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Posted: 7/21/2008 8:31:18 AM EDT
I will be adding a beavertail grip safety to my mil-spec, and so I am looking for others that have done the same thing. Right now I am torn between the S&A .020 safety, and the Springfield Armory beavertail. If you have a beavertail installed on your Mil-Spec (or GI) please share some photos. I am specifically interested in any gaps in the fit.

Link Posted: 7/21/2008 4:41:44 PM EDT
You don't mention changing out your hammer as well. There's only one beavertail that allows the use of the spur hammer as far as I know. My apologies if you already knew this.

My .o2
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 8:18:32 AM EDT
Yep, It's going to get a new hammer along with sear, trigger, disconnector etc. I'm up to speed on everything except the fit of the grip safety. Some folks say there will be a gap, others have said that if properly fit, there shouldn't be one. I would love to see some examples of some that have already been fit.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 8:47:17 AM EDT
I'm tagging this. I have a Mil-spec that I want the beavertail on.

Do you plan on doing an easy fit or are you going to cut the frame? I may have JoJo's here in CT do the work so they can reparkerize everything to match.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 12:20:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2008 12:33:10 PM EDT by rasj]
I will be either be using having a gunsmith install the Smith & Alexander beavertail (part#SP GS Std. SS S70), or I will have Springfield Armory install one of their factory beavertails. To be honest, I haven't been able to find anywhere, a definite answer on whether the fame needs to be modified (other than minor fitting) for the S&A .220 radius safety. Apparently, the "Loaded" version of the pistol is machined for a Wilson style safety. IF that is true, then SA will have to modify the frame of the Mil-Spec to fit it. I will not be using a drop in safety though, as from what I have read/seen the drop-ins leave a huge gap that can "bite" your hand and it also looks like garbage.

I *did* find a pic of a mil-spec with a S&A .220 safety though (Finally ). I found it on this thread.

Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:04:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2008 6:04:56 PM EDT by akginmaster]
Here's an S&A. Old picture but you can see it better.

Newer picture.

Link Posted: 7/22/2008 6:12:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2008 6:13:20 PM EDT by hooks]
My own S and A grip safety fit on a Springfield G.I.... .220 frame tangs.

Link Posted: 7/23/2008 8:01:33 AM EDT
Awesome! Thanks for the pics.
Link Posted: 7/29/2008 1:52:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/1/2008 7:40:48 PM EDT by Catman2]
Link Posted: 8/1/2008 7:38:00 PM EDT
Akginmaster -
Man, that pic of that SA with those classic vertical serrations
under those Bo Mars made me come outa a reclined position.
Looks like my Tripp built Series 70 except for the finish.
Is that parkerized? My Colts at the smith's now getting
a new C&S tac. hammer and trigger group put in and I was going to have him
put a mat re blue on that gun but if the color in your pic is real life
I may have my gun park'd.
Link Posted: 8/1/2008 7:51:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By akginmaster:
Here's an S&A. Old picture but you can see it better.


Newer picture.


Dude, that's the nicest 1911 I've seen in a while- exactly what I'd want. Really nice!
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