March pinup is non-functional

Did anyone else with the ParaUSA 2009 calendar notice that the March pinup is non-functional?


Here is the picture:



If you don’t see the problem click on the picture for a close up. People not familiar with 1911’s will be at a slight disadvantage in discovering the blocking issue.


Update: In response to comments and Tam’s post I present the following pictures from my Para Gun Blog 45 and what I think is Caleb’s Gun Blog 9 (I stole the picture from the header on his blog):



Para Gun Blog 45 safety.



Para Gun Blog 9 safety.


I admit I could still be wrong on this point. I do not think the safety on March pinup has been modified as seen in either of the two pictures immediately above. Therefore in order for the Para SX745S pictured on the March calendar to be function one or more of three things would have to be true:




  1. The safety is mounted in a slightly different place


  2. The safety requires less travel


  3. The grips mount in a slightly different location

I think each of the above are very unlikely to be true. Therefore I stand by my claim the safety in this picture is unusable and the gun was for display purposes only.


Anyone want to make bets on the topic?


Update2: Kerby Smith from Para Public Relations says:



From the camera angle you can not see that the safety is relieved on the bottom side. The SX745S which is the March 2009 Special Edition pistol can be ordered with or without the Crimson Trace Laser grips. The ones that are ordered with the Crimson Trace Laser grips will have the right bottom side of the safety modified. And that is why the Crimson Trace Laser grips are coming factory installed as an option so we can make sure the safety works with them.

11 thoughts on “March pinup is non-functional

  1. Ehhh?

    Not so sure it is completely blocked … there might be enough clearance there.

    Not my first choice of accessory to go with that laser, however.

  2. Hahahaha, I’m glad someone else noticed that. I saw that on the calendar, had a “huh?” moment, then ran upstairs to grab the Gun Blog 9 to be sure, and sure enough the ambi-safety on the 9mm is bobbed so it can clear the laser’s bump.

  3. Speaking as someone who has handled a 1911 all of once, I can honestly say that particular firearm might be a little… difficult… to operate. 😉

  4. I agree with Tam. I don’t think Crimson Trace would neglect to do their research before making their lasers for the 1911 with ambidextrous safeties. The safety doesn’t move that much; looks like there’s a good amount of clearance to me.

  5. I don’t think Crimson Trace would neglect to do their research before making their lasers for the 1911 with ambidextrous safeties.

    Oh, but they did! 😮

    CTC Lasergrips won’t work with normal 1911 ambi safeties without some fairly serious surgery…

  6. That is my Gun Blog 9mm, but here’s the funny part. I took that picture in the header at Blackwater. When it finally made it out to me in Indiana, the safety looked like the one on your .45, Joe.

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