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FORWARD Paddle Chen Thumb Safety

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The same thumb safety you know and love, now designed for larger hands.

Our new thumb safety was designed with the paddle shifted forward to accomodate shooters wearing gloves or with larger hands.



Standard paddle width, shifted forward and longer for more contact.


23% wider paddle for larger hand or those wearing gloves.



The Thumb Safety -1911 shooters know how important it is to get this one part right. Every draw stroke, press check, shot fired, reholster...involves interacting with the thumb safety.

Done wrong, the thumb safety can be a constant source of irritation. Sharp edges, lousy action and poor fit to the shooter can make running a 1911 a chore.

Done right however, say by a high end custom 1911 builder, the thumb safety helps the pistol become a natural extension of the shooter. It should fit well under the thumb, be devoid of any sharp edges, and offer a positive action with every flick on and off. Shooting and handling the pistol now becomes an effortless joy.

That is what we've captured in the Chen Thumb Safety. Right out of the box, without having to have a gunsmith 'rework' a safety until it works, feels, and looks right. We believe the Chen Thumb Safety is perhaps the most 'finished' thumb safety on the market today.


Ergonomically Sculpted "Forward" Lever. Follows the natural curves of the thumb for ultimate shooter comfort. Paddle is shifted forward for a cohesive design.

Fully Dehorned. Every edge is carefully broken or radiused for shooter comfort.

Clean, Flowing Lines. Lines you would expect from a high end custom pistol, after the pistolsmith has spent a considerable amount of time shaping, blending and sculpting the part.

Positive Engagement. Crisp and clean engagement. Detent geometry was tuned and modified so that the safety positively snaps either on or off. There is no muddy, wishy-washy feel, nor any "bounce" at the bottom of the stroke.

Integrated Design. Designed in conjunction with the Chen Beavertail Grip Safety. The two parts meld together when fitted together properly.

Precision Machined. Meticulously Manufactured IN HOUSE. Incredibly tight tolerances throughout. The shaft is perfectly concentric and held to max tolerance to aid in more precise function and fit with the grip safety. It is also dead nuts parallel with the safety paddle, also enhancing fit and function.

These parts are made on high-end, extremely rigid and accurate Japanese machinery capable of mold-making precision. Multi-axis machining techniques allow for extreme dimensional consistency, leading to more precise fitting to the pistol.

These are made under my personal watchful eye. No dickering with vendors, no accepting something that's "good enough" because you don't want to hassle with sending back a batch that wasn't quite right. Here, it either meets my extremely high standards or it goes in the scrap bin. Period.


This is not a drop in part. While the Chen Thumb Safety was designed to be as finished as possible, it does require fitting of the sear for installation.


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  • 5
    Magnum Fwd TS

    Posted by Archer1440 on 29th Apr 2024

    Have installed two of these on Colt Competition pistols. I have very large hands and the extra-wide Magnum version of this safety is just perfect for my needs. I have considerable experience running and working on 1911 actions, and fitting thumb safeties isn't for the uninitiated, but excellent instructions come with your shipment. As far as the fit, finish and overall quality, this is a simply outstanding part, with superior craftsmanship and function. On both pistols, I got a super-positive engagement and firm disengagement with no modification top the plunger interface needed, and on in-spec grips, correct plunger tube clearance, and correct grip clearance despite the oversize nature of the paddle. Simply outstanding service on the order shipment, as well.

  • 5
    FORWARD PADDLE CHEN THUMB SAFETY- Just the ticket for large hands

    Posted by Archer1440 on 18th Apr 2024

    Easy fitting and impeccable machining made this beautifully designed thumb safety a great choice for my large hands on my competition Colt.

  • 5
    Forward thumb safety

    Posted by Michael Moore on 30th Oct 2023

    Amazing finish. I’ll be putting these on every 1911 from now on. No one makes a better product!

  • 5
    Thumb safety and grip safety

    Posted by Michael Moore on 15th Sep 2023

    Amazing craftsmanship, will definitely buy your products again