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Old 04-04-2014, 06:07 PM   #1
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Are Ambi Safeties a hidden danger?

I've been reading some other forums where a discussion of the ambi safety is in question. On person spoke to how he would brush against something and the right side safety would move from "safe" to "fire" position.

Is this a common occurrence?

Assuming the grip safety is still engaged, the gun should still be safe to carry without an accidental discharge in the butt. Or, am I mistaken?

Anyone had a similar problem or concern?
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:21 PM   #2
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No, it is not a common occurrence, and they did something wrong. My ambi-safetys are solid and snap into place. Whoever installed the ones you are referring to did something wrong.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:22 PM   #3
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I've got 2 guns with ambidextrous safeties and I've never experienced anything like that and I don't believe them to be a safety issue. Given a choice I prefer a gun with an ambidextrous safety over a single one.
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That's the reassurance I was hoping for.

My 'on order' gun has the ambi safety, but I've never dealt with one. The comments I was referring to gave me pause for concern. I suppose if you bumped something solid hard enough, it could happen. But based on your comments, it doesn't seem to be anything to be concerned about.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:52 PM   #5
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Being left handed,I love ambi safeties.I have never experienced the problem that you described.I always do a funtion test after cleaning.With the gun unloaded and safe rack the slide,disengage the thumb safety,without depressing the grip safety squeeze the trigger.It should not fire.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:04 PM   #6
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Just me....

Being right handed, an ambidextrous thumb safety is of no advantage to me. Yes, if I'm in the middle of a firefight and my right arm/hand becomes disabled, I will have to carry on the fight from the weak side. At that point, I have bigger problems than the convenience of an ambi safety!!

To me, the ambi safety is just unnecessary width added to the rear of a 1911!! However, I do not view them as a danger. Just me........for what it's worth!!
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Originally Posted by Insta-Gator View Post
That's the reassurance I was hoping for.

My 'on order' gun has the ambi safety, but I've never dealt with one. The comments I was referring to gave me pause for concern. I suppose if you bumped something solid hard enough, it could happen. But based on your comments, it doesn't seem to be anything to be concerned about.
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Two of my 1911's have the ambi-safety and three of them don't. Not a factor to me either way. Back when I was shooting three gun matches a lot the pistol I always used did not have ambi safety and I never missed having it.
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Grip safety and the fact that you have to pull the trigger, makes it not a big issue for me. But I do prefer non ambi pistols.
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