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Old 08-24-2019, 09:28 AM
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EDC X9 Low Mount Thumb Safety

When I shoot a 1911 with my thumb riding the thumb safety, the back edge of the frame slams into the bone at the base of my thumb (the base joint of the thumb). After 100 rounds, the pain is enough to stop, and it lingers for a week or more. So I typically use a low mount thumb safety like the one from Gunsite. This positions my thumb in such a way that the bone contact doesn’t occur. I recently bought an EDC X9, and I’m having the same problem. I think I already know the answer, but I thought I’d ask.....does anyone know if a standard 1911 thumb safety, particularly a low mount thumb safety, can be fitted to the EDC X9?
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Old 08-24-2019, 09:43 AM
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I believe the answer is certainly a no. Wilson also only offers a single sided or ambi safety and does not sell them as available parts. The X9 has to go back to them for a change. 1911ish but not a single stack 1911.

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Old 08-24-2019, 10:07 AM
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As David said, they presently do not. There is only one width and one height position...you just get the choice of ambi or single.

To digress a bit, I had the opportunity to shoot several different "low mount" thumb safeties. Like any product, there are different angles and different heights for everything. I did like the different "low" ones I tested but cannot say I loved them enough to switch over. Obviously, you have a situation where you need it for comfort. For me it was just "Did I like this better?". Unfortunately, because they are all fitted parts it is virtually impossible to swap them out from one gun to another to try, which would make my decision easier.

As far as width, I prefer as wide of a safety as possible. The WC wides are good, but SVI makes a really wide one I have on a custom 9mm build which is like resting your thumb on a countertop LOL
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Old 08-24-2019, 11:58 AM
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It seems odd that a 1911 thumb safety wouldnít work. I believe the EDC X9 uses standard 1911 hammers and sears. I guess thereís some other difference that Iím not recognizing that prevents it.
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Old 08-24-2019, 01:46 PM
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It seems odd that a 1911 thumb safety wouldnít work. I believe the EDC X9 uses standard 1911 hammers and sears. I guess thereís some other difference that Iím not recognizing that prevents it.
On 1911s and 2011s the thumb safeties are interchangeable. For whatever design reason (to which WC could certainly speak of), the safety is unique. Like 2011s, the trigger/trigger bar and magazine release are also unique due to the frame width, and the slide stop is also unique (if I remember correctly). The sear spring is different because there is no grip safety.
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Old 08-24-2019, 02:02 PM
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I have the exact same problem as alzo, with 1911s and now with the EDC-X9. I have low-shelf thumb safeties installed on all my 1911s (I have Wilson and EGW versions, but the Gunsite one lets my thumb ride the lowest and is the most comfortable). I would absolutely love it if Wilson would produce something similar for the X9.
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Old 09-01-2019, 12:51 PM
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FWIW, I have found that sort of pushing more on the back edge of the thumb safety shelf rather than directly on top of it keeps that bone from making contact. Itís fatiguing for the thumb, but not too bad.
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Old 09-02-2019, 04:11 PM
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I like the lows, I tried em on these tow and could see adding on the others in the collection

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Old 10-26-2019, 01:03 PM
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I have the exact same problem as alzo, with 1911s and now with the EDC-X9. I have low-shelf thumb safeties installed on all my 1911s (I have Wilson and EGW versions, but the Gunsite one lets my thumb ride the lowest and is the most comfortable). I would absolutely love it if Wilson would produce something similar for the X9.
I’ve recently tried just the opposite of what I suggested above. I now try to reach so far forward on the thumb safety that I feel I’m almost grabbing the front edge of it with my thumb. This has completely eliminated the pain I was feeling in that bone in the base joint of my thumb. I can still reach the trigger just fine, and the position of the gun in my hand is not so different that it requires much getting used too. I’ve tried this with a regular 1911 and it worked there too.
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Old 10-26-2019, 03:12 PM
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Here's a stock photo from the internet. Try a grip like this. This will eliminate all your problems. Your thumb is well away from the safety, as well as your thumb being well away from riding the slide stop.

This is how I hold a 1911 and it feels much more natural than how you describe holding your gun.

The majority of 1911 shooters hold the gun just as you describe, but that just seems odd to me and is cause for malfunctions of riding the slide stop and well as your safety issue.

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Old 01-17-2020, 08:59 AM
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Iíve recently tried just the opposite of what I suggested above. I now try to reach so far forward on the thumb safety that I feel Iím almost grabbing the front edge of it with my thumb. This has completely eliminated the pain I was feeling in that bone in the base joint of my thumb. I can still reach the trigger just fine, and the position of the gun in my hand is not so different that it requires much getting used too. Iíve tried this with a regular 1911 and it worked there too.
I'm not sure I understand the whole thread. Is the answer WC doesn't offer a low position safety for the X9 or for all of their guns?
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