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Old 09-15-2019, 02:29 PM   #1
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Ultra Carry or Ultra II

I am considering the purchase of one of these 2 for EDC. The issue is that I shoot left handed and the Ultra II does not have an ambidextrous safety. I know the ambi safety from Kimber is about $60. Is this a do it yourself project? If not, how much should it cost to have a gunsmith install it? I am reasonably handy with mechanical things but have no desire to start hacking on a brand new gun.
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Old 09-15-2019, 02:51 PM   #2
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Off the top of my head the only Ultras Kimber makes today with an ambidextrous safety are the CDP and the Raptor. You don't have to be a lefty to like an ambidextrous safety I have them on all my 1911's. Installing one is fairly easy, no special mechanical skills required. Simply a matter of swapping parts.
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Old 09-15-2019, 03:43 PM   #3
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I installed the ambi-safety on my Ultra II, simply because I like it. Like Chuck said, not much to the job. No muss, no fuss!
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Just as a side note, I love my Ultra TLE ll equally as much as my EVO TLE.
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Old 09-17-2019, 12:21 PM   #5
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I have fit a couple of safety's-the first required filing to fit the sear-the second dropped right in.
1911's parts are not always drop in.
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:27 PM   #6
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I have a Aegis Elite Ultra .45 and just installed a Ed Brown ambi safety in it. It doesn't take too long to install. But IT IS NOT A DROP IN PART. You will have to either get a smith to install it, or take your time with a file and fit it yourself. Be careful not to take too much off or it will not work correctly. Slow and steady and check the fit often.
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:45 PM   #7
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I carry a Kimber UC2, and if there's one thing I've learned about the ubiquitous 1911 is that you should simply do absolutely nothing other then clean them.

My pistol is box stock, no trigger work, garden variety magazines and original wrap-around Crimson Trace grips that came on this gun from Gander Mountain.

I have fed, fired and ejected every round made for a 1911. And I have fired so many rounds at one sitting that I could barely hand-cycle the piece due to the grinding noise of abject soot.

I apply this maintenance view with my knives, too. If a great knife comes with a 22 degree grind--and I get superior service--I will then polish its degraded edge to same angle.

Heck, Browning and Bowie don't need me to second guess them.
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Old 11-11-2019, 07:03 AM   #8
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Thanks for the comments. I've ordered a Wilson Combat Ambi Safety and have a shop lined up to install it.
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I have the Super Carry Ultra HD with the ambi and I like it..... Alot.
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