Some point out that John Moses Browning did not originally incorporate a grip safety
into his design.
Caption: The mainspring housing Is checkered, and the beavertail grip safety
has a grooved speed bump.
That bump at the bottom of the grip safety
(I think Ed Brown invented it) helps you depress it enough to deactivate it.
An easy way to tell if an XD-S has been updated to avoid this problem is to examine the grip safety
. The grip safety
when the gun is at rest should show a small roll pin about a third of the way down its length from the top.
The grip safety
is a feature of all the steel pistols made by Kimber Mfg.
The Madore guns, on the other hand, were sometimes modified by cutting the leaf spring that controls the grip safety
. This eliminated the grip safety
's lock on the trigger.
Other features include a 5" barrel with a full-length guide rod, an ambi thumb safety, a series 70 firing system, a beveled magazine well, a skeletonized hammer and trigger, a beavertail grip safety
The Model 1911 's grip safety
was an Ordnance Department requirement based on a notion that a light single-action trigger could be inadvertently fired from a less than proper grip.
For some reason, the grip safety
is a point of contention for some folks who do not like it.
One added benefit was the grip safety
forced me to improve my grip.
Moving back to the receiver, with the stocks or grip panels already removed, begin by removing the grip safety
pin located at the bottom of the grip panel area of the receiver.
A cocked-and-locked 1911 has at least two mechanical safeties--the grip safety
and thumb safety--which have to be disengaged before pulling the trigger will accomplish anything.