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Old 01-13-2020, 10:56 PM
MG1912 MG1912 is offline
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I am right-handed with a hand size between men's small and medium, too. I find that thin grips help a lot. I have them on both of my 1911's. You will likely have to change the bushings out of the frame, which I'd let a gunsmith do (and he can do the cussin' and hollerin' getting those cemented stock bushings out).

My grip is thumbs forward, as high on the pistol as possible (really getting high on the trigger guard -- an undercut trigger guard helps here -- and the beaver tail). My support (left) hand covers the right hand (under the trigger guard, not over it), and my support palm fills in the space on the left side of the grip, also as high and tight as possible with thumbs forward: this results in the support hand "canting."

Edit: I should also note that my 1911's have stock Delrin MSH, no front strap checkering, and smooth(ish) grips (i.e., not the cheese-grater "operator" type grips or even diamond pattern). I can control my pistol and track the trajectory of my shots, and get follow up shots, with no problem... if I am doing my part. Pistol grip and control are a matter of practice and mastery. Big hands and cheese-grater checkered grips do help, but they are not necessary to control a pistol.

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Old 01-13-2020, 11:14 PM
Equin Equin is offline
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I'd say it's personal preference on what works for you. I'm right handed and shoot thumb forward. I'm relatively new to shooting the 1911, and I've tried it both ways, riding the top of the TS or with the thumb below it. I've never accidentally engaged the safety while shooting thumb under, even after shooting it that way hundreds of rounds. Not sure if it's because of my grip or size of hand (I wear a size large glove) or just the anatomy of my hand. That said, I prefer riding the TS when shooting my 1911.

Anyway, you may just want to practice little subtle grip changes til you find what works best for you.
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Old 01-14-2020, 12:49 PM
SG29736 SG29736 is offline
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A couple of years ago at the Western States Single Stack, one of the stages is the Schmidts Standards. One of the strings is draw and engage the target with 6 rounds only, strong hand only in 5.7 seconds at 15 yards. You are allowed an extra .30 second with a shot taken at 6.01 being penalized as late.

In my rush at the beep I gripped the gun with my thumb under the thumb safety, fired 3 shots, then nothing. I had inadvertently engaged the thumb safety so took 3 misses by the time I realized what happened. If I was shooting at an unhurried pace it wouldn't have happened.
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:43 PM
voodooranger voodooranger is offline
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my thumb just fits on top of it naturally
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:46 PM
Fatboy46 Fatboy46 is offline
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Using the same grip on every gun can cause problems.
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Old 01-16-2020, 07:06 AM
FPNunes FPNunes is offline
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I'm a bit of an outlier in that I'm left handed and hate an ambi safety so thumbs forward with both hands like all my other pistols. I learned 30+ years ago to activate/disengage the safety with my left forefinger. An extended safety makes it a bit easier but a low profile works just fine.
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Old 01-18-2020, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Steven1127 View Post
Shot my first 1911 ever (actually a 2011...STI DVC C). I'm a righty and wear a small or medium glove. I have only shot a Glock thus far. I have a high, thumbs forward grip.

When shooting the STI, I tried to have the same grip as with the Glock, but my right thumb was resting right under the safety such that it would push the safety up. I found that I needed to ride the right thumb on top of the safety which put the web of my hand in an awkward, uncomfortable position.

Do you all just change your grip in order to put your thumb under the safety?

I have smaller hands with short fingers therefore most 1911 safeties do not allow me to comfortably ride the thumb safety. I do not change my grip, but I do change all of my safeties to Gunsite Lo Mount safeties that I order from Gunsite Academy, and short triggers. This allows me to comfortably shoot with a thumb hold over grip, and it's perfectly natural to my grip.
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