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Here's a pic of the safety lever and firing pin used in a Kimber Series II. The grip safety's trigger stop pushes up on the little lever, thus lifting the FP block. You can see the exposed block plunger as well as the hole in the frame where the lever goes, which is held in place by the sear pin alongside the sear and disconector. Aside from this, the only other dimensional change is the use of a thicker trigger stop pad on the grip safety. So in other words, you'll have to wait for the aftermarket to catch up before you can swap out the grip safety on a new Kimber. The FP block in the slide is installed through a hole in the top of the slide, covered up by the rear sight. While it is still fairly simple to remove the FP and extractor for cleaning, removing the block will require removing the rear sight so it isn't recommended.



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Originally posted by greg:
If the grip safety activated lever pushes up on the slide mounted plunger to release the firing pin, how does it retract in time to avoid being sheared off by the slide in recoil?
Same way as with a Colt Series 80. The slide doesn't get in the way, but the FP block plunger has to ride up the lever again, hence the little bevel at the front of the plunger.

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That's no different that a Series 80 Colt. On those, the two levers can wear to the point where they won't lift the FP plunger high enough to allow the FP to move forward. Time will only tell though which design is more durable, the Kimber/Swartz system or the Colt Series 80.

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It's not just guns, NetLar, it's modern life. Look at all the safety crap they put on new lawnmowers, making it so you can't even cut your own grass anymore because they're afraid you might stick your hand underneath it while it's running (don't laugh, some people ARE that stupid). And how about cars, with all the electronic safety junk on them? One of my favorit movie scenes is Demolition Man, where Sylvester Stallone wrecks his futuristic car and suddenly becomes encased in "safety foam".

It's not the anti-gunners (except in CA). It's the fact that you can't deal with the public at all these days without being sued. I'm a manager at a store. Do you want to know how many times in a week I get threatened with a lawsuit from an unhappy customer, over something really small and stupid? Somebody buys a computer system and the price drops the following month, and there they are saying they're going to call the state attorney general and their lawyer over the money I screwed them out of. Sheesh!
 
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