Do I need an Ambi Cut?
Ambidextrous safeties (safety levers on both sides of the gun) have become very popular on 1911s. With the growth in popularity, and the many manufacturers of 1911s, there are getting to be more and more variations in the safety levers and retention methods. We now have two optional modification cuts to handle the most common conditions.
Standard Ambi Cut The first option is the Standard Ambi Cut. This Ambi Safety Cut is a small recess cut into the back of the right side grip panel near the top at the back of the grip (right and middle pictures below.) It's purpose is to allow the grip panel to cover and retain a thin retaining lever on the right side safety lever (left picture below.) This thin lever sits down against the frame and the recess cut provides a slot for the lever. Without the grip retaining this lever, the right side safety can actually be pulled and removed from the gun. So the right grip panel is being used to hold the safety lever on the gun. On our standard cut the depth is shallow to work with the machined safety levers used by most manufacturers. On the Taurus 1911 grips we build, this cut is much deeper to work with the thicker lever on the Taurus guns.
Low Safety Cut The second option is a cut that we do on the top rear portion of the right side grip panel to account for a low mounted right side safety lever. Armscor with their Rock Island Armory guns and other models need this cut to keep the safety lever from hitting the top of the grip panel when it is disengaged. This cut can also help on some Kimber models that have lower safety levers. Generally, if the bottom of the safety lever when disengaged is more than 0.170" below the bottom of the slide, we recommend adding this cut.
Do I need an Ambi Cut? If your gun has ambidextrous safety levers and the right side safety lever has a retaining lever that sits against the frame you need the Ambi Cut.
Do all 1911s with Ambidextrous Safety Levers need an Ambi Cut? NO - Several manufacturers (Kimber and Rock Island Armory as examples) use alternate methods of retaining the right side safety lever and do not require the Ambi Safety Cut. These guns do not have the retaining lever on the right side safety. But if these guns have a low mounted safety lever they will need the low lever ambi cut.
What if I need both the Standard Ambi Cut and the Low Safety Lever Cut? If you need both cuts on your grips, select one of the two when you select the grips and then when you check out, add a note to us that you need both the Standard Ambi Cut and the Low Safety Lever Cut.
GSG, Colt and Walther 1911 - .22LR These imported .22 LR caliber 1911s need a special ambi cut as the retention lever on the right side safety lever is mounted much lower on the gun and the lever is thicker than standard 1911s. Include a note in the comments when you check out and we can make this special cut on your grips.
Are there other modifications that may be needed for my 1911? There are a lot of manufactures of parts for the 1911 and many of these parts don't allow for standard government model 1911 grips to be installed without modification. Extended slide release levers often require the top front of the left side grip panel to be lowered. Extended and low safety levers can also require the top of the grip panels to need to be lowered for the grips to fit. Our standard grips are designed to fit most production 1911s without modification. We design to fit Kimber, Colt, Springfield Armory, Smith & Wesson and similar production models.
IF YOU HAVE A BROWNING 1911-22 WITH AMBI SAFETY PLEASE SELECT THE AMBI SAFETY CUT. DUE TO THE LOW MOUNTED SAFETY WE NEED TO MAKE A RELIEF CUT AT THE TOP REAR OF THE RIGHT SIDE GRIP PANEL TO CLEAR THE SAFETY AND THE AMBI CUT OPTION TELLS US TO MAKE THAT CUT.
If you have any questions on fit for your gun, contact us by email or by phone and we'll help you determine what you need.