A few weeks ago, MSW Contributor Scott Ballard wrote about Wilson Combat’s latest iteration of their Bulletproof Ambidextrous Safety for the 1911. Originally available with tiny little levers, many of us were waiting for a version with longer and wider paddles that are more consistent with what we are used to. Thankfully, Wilson Combat answered the call and produced the 620BP, which has oversized paddles.
The good news is that the paddles are of excellent geometry. They look and feel great. They are a bit oversized for what I feel is appropriate on an everyday carry gun, especially one that might be carried concealed. Not to worry, nothing some quality time with my Kalamazoo belt grinder, Dremel tool, and emery cloth can’t fix.
As with any 1911 part, in order to be 100% is function and appearance, fitting is necessary. In addition to fitting the part for proper mechanical function and narrowing the levers, I blended the left plate so all the lines matched the frame. It is attention to these little details that separate a factory build from a full house custom. The visible machine marks were removed, and I blasted and cold blued the part to resist corrosion for the rest of the build process.