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I just got a call from a friend. He bought an extended beavertail and hammer for his RIA 1911. Installed them and now the safety won't function correctly and the hammer doesn't move. Is it something a novice can fix, or should he take it to a gunsmith?
 

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take to a gunsmith, there are no drop ins for a 1911
 

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The safety must be fit. It has to have a specific engagement with the cocked sear. Too tight and it may drop the hammer when disengaged. too loose and you will have a trigger pull decocker. Engaged it has to just kiss the sear to prevent any movement.

The grip safety will most likely need to be fit as well. Usually they are a bit thick and require some trimming to move freely. Then theres the possibility that your frame doesn't even have the proper cut to accommodate the grip safety. Most fo the extended beavertails you see today utilize a .250" ball cut radius because they are wider. They do make beavertails that will fit a std colt grip safety cut too.
 

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Thanks guys. I'll let him know he should take it to a gunsmith.
 
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