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1895 Lee Navy safety not engaging
March 15, 2019
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Don't know if this is the correct forum for the question, if not would appreciate being pointed to where I should post it. Anyway, I have just acquired a 1st contract Winchester Lee Navy musket that's in great shape and functions flawlessly except the safety stop lever will not engage the bolt. Based on my research the safety function is very simple.....the lug on the safety engages the lug on the bolt and pushes the bolt off the sear. Mines not doing that. I've looked at the sear lug and the firing pin lug and both appear to be OK...no breaks, scuffs or other apparent damage. I don't want to replace the safety or firing pin unless necessary. Has anyone had a similar problem or has a suggestion on what I need to do to fix it. THanks.

March 15, 2019
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Greg Hansman said
Don't know if this is the correct forum for the question, if not would appreciate being pointed to where I should post it. Anyway, I have just acquired a 1st contract Winchester Lee Navy musket that's in great shape and functions flawlessly except the safety stop lever will not engage the bolt. Based on my research the safety function is very simple.....the lug on the safety engages the lug on the bolt and pushes the bolt off the sear. Mines not doing that. I've looked at the sear lug and the firing pin lug and both appear to be OK...no breaks, scuffs or other apparent damage. I don't want to replace the safety or firing pin unless necessary. Has anyone had a similar problem or has a suggestion on what I need to do to fix it. THanks.  

I hope someone has the answer.  I have 2 Lees.  The safety on my Sporter will not engage.  When you push the safety up there should be an audible click when it is engaged.  My sporter will go part way up but does not go far enough to engage.

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