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Old 05-23-2020, 11:34 PM
bmcgilvray bmcgilvray is offline
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Colt Enhanced Duckbill Grip Safety Sought

I've been casting about online for some time searching for a factory blued Colt Enhanced Duckbill grip safety.

I'm trying to return an Enhanced to Factory appearances. It's currently sporting a long soaring exaggerated aftermarket grip safety with a memory bump which is so much baggage and an "offense to the eye" to boot. So is the duckbill, but I would like to return the pistol to original appearance.

They are roundly hated for the most part. It would seem that nobody kept one.

Thank you.
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Old 05-24-2020, 06:52 AM
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wow...I have the stainless but not the blued.
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Old 05-24-2020, 01:31 PM
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I don't remember exactly what they looked like (kind of like a platypus bill and I never really was attracted to a platypus). BUT, I was just on eBay and saw something that might be close--it's not Colt OEM, it was made by Chip McCormick years ago, IIRC. Use the key words "Colt 1911 grip safety duck bill" and you should get there.
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Old 06-09-2020, 11:56 PM
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I have a spare , Iíll check tomorrow. Whatís coming off ? I might be interested in a trade . Pm you tomorrow with pics .


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Old 06-18-2020, 09:52 AM
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All better now.



Thanks much to emptymag and rogramirez for responding to the need! Thanks to 1911 Forum for providing a venue to find needed parts.

I may do a search for proper Colt medallion wrap-around rubber grips as would have been have appropriate for the pistol. I loathe both rubber and wrap-around features, but could keep a proper set on hand to go with the pistol.
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Old 06-18-2020, 02:45 PM
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I have them , gold or silver ?


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Old 06-18-2020, 08:12 PM
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Ooo ... silver please.

We'll go back to the PMs for discussion.
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Old 06-18-2020, 09:19 PM
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I have two stainless Duck Bill’s
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Old 06-19-2020, 10:34 AM
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I may do a search for proper Colt medallion wrap-around rubber grips as would have been have appropriate for the pistol. I loathe both rubber and wrap-around features, but could keep a proper set on hand to go with the pistol.
Ugghhh... something else that most people simply threw away.
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Old 06-19-2020, 11:55 AM
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Personally, I love the duck-bill, I also have a set of those ugly wrap around rubber grips for an Officers laying around too.
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Old 06-26-2020, 06:06 AM
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The total number of duckbills and rubber wrap around grips thrown in the trash over the years must be astounding.

Two of the most FUGLY parts Colt ever used.

Course, my favorite for Colts are rat tails, so who am I to criticize a duck bill....

Or a whale tail? lol
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