am taking your advice and going with Wilson Combat.
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I saw a video in another thread that shows a Ruger ambi safety.
It looks a lot like the Novak ambi; is it?
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I saw a video in another thread that shows a Ruger ambi safety.
It looks a lot like the Novak ambi; is it?
In looking at it I believe you are correct sir, thank you.
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