45caldan said:I would agree with the recommendation for the Wilson's drop-in unit and as stated you could easily make the gun stock again if wanted.
The other option is to have a gunsmith FIT a beavertail safety to your gun but this requires removal of some material and is non-reversable.
I found it uncomfortable because its sharp downward sweep prevented me from using the high hold I prefer.dakota1911 said:I guess I would question the reason why you wanted to replace it.
Really? I fitted and installed all the modifications on my pistol including the beavertail grip safety, the thumb safety, the sights, and the 9x23 barrel. As far as "lower the value" is concerned (which, btw, is the least of my concerns when I decide to modify a firearm to my liking), nothing done to my pistol can't be undone. The same holds true for installing a "drop-in" beavertail grip safety. All the fitting/filing is done to the part itself, not the pistol frame, and it can quickly and easily be replaced with the original beavertail. No value lowered or lost.gj047 said:I would have a beavertail fitted to the gun. For the extra money you will be much happier. What will lower the value of the gun is tinkering with it at home not a professional installing a quality part.
Your pistola looks great, Loco!Loco38SUP said:For a drop in replacement you can go with the Wilson BT as other have stated. If you want something fitted you can go with a Chip McCormick BT like on my XSE .38 Super.
Thanks for the clarification, amigo. Regarding alterations to the frame, I am in complete agreement with you. If you don't know what you're doing, DON'T! This falls in line with my "know your limitations" admonition.gj047 said:Xtrooper I think I should have been more specific. I was speaking of the fitted beavertail which of course alters the frame. If you mess up this job it would require a weld up at minimum. I have found fitting a grip saftey is not that difficult but does require a refinsh after the blending is complete. I personally don't care for the look of drop in beavertails due to the gaps in the tang area. With that said a properly fit (function checked) drop in beavertail may be the best option when considering cost. Xtrooper you also made a good point that changes my thoughts on the matter. Resale value is really the last thing that should be on your mind when customizing a pistol to your own needs. To each his own.