Each has a pronounced rear projection which I won't call a beavertail, because there is no grip safety on either model, but the frame extends far enough to the rear that for most hand sizes there is no chance of the dreaded slide-bite happening to the web between the shooter's thumb and trigger-finger.
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GS stands for Grip Safety (firearms)
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The grip frame is cut high behind the triggerguard and also above the grip safety to allow the highest possible gripping which also insures the grip safety is positively pressed when firing.
The high-rise grip safety is fit with a bit of play and some gaps--OK on a production gun but cause for complaint on a custom gun.
The Kimber II has a safety that unlocks the firing pin when the grip safety is depressed.
The slightly enlarged and ambidextrous thumb safety, beavertail grip safety and synthetic grip panels are light-years ahead of the original 1911, as are the Novak sights.
But like the subsequent M1911 Al adopted in 1924 (which Remington Arms did not produce), they have narrow hammers, a longer grip safety spur, and frame cutouts behind the triggerguard.
Also new is the R350CR, a compact 1911 with Picatinny rail, beavertail grip safety, ambidextrous thumb safety, commander-style hammer, skeleton trigger and checkered front strap.
Additionally, the XD series of pistols and the XD-S come with a grip safety, but unlike the well-known 1911 grip safety, which can be hard for some to engage properly, this grip safety consists of a simple wide blade in the center of the grip that is easy to engage and activate the firing mechanism of the gun, but yet it protects against accidental discharge because it requires the operator to grip the gun firmly.