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John M. Browning's original 1911 safety configuration


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I have seen several posts stating that the 1911 grip safety was an unnecessary add on to the original design.........

I finally decided to post a picture of the early design with the grip safety but without the thumb safety.


As I recall, the US Military didn't fully trust the grip safety and required the addition of the thumb safety, which Browning added to the original design.  



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The original 1911 patent has just the grip safety.  There's a number of people with a vested interest in revisionist history trying to claim otherwise...


JMB's personal copy of the 1911 patent came up for auction several years ago and had pencil sketches of what would become the thumb safety (called 'slide latch' in the sketches IIRC) scribbled onto it.


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