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Post Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:57 pm 
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FWIW: The Clark grip safety was also sold as the Wilson Combat #66.

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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:41 am 
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Dave B wrote:
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...I do have one more question: Ive read conflicting info that either Clark or King were the original grip safety used in the early builds. Do you know which one it was? ....

I've read in magazine articles that a Kings grip safety was used on early guns but have never seen a photo of one or been able to confirm that from anyone who built them. I suspect that some gun writer read "Kings (ambi) safety," made an error and wrote that Kings grip safeties were used but I have never been able to confirm that.

If anyone from the USMC can clarify this, please drop me a line.



This is probably the best explaination for the mix-up. Of course with how hard it's getting to find some of these parts, a King is definately a good stand-in part if you cant find a Clark (they do somewhat resemble each other). With that said, I'd still be interested in a Clark or it's Wilson #66 twin grip safety if anyone sees one materialize. I have a King here, but would prefer the correct one if I can scrounge it up ;-).

BTW, I stumbled upon another smith who is making rear sights for clones he builds....but would much prefer to send my pesos to someone I halfway know, so send me a PM if you ever decide to run off a batch Dave. I have quite a while before Im even to the point of installing sights lol, so I may still be in the market for them later.

Since I think Im going to be using an actual USGI frame someone offered me, I think Im going to go with a new slide from Caspian instead of a used Springfield, so at least one of them will have extra material to lap a good fit. An ol'Marine buddy of mine has hooked me up with the guy who etches all his pistols and so I will have an Eagle, Globe, & Anchor etched where the Springfield cross-cannons are, and "MEU SOC" where it says "Springfield Armory on the real MEU pistols. What do you guys think of that idea?

BTW, thanks for everyone's input. When I have more time, I will add some more pics I stumbled upon online that I havent seen floating around the various 1911 sites. My hope is to try to have alot of this info in one spot for the next fella who comes through looking for it.

Semper Fidelis and goodnight!

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Post Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:56 pm 
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Dave B wrote:
SemperFi1977m wrote:
...I do have one more question: Ive read conflicting info that either Clark or King were the original grip safety used in the early builds. Do you know which one it was? ....

I've read in magazine articles that a Kings grip safety was used on early guns but have never seen a photo of one or been able to confirm that from anyone who built them. I suspect that some gun writer read "Kings (ambi) safety," made an error and wrote that Kings grip safeties were used but I have never been able to confirm that.

If anyone from the USMC can clarify this, please drop me a line.

Dave,
The first grip safeties were Wilsons. I cussed them more than I can remember building the first guns back in the 80's

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:51 pm 
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Dave, How close is the Kimber Ambi-Thumb-Safety to the Kings' Gunworks Model? I was told it's a copy.

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:25 am 
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No, it's not a copy. It's a similar design but the levers are shaped differently. They share some common designs features such as a tongue and groove joint in the center of the shaft and the retention of the right side by a grooved hammer pin.

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:38 pm 
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I know it's very old, but here is a link to get what I believe is the most accurate information about the MEUSOC pistols. https://kcskustomcreations.com/meu-soc- ... rice-list/ If anyone is interested please drop me a line and I'll do my best to answer your questions.

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