Fully machined, shorter in length, and without the "hammer pocket" seen on most beavertails
, the Derr part offers one more advantage--it can be shaped and shortened to suit individual styles and preferences.
from the extended thumb safeties to the beavertails
There are two types of frame cuts for beavertails
, the Wilson and the Ed Brown.
Such niceties may help avoid the dreaded slicing of the skin between your thumb and index finger but so will lowering the position of the hand on the grip and beavertails
do not mechanically enhance accuracy.
On a 1911 this involves two things, undercutting the trigger guard and installing a good beavertail
grip safety--but not all undercuts and beavertails
are created equal.
On the easily-modified 1911, many beavertails
sweep high enough to let the rear of the gun sit substantially lower in the hand.
But in reality, the metallurgy is different; parts are manufactured to tighter tolerances, beavertails
keep your hand from being ripped-up, and other goodies.
There is no need for extended safeties, beavertails
, lowered ejection ports, polishing feedramps, throating or other reliability work.
Barrels, sights, beavertails
, extended and ambidextrous safeties, mag chutes, grips, hammers and triggers are all big sellers, according to Weeks.
Ed Brown Products got the nod for 789 beavertails
and recoil spring guides while Novak's .45 Shop received an order for 789 rear sights.