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Ok, one thing I'm not WILD about regarding the SA's is the grip safety. Its not a BIG deal, but I think that part at the bottom sticks out a bit TOO much and maybe has too sharp edges or something, because sometimes I can feel it in my hand when I've been shooting alot where that hits. The style like Kimber uses seem much more comfortable, and I'm assuming still works fine for positive disengagement. Does Kimber make their own, or use someone else's? Who makes an aftermarket one like that (or maybe I'm asking what's the best one of that style). Actually, even the Dan Wesson's that have a similar style to the SA's seem more comfortable--they don't seem quite as pronounced and are a bit more rounded maybe.

Anyway--recommendations? Like I said, its not THAT big a deal and I've been fine using it up to now, just sort of a "if there was one little thng I might change" sort of deal...
 

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Virtually all of Kimber parts are either Chip McCormick or made to his specs.
 

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The Kimber part is different from the one McCormick sells and I have never seen the Kimber part available on the aftermarket. I assume it's a proprietary design. Chip helped Kimber with the details of their pistol, so though he may have designed it, it still belongs to Kimber.
 

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Check out Brownells.com they have several of different brands shaped like you want.

Any other place that sells 1911 parts would likely have one, but Brownells has probably the best collection of different brands all in one site, and they're about as cheap on price as anybody.
 

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I have a Wilson grip safety on my Colt, and an Ed Brown on my Springfield Compact. They both feel really good, but I like the looks of the Wilson a little better. If you're mechanically inclined, you can install either one yourself, using the correct jigs. Inerestingly enough, I had a local 1911 "Specialist" do the Ed Brown on the Springfield. I did the Colt/Wilson myself. My work is much better than the gunsmith was. I did good!! ==Bob
 

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Another option is to modify your existing beavertail to make it more comfortable. There's a good chance you may be able to "slim" down the raised pad, remove some sharp edges, etc.

If you are good with a file, or take it to a gunsmith, work on it a little at a time until it feels right.

Not all beavertails have the same cuts, radius, etc so they are not all interchangable as I understand it.

Good luck
 

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Thanks for the info, guys! Yeah, I did think about just getting out the old dremel tool and trying to polish the existing grip a little more, I was just worried about getting the finish to look right afterward. Guess we'll see.
 

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I had exactly the same problem with my SA Loaded – that grip safety was plain un-comfortable and painful to shoot. I tried taking some metal off of it where the bump is, but since (I assume) it’s MIM part, I exposed a few hollow cavities that were inside of the bump. Now it looked plain ugly. SA uses different “grip safety cut” (I’m not sure what’s the appropriate term for it), and Ed Brown (or Kimber) beavertails would have too much of a gap between the safety and the frame, so the frame would have to be welded for tight fit. Wilson’s beavertail, on the other hand, was almost a perfect match. With my dremel tool and a file, I had Wilson’s beavertail fitted in a couple of hours. It looks good, and feels much better than stock SA beavertail.
 

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Aleko said:
I had exactly the same problem with my SA Loaded – that grip safety was plain un-comfortable and painful to shoot. I tried taking some metal off of it where the bump is, but since (I assume) it’s MIM part, I exposed a few hollow cavities that were inside of the bump. Now it looked plain ugly. SA uses different “grip safety cut” (I’m not sure what’s the appropriate term for it), and Ed Brown (or Kimber) beavertails would have too much of a gap between the safety and the frame, so the frame would have to be welded for tight fit. Wilson’s beavertail, on the other hand, was almost a perfect match. With my dremel tool and a file, I had Wilson’s beavertail fitted in a couple of hours. It looks good, and feels much better than stock SA beavertail.
Sounds good--thanks!
 
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