Safety Question


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pdowg881
May 6, 2006, 10:58 PM
To engage the safety on my .22 the bolt handle has to be unlocked, but not pulled back. I do this because when the bolt handle is rotated up, the trigger moves forwrd enough for me to put a trigger lock on it. I was wondering if storing the gun with the firing pin held back will wear on the spring. I thought it was strange that you need to have the pin cocked to engage the safety. BTW the safety od behind the bolt, not a trigger safety. It's an old marlin 80.

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pdowg881
May 8, 2006, 03:05 PM
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America_without_liberals
May 8, 2006, 03:17 PM
Save the spring and forget about the safety if you are using a trigger lock.

CZguy
May 8, 2006, 04:26 PM
pdowg881,

That's an excellent question, as there seems to be a great deal of mis-understanding as to what causes a spring to wear out.

Springs wear from cycles (being compressed and un-compressed) not from being stored in a compressed state.

An excellent source of information on this subject is available at Wolff Gun Springs. http://www.gunsprings.com/

pdowg881
May 9, 2006, 04:51 PM
The safety has nothing to do with the trigger lock. I just noticed that for the safety to be engaged, the bolt must be rotated up, but not puilled back. This is also the only way to fit the trigger lock. When I rotate the bolt up, the firing pin cocks, and there is enough space behind the trigger for the trigger lock. Wihtout cocking the pin, I can't fit the trigger lock between the back of the trigger and the trigger guard. The part about the safety was that I was curious if other bolt action ifles must have the firing pin cocked to have the saftey engaged. becuase so far mine is the only one I've seen like that.

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