Shooters Forum banner

What is purpose of 1911 grip safety?

5491 Views 8 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  500 magnum nut
I like shooting 1911 type pistols and I understand the U.S. military told Browning to add the grip safety to all of the "new" pistols before entering service. I wish that they would get smart and do away with these annoying devices! What is the purpose of the grip safety?
1 - 1 of 9 Posts
The 1911 was designed for the cavalry. So you're galloping into battle and drop your cocked and unlocked pistol to grab your saber or control your horse. The pistol is swinging on the lanyard and bouncing off you, your gear and horse. A grip safety is quite sensible for those conditions. Never had any problem with it myself, but I've got skinny hands.

1 - 1 of 9 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.