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Old 07-03-2009, 02:55 PM
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Does anyone know how to remodel original mauser safeties for low scope safeties? The price of commercial replacement low safeties is getting ridiculous. I want to end up with right hand safeties. I think that a cut grind and weld might do the trick.
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Old 07-03-2009, 04:12 PM
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I'd just spend the $21 and be done with it.

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Old 07-04-2009, 01:09 PM
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At the begining of my rifle conversion I purchase commercial safety replacemnt or trigger with safety incorporated, but this was more for the look since I never used it..! I NEVER chamber a round unless I intend to take the shoot, (for me this is the only true safety) so 30 + rifles later I do not bother any more to replace the military safety.
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:11 PM
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I noticed one reviewer of the Timney low swing safety in Midway's reviews felt the $39 Timney low swing, which he bought to replace a Dayton Traister, was much better. It may be worth the extra $18. I have not used either, but rather used the Chapman swing-arm style safety the last time I did one of these, and it was long ago. That worked out well, but you need a milling machine to make the installation cuts.
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:16 AM
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Yes it can, there are things that happen that are not though of in the beginning like the safety is installed at the 3 o'clock position then rotated, the safety can not fall out in the 9 o clock position or the 12 o'clock position and is held in by the bolt sleeve in the 3 o clock position, when rolled over to fire in the 3 o'clock position the safety can fall out when the rifle is elevated. I save old safeties from cock on close Mausers, they are longer with a bolt lock notch, the longer safety can be shortened and the bolt lock notch cut to allow the safety to be installed on the right side, this will reduce the cutting and welding, but require a retainer.

I can not risk saying they are rare but there are left hand safeties for the 98 type Mauser, Lee's gun shop has 600 plus left hand Mauser safeties, he has one right hand safety, I have three.

In the old days the safety was left on the left side,bent and metal removed from the bolt sleeve, some added a pin type handle, ugly but it worked then there is grind flag off of one and the shaft off of another and weld them togather.

I have friends that talk about it, I get out pencil and paper then they start talking in lofty terms of long, long ago, and then they do not remember.

I have 12 bolts bent and extended that will need a safety, $40.00 each X 12 = $480.00?

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Old 07-13-2009, 08:46 AM
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I'm in the same boat, like to build rifles on the cheap if possible. Numrich advertises a right hand safety for about 15$, but it is actually a lefty. If you need left hand safeties, that's where I would go. I have one safety off an original mauser (military) that works on the opposite side of most, I think I'll try to modify it.
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:11 PM
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In the M70 type safeties for Mausers, there is some real machining to install them.

The Chapman may be $20 and the Wisner $30, but the Chapman requires allot of fitting and shaping.
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