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Old 05-27-2018, 06:01 PM
StriderTacticaL StriderTacticaL is offline
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Ed Brown machined ambi safety

Anyone have any experience with these? I am looking to purchase a ambi for my Colt Combat Unit (lefty) and have narrowed it down to either a Wilson, Ed Brown or Nighthawk. The EGW one, while nicely designed, seems to have paddles that are way too wide and recontouring the paddles is not what I am willing/able to do right now.

I've had an Ed Brown non-machined ambi safety before and it required so much fitting everywhere. While I know all 1911 parts need to be fitted, I am hoping to just find one that requires only fitting of the blocking lug to the sear.

I also remember the thickness of the left side plate on my old Ed Brown non-machined ambi was fairly thin and the safety plunger could almost pop out...I posted about this once a long time ago and it appeared to be a known issue. I am wondering if Ed Brown has since fixed this on their machined version.

The Ed Brown one is also the most affordable...at about $90 shipped from Brownells (with a discount account and free shipping)...
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:53 PM
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I don't need an ambi safety but have occasionally used one. FWIW, the best, most solid, I've personally used was the Novak. It has a solid shaft, with the right side paddle secured by a pin, as opposed to the split shaft types secured by a blade behind the grip or by a grooved hammer or sear pin,etc. I don't know about fitting the Novak as compared with the Brown, because one of my Colt SCGs came equipped with it from the Colt Custom Shop. I've used several Ed Brown single side safeties, and even those required the most fitting of any other safeties I've used.......ymmv
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Old 07-23-2018, 03:57 PM
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I just had my gunsmith fit an Ed Brown like you are talking about to my Wiley Clapp Colt CCO. He said it was one of the best made pieces he had seen, and he is NO fan of ambi safeties, or Ed Brown necessarily. However, he understands that for us lefties, it's tough to manipulate one of these fine guns. It took a bit of fitting, but it was well worth it. Fits my Colt like a glove on both sides, with no chopping up of the grips or anything. Well worth the $100 price tag, if you ask me.
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