Ambi slide stop over at Sarco....

Discussion in '1911 Gear' started by Nakanokalronin, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin Active Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    First off, I'm not a lefty. I did however think that it wouldn't be too hard to make an ambi slide stop for the 1911. I figured it would be simple enough if the slide stop pin was longer with a square or hex end that was drilled and tapped for a screw. The lefty lever would have a hole cut out to be placed over the square/hex shaft and then held down by the screw. Well a few weeks ago I was browsing Sarco and noticed a ambi slide stop for the 1911 and it looks to be exactly like I thought it would. Now maybe this has been around for 50 years and I'm just late to the game but I thought it was an interesting find and enough to mention to you lefties out there. Not sure if its made with any quality or if its exactly how I described but its cheap enough to check out. I'm going to order one out of curiosity alone even though I'm not a lefty.

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  2. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Schütze

    Aug 17, 2011
    The humanity... Please take it away... LOL.. Ron
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  3. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin Active Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    I know its not something I would personally put on any 1911 but some lefties want an ambi safety where us right handed shooters prefer a single sided. I figured this might give them an option if they really wanted a slide stop too. I ordered one just because its one of those 1911 oddities kinda like a vintage shoulder stock/MSH. I'd never use it but its kinda neat to have.:wink:
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  4. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Schütze

    Aug 17, 2011
    Just ribbin ya.. Cheers.. Ron
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  5. knedrgr

    knedrgr Low capacity, low tech...

    Aug 15, 2011
    I'm a lefty and I barely use the "normal" slide stop. Only time I use it is to lock the slide in place to show the gun is clear. Even on my M&P9 that has an ambi slide stop, I don't even use that side. Just got used to using my index finger to access the slide stop.
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  6. buyobuyo

    buyobuyo Member

    Aug 25, 2011
    I'm a lefty too. However, I pretty much only use the slide stop. I don't sling-shot on a reload. I just hit the slide stop with my index finger; it's out of the trigger guard anyways to manipulate the mag release. I shoot a Glock 17 in USPSA Production and generally slam the mag home hard enough that the slide drops automatically. :biggrin1:

    Working the slide stop with your index finger isn't a problem as long as it sticks out some. All my auto pistols have extended slide stops.
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  7. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin Active Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    I figured most would already be used to manipulating a standard 1911 as a lefty. I never use the slide stop unless I'm doing one handed drills, otherwise its the hand over slide method for me. I forgot what forum I saw it on, but someone was asking about a lefty 1911 which reminded me of what I saw over at Sarco. I don't even know what I'll do with the one I ordered......probably take a picture of it and if anyone asks about an ambi safety for a 1911 I'll be like "here you go!" :rolleyes2:
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  8. Ratchetjaw

    Ratchetjaw New Member

    Dec 4, 2011
    I am a lefty and was wondering about this so thank you :) will look into getting me one or two
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  9. JaketheSnake

    JaketheSnake New Member

    Nov 26, 2016
    Would anyone who has one of these please either email me, text me, or Facebook message me if they are interested in selling it to me.
    Email is [email protected]
    Phone is 3137175003
    Fb is Jake Bacon Zimmerman

    Thanks a lot!
  10. Dirty Bill

    Dirty Bill Active Member

    Jul 20, 2017
    That is a dangerous condition,and I wouldn't do that. Actually,it needs repaired.
  11. Yankee Samurai

    Yankee Samurai New Member

    May 5, 2018
  12. Earl Ingalls

    Earl Ingalls New Member

    Jan 12, 2019
    Yankee Samurai - I carried a variety of pistols over my roughly 30 something years with a federal agency, and now in retirement. One particular I built was a .45acp government model with an ambi safety and slide release. You have to stay in the fight no matter which hands and fingers are broken, smashed, shot, and not working. With that in mind I built a government model with anything ambidextrous I could find after one fight I was in breaking my right hand, a finger and wrist, I was fighting way out of my weight, I was giving away 5 inches and 60-70 pounds man was built like an oak tree. Thankfully, In that arrest it didn't go next to who was a faster draw, but what if it did with a broken trigger finger knuckle and wrist? So I built the heavily ambi .45, and I went with an Uncle Mikes pancake type holster and never had any problem with drawing or holstering. When the .45 government was done I knew I could fight with both hands and I could employ my weapon with both hands. Back in the day when you could do more than breath on your pistol without getting "Bricktime." The holster, I still have and qualify with it, now it's for LEOSA carry of course. The .45 government - stolen by some axxwhole. I hope he got into a fight with it before he realized the frame was cracked out around the mainspring housing pin. I loaded some "hotties" for the .45 government, just in case I was in trouble with big dudes and help was thin.
  13. Jim w.

    Jim w. Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2016
    I haven't seen an ambi ("bi-lateral" is now the cliché at American Rifleman) slide stop in decades.

    Actually, the "autoforward" is very common if you seat the magazine hard.
    And competitors will round off the corners to encourage it if it does not happen reliably. It really speeds up the slide lock reload as required in IDPA and is probably common in USPSA Production.
  14. Don_P

    Don_P Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 4, 2018
    Yup, and it is commonly referred to as a "combat re-load".

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