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Thread: Operating a 1911 left handed

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    Quote Originally Posted by misfit47 View Post
    Like so.

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    Ah - thanks for posting that - that's something I've done as well. I'd call it the 'base' of the index finger. For some reason I was thinking the tip of the finger itself. I found it a bit harder with older USGI safeties (not extended ones), so used my support hand thumb more frequently.

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    Much easier with extended safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by militarymoron View Post
    Ah - thanks for posting that - that's something I've done as well. I'd call it the 'base' of the index finger. For some reason I was thinking the tip of the finger itself. I found it a bit harder with older USGI safeties (not extended ones), so used my support hand thumb more frequently.
    These are the two methods I've been using. Both ways feel like I'm gonna drop it, especially when stressed. Practice and reps I suppose.
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    Yup it feels unnatural but doable.

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    Thanks everyone, I learned a new trick today. My Commander has an ambi safety, but the AO 1911A1 just has the GI button safety. When shooting the AO left-handed, I would just bring the thumb around to the safety. After reading this thread, I tried operating the safety with the 'base' of my left trigger finger, and found it works! Even though it requires moving the finger away from the trigger, it is very quick and avoids weakening my grip on the pistol as I use my thumb.

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    Why not just get an ambi safety? Faster and more natural

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    I do have an ambi safety on my Combat Commander, but in keeping my M1911A1 clone as 'GI' as possible, I left it with the standard 'button' safety.
    ALSO, in the past there were reports that ambi safeties were relatively fragile, but that may have been corrected.

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