Safety on Rifles

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Alexandro Faria, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. Alexandro Faria

    Alexandro Faria AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2015
    Messages:
    263
    Likes Received:
    155
    Location:
    Pretoria
    Member of:
    SA wingshooters, GOSA,
    Hunted:
    RSA, Namibia, Botswana
    Hey guys, hoping there's someone that can give me some advice: is it at all possible to change the safety type on a rifle? Or better still, is it possible to find a left-handed rifle with a flag safety?

    Thanks as always!
     

  2. PHOENIX PHIL

    PHOENIX PHIL AH ENABLER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2009
    Messages:
    8,761
    Video/Photo:
    53
    Likes Received:
    6,525
    Member of:
    SCI
    Hunted:
    USA, S. Africa
    I know AHR has been converting CZ's thumb push/pull safeties to the 3 position Winchester style for quite sometime.
     

  3. TokkieM

    TokkieM AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2012
    Messages:
    984
    Video/Photo:
    60
    Likes Received:
    1,401
    Location:
    Sweden/South Africa
    Hunted:
    South Africa,Zimbabwe,Sweden
    Winchester initially had their 3 position safety so you would operate it with your right hand thumb, the actual lever was on the left hand side of the action, which would enable you to disengage the safety without adjusting your grip, why they ever switched to the right hand side is beyond me ( unless ) you are left handed. Recknagel manufacture a left or right handed safety for Mauser type actions, not for CZ, they are similar to the Winchester safety.
     
    Royal27, ZG47 and Red Leg like this.

  4. Royal27

    Royal27 AH ENABLER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    8,878
    Video/Photo:
    92
    Likes Received:
    10,982
    Member of:
    DSC, NRA, SCI
    Hunted:
    USA - TX, CO, GA, ID. Africa - Zimbabwe and South Africa (Limpopo and EC)
    Montana Rifle Company has left hand rifles with a winchester style safety.

    One of the few left hand ones I know of.... Jim Brockman also makes one. I have a .458 Lott with one in left hand.
     

  5. CAustin

    CAustin AH ENABLER BRONZE SUPPORTER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    May 7, 2013
    Messages:
    13,409
    Video/Photo:
    220
    Likes Received:
    9,615
    Member of:
    Courtney Hunting Club, NRA Life Member, SCI Kansas City Chapter
    Hunted:
    South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Kalahari, Northwest, Limpopo, Gauteng, APNR Kruger Area. USA Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas
    If I understand what your asking for the Ruger M77s in left hand have this!
     

  6. Von Gruff

    Von Gruff AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    May 5, 2009
    Messages:
    2,770
    Video/Photo:
    1,285
    Likes Received:
    3,174
    Hunted:
    New Zealand, Austaralia
  7. Alexandro Faria

    Alexandro Faria AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2015
    Messages:
    263
    Likes Received:
    155
    Location:
    Pretoria
    Member of:
    SA wingshooters, GOSA,
    Hunted:
    RSA, Namibia, Botswana
    Thanks for all the replies! I was a little ambiguous, I do apologise. I grew up shooting oldish mausers, so I'm most comfortable with the flag safeties found on those rifles. However, I'm looking to invest in my first lefty rifle and it doesn't look like mauser ever made any 98 left handed actions. Thus, the question. I'm looking for a relatively strong action with either a flag or shotgun-like safety (as found on some rugers and savage rifles). I'm not a huge fan of either listed actions, so if I can't come right, I'll either take a CZ action or a pre '64.
     

  8. bassasdaindia

    bassasdaindia AH Elite

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2012
    Messages:
    1,282
    Video/Photo:
    20
    Likes Received:
    751
    all of my CZ's have been changed to Winchester type 3 position safety's.
     

Share This Page

 
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice