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Anyone ever committed this booboo?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Langenator, Mar 20, 2004.

  1. Langenator

    Langenator Well-Known Member

    Decided to pull my Fed Ord M-14 out of the safe for cleaning-hadn't fired it in forever, and even with dessicant in the safe, the climate down here can be rough. Much to my annoyance, I discovered that when I'd put it away, I'd put a trigger lock on it. Don't ask me why, I don't know. But I figure no problem, I've got a key ring with keys to all my trigger locks (I use them when I move, since the guns aren't locked up in a safe).

    Two increasingly frustrating minutes later, it becomes clear that the key to this lock is missing. Nowhere to be found. :banghead:

    So, Monday I'm going to take the rifle to a locksmith to get the lock removed. But I am a tad worried that he's going to think I stole it. And I bought this rifle 4 years ago in a FTF transaction, back when I was too dumb to keep a record of who I bought it from. :uhoh:

    Hopefully all goes well.
  2. DMK

    DMK Well-Known Member

    Ah, you've uncovered the trigger lock conspiracy! You lock the gun, the key vaporizes and one less gun on the street! :evil: :rolleyes:

    Trigger locks are evil. :(
  3. Feanaro

    Feanaro Well-Known Member

    Two words(Or maybe it is one?): hack-saw. And, depending on the thickness, a few blades.
  4. Mark Tyson

    Mark Tyson Well-Known Member

    Yes. I put the lock on a Remington 700. This was before I had a safe. When I realized the key was lost I hacksawed it off. It was one of those locks that clamps on to the trigger guard, as opposed to one of the cable locks. My arm got a real workout.
  5. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member

    Another two words: Bolt-cutters. :)
  6. admar2

    admar2 Well-Known Member

    two more words.

    drill bit.
  7. Josey

    Josey member

    Another reason for Dremel!!
  8. motorep

    motorep Well-Known Member

    I haven't committed that one, but I have recurring bad dreams regarding waking up and not remembering the combination to my safe. Or where I have it "secretly" written down.
  9. tc300mag1

    tc300mag1 Well-Known Member

    No havnt done that but i worry about it as ive run out of room in the safe and dont want to buy a new one while im still in this house my doors arent std size talk about a pain getting stuff in and out:banghead: :banghead:
  10. joab

    joab Well-Known Member

    I used a screw driver to pry tte 2 pieces apart. It took about 1 minute to get it off
  11. Edward429451

    Edward429451 member

    I've never done that but I had a Mini-14 in lay away and when I went to pick it up, they couldn't find the key! I got a fifty dollar discount and all I had to do was disassemble the rifle and it came right off.

    M-14's are mighty similar for some reason. Try swinging the trigger guard down and see if it don't just wiggle off.;)
  12. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Not in my house!
  13. Andrew Rothman

    Andrew Rothman Well-Known Member

  14. 4570Rick

    4570Rick Well-Known Member

    Trigger locks? I've never owned one. What do they do, besides hinder my use of the gun in times of need?

    Besides, as indicated by quite a number of you, a little elbow greese and the lock is defeated. How secure is that?
  15. Declaration Day

    Declaration Day Well-Known Member

    I did that once

    I had driven up to my hunting land, which is about a three hour drive from my house. When I got there, I realized that I did not bring the key for the trigger lock that was on my M1 Garand. So I just swung the trigger guard down and wiggled the lock off! So why would I bother putting a lock on it? Same reason why I lock all of my guns while heading to my land (except for my ccw gun of course). I often have many, many guns with me during that trip, and I figure the locks will save me some questioning and harassment if I ever get pulled over.
  16. Treylis

    Treylis Well-Known Member

    I'd just take out my lockpick set and open the thing right up, assuming it takes a standard-ish key.

    I don't know if lockpicks are legal in SC, though.
  17. c_yeager

    c_yeager Well-Known Member

    If simply prying it apart or stripping the gun doesnt do it, drilling it out will probably be the least cuss-inducing method.
  18. Chip Dixon

    Chip Dixon Well-Known Member

    I concur, vice that lock down and drill it out of existance. It'll be a lot cheaper than taking it to a smith, and faster.
  19. Mal H

    Mal H Administrator

    Can you remove the trigger guard with the lock in place? If so, ....
  20. CB900F

    CB900F Well-Known Member


    I'm a locksmith. I don't know about where you are, but here in Montana, your problem is not a problem in my shop. $5.00 gets your lock picked off, & I'll even throw it away for you free of charge. The reason they give triggerocks away is because they aren't worth anything.

    Do you want to take the chance of slipping with either the hacksaw or drill & 'customizing' your M-14?


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