Earlier this week I mentioned that I’ve been considering making an extended safety for my S&W Shield 9mm because the standard safety is miserable. The JB Weld that I used to add material to the extra safety lever has mostly cured (I didn’t have a lot of hardener, so it took a bit longer than I expected), and I had time to install it.
It’s not big, just a hair bigger than the standard safety:
For comparison, here’s the standard safety:
You’ll notice that it’s not much bigger, but it’s just about right. I did a few draws from holster with the extended safety installed, and I really like how it works with just a little more material on it. I haven’t fired the pistol with it installed yet as I was just playing with it in the garage, but it feels like it’s just big enough that in addition to being easier to swipe off, it feels like it also should be big enough to ride with my thumb when firing the pistol.
The next step is to find someone who is experienced with a welder to add just a little steel to the thin safety lever, as I think that’s the best way to permanently extend it. Anybody have any other ideas?