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5 Extractor (49) may be removed by forcing lip end away from bolt head face and disengaging its tongue from slot in bolt head and simultaneously forcing it forward and off bolt head

6 Other disassembly is readily apparent.

Reassemble rifle in reverse order. To assemble safety lock and bolt sleeve, insert spindle of the safety lock into bolt sleeve hole. Then, with thumbpiece vertical, insert small screwdriver blade between safety lock spindle and safety lock plunger (42), forcing it into thumbpiece until it slips over the edge of sleeve. Continued pressure on safety lock thumbpiece together with withdrawal of screwdriver completes assembly ■

Safeties Do Fail

Washington C.H., Ohio

Editor:

After attempting a shot at a hawk which I decided not to fire, I took my shotgun in my left hand and, holding the gun vertically, set the butt down sharply on a log. The arm discharged instantly. I was frightened, but as I was not injured I sat and contemplated what happened and why.

When I nearly fired at the hawk I lightly pressed the trigger. In doing this, the trigger had moved the sear and left it standing on the edge of the hammer notch. Then, when I set the butt down on the log with some jar. the hammer was released and the arm discharged. This in spite of the fact that the safety was set at "safe". To prove this I opened the gun and the left shell was ejected. I had intended using the left barrel on the hawk and had applied pressure to the rear trigger.

It is easy to prevent a gun from accidental firing, from the causc outlined above, provided the arm is in good condition.

Every now and then when hunting, and always immediately after you almost fire but don't, fully open and close the action of your gun. This should be done with the muzzle pointing away from every living thing. The simple precaution of opening and closing the action leaves the several' parts of the lock in correct engagement so there is less danger of the sear and hammer or the trigger and hammer accidentally parting company and causing a premature discharge.

Sometimes a gun develops wear in the hammer notch so that the cocked hammer may fall if the gun is jarred.

Frequently jar a gun when cocked and unloaded. A strong click will be heard if the hammer falls. When this happens, do not use the arm until a first-class repair has been made.

Keep your wits when handling a gun, and never allow it to point towards a companion or yourself. Do not load until the hunting grounds are reached. As soon as hunting is ended the gun should be unloaded. After the gun is unloaded, open and close the action at least twice to be sure no live ammunition remains.

When hunters assemble, the action of each gun should be opened. This simple precaution is important and should not be overlooked.

Most guns have a safety. With many designs, the ¡safety blocks the triggers only. The sears in most guns, operating between the triggers and the hammers, derive no benefit from the safety. The sear can let the hammer fall while the safety is blocking the trigger perfectly.

Nevertheless, the safety with its several imperfections, performs an important function, particularly when it is on top pf the grip or otherwise so placed that it may be thrown off as the gun is raised to shoot.

Willis O. C. Ellis

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