Colt chewing up the base of my thumb

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Dreadnought, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. Dreadnought

    Dreadnought Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2020
    So my new Colt 1911 is chewing up the base of my thumb when I ride the safety while shooting. It doesn’t seem to do it as much if I don’t ride the safety.

    This could be a function of my soft tech worker hands. But I just want to check and see if this is a common problem, or if I’m doing something wrong.

    Any suggestions or mockery is welcome.
  2. bnaples

    bnaples Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2013
    Pics of left side said colt?
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  3. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Picture of how he's riding the safety too.
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  4. El Perdido

    El Perdido Fictional Western Sage

    Oct 3, 2011
  5. gun_fan111

    gun_fan111 Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2014
    Time for a semi-custom gun!
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  6. SW1911302

    SW1911302 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2019
    I ride the safety on both of my SW1911s with one having a Wilson Combat ambi and neither chew my thumb up.

    When you say chew up, are you saying like when you lip a bass?
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  7. River runner

    River runner Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2020
    Maybe it is an unusually poorly fit/finished thumb safety or maybe it’s your soft hands. If you don’t have a problem riding the safety on other pistols, I’d buy a new, quality thumb safety, fit it and be done. Or modify the existing thumb safety to your liking.

    I had to do this with my Nighthawk GRP recon. The rearmost corner of the safety was not beveled and pushed hard against my thumb near the first joint. I decided I didn’t want to alter the original nitrided safety so I fit a newer version nighthawk safety that was beveled nicely and no more discomfort.
  8. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Jul 6, 2014
    This is also happening to me w/ my Alchemy. I stopped riding the safety and the problem went away.
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  9. monster

    monster Active Member

    May 10, 2020
    GI style frame tangs I'll bet. Wear right thru my skin in two magazines.
  10. AZ Husker

    AZ Husker Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Oct 14, 2017
    If this is a GI model you now know why beavertails are so important.
  11. Dreadnought

    Dreadnought Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2020
    When I took these pics I noticed that the back point on that safety lines up exactly with the part of my thumb that is getting abraded. So does this normally happen?

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  12. Dreadnought

    Dreadnought Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2020
    That’s pretty much what I’ve started doing.
  13. monster

    monster Active Member

    May 10, 2020
    More light over the hand, if you would please.

    I'm guessing that there's an edge on the thumb safety plate
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  14. fieldgrade

    fieldgrade resident crank

    Mar 13, 2017
    1911’s were meant to be filed on. I dress my thumb safeties as necessary, or replace them with something more to my liking.
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  15. Dub

    Dub born in the wrong century

    Mar 19, 2017
    Do you have this issue with other 1911’s ?
  16. 2tone

    2tone Well-Known Member

    Dec 7, 2018
    I've experienced a similar issue.

    When I was first learning about 1911s, I would keep my thumb below the safety and would occasionally bump the safety up with recoil. IMO, 1911s are meant for you to ride the safety as you fire, it also gives you a solid point of leverage to keep her pointed where you need her.

    Anywho, I have fired DW's and Wilson's without a problem, so those served as a nice baseline for me of how things should feel.

    My Colt Combat Commander was tearing up and digging into the pad of my thumb. I ended up sanding down the offending spot on the safety and getting it re-blued. It's perfect now.

    The back of the safety on my Staccato C2 was tearing up the base of my thumb close to the web of my hand (similar to your spot). Fought through a handful of painful range sessions and just let a callus develop. Now it's also perfect.

    Both methods work. Hope this helps!
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2020
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  17. gun_fan111

    gun_fan111 Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2014
    I cringe just by looking at this. As others have said, buy a nice new beveled safety like Wilson Bulletproof and fit it or have a smith fit it.


    Another option would be to ask a smith to dehorn this safety and refinish it, if you liked everything else about it.
  18. River runner

    River runner Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2020
    It appears the rear most point of the safety is not beveled at all and likely stands quite proud of the frame there. That is where my issue with my Nighthawk safety was. Either put a bevel on it yourself or fit a new already beveled safety.

    As @SW1911302, the Wilson combat safeties are very comfortable out of the box. You won’t need to do any reshaping, just fit the sear engagement surface.

    Edit: oops, meant to include a picture but @gun_fan111 covered it above.
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  19. bnaples

    bnaples Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2013
    That is the worst safety colt ever made. Replace it.
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  20. bnaples

    bnaples Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2013
    If you dont know how....

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