How do I remove the ambi safety lever on a SA 1911

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by littlejake, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. littlejake

    littlejake Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    I'm thinking about replacing the actual trigger in my SA 1911. I want to try a short trigger like that used in USGI 1911A1s. I know how to strip an old Colt down to the frame. That ambi safety, I'm not familiar with. How do I remove it?
  2. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    A sawsall is the best way. Be careful not to scratch the frame.
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  3. CanIhaveGasCash

    CanIhaveGasCash Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    I assume that you have already taken off the grips and main spring housing. You should be able to pull the right side ambi safety out. There is nothing holding it in except a tongue and groove. Sometimes they can be fitted pretty tight and you will have to pull and wiggle the safety back and forth.
  4. littlejake

    littlejake Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    I've got it. Thanks.

    And limbkiller, I tried the sawsall, but couldn't find a long enough cord. So, I went with a plasma torch!
  5. David Jackson

    David Jackson Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    I realize this is a very old thread. I too, have a 1911, a Colt, in fact, series 70, which has the ambi safety which I don't want. I have seen videos of other 1911s which seem to use different pins to hold the grip safety in ... how do I find out which I have? I can't take it apart to find out if I don't know which I have.
    I don't own a sawsall and I don't own a plasma torch either.

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