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Old 08-15-2011, 04:02 AM   #1
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I was talking to a friend. He has an old remington 700, one that may have the so called 'faulty safety' the news ranted on for a few days. He said he wanted it replaced and asked me if I could do it. I could make a few dollars on the deal so I wanted to see what this involved.

I could only find a 'rifle basix' replacement safety, for models before 2006. And thats about it, except a three position safety, from midway usa, that involves drilling and taking steel off in a couple spots. Other than that I can find nothing on the subject. My googles didnt turn up much.

If someone could tell me, would the rifle basix safety do away with the problem or is it the exact same as factory? Id think the three position would, but I dont want to risk messing it up, without a ton of research.

Id really think there would be a lot more info on this topic than Im finding, being as it was on the news and caused a stir for a week or so.

If theres any other info you guys have Id greatly appreciate it.

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The reason you dont see much is because it was basically a giant lie put out by msnbc.

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The reason you dont see much is because it was basically a giant lie put out by msnbc.
Ok that actually sounds probable, I dont really trust the news company to give anything accurate.

but Im wondering, is there a different safety to put on the rem 700, other than the factory, that would make him happy. Or is the three stage safety my only option?
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My uncle almost shot my other uncle's head off with one and they for d@mn sure weren't being careless or unexperienced,the gun fired while they were sitting while hunting with nothing near the trigger,it was an emotional experience to say the least for them.

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I was talking to a friend. He has an old remington 700, one that may have the so called 'faulty safety' the news ranted on for a few days. He said he wanted it replaced and asked me if I could do it. I could make a few dollars on the deal so I wanted to see what this involved.

I could only find a 'rifle basix' replacement safety, for models before 2006. And thats about it, except a three position safety, from midway usa, that involves drilling and taking steel off in a couple spots. Other than that I can find nothing on the subject. My googles didnt turn up much.

If someone could tell me, would the rifle basix safety do away with the problem or is it the exact same as factory? Id think the three position would, but I dont want to risk messing it up, without a ton of research.

Id really think there would be a lot more info on this topic than Im finding, being as it was on the news and caused a stir for a week or so.

If theres any other info you guys have Id greatly appreciate it.
Unless you are going for a different type (like the 3 position) you normally do not just replace the factory safety. As a matter of fact with some aftermarket triggers you swap the trigger out and keep the factory safety. If he's really afraid of the gun I would just replace the whole trigger with a Timney or similar.

The issue of the "faulty safeties" has been discussed to death. Some folks (I being one of them) are convinced that the incidents cited by the media were all because of kitchen gunsmithing with the factory triggers. If you do research on the subject you'll find out that just about none of the handful of suits have stuck and they are still making the gun with a newer design trigger that is tougher for the owner to jack with...
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Tell him the safety is just fine. Remember the exploding gas tanks on Chevy trucks? All a lie and done by the same people. If he is not happy with that answer, tell him to trade it in on a nice Savage or Winchester. He will not ever be happy with it.

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I dont think it has much to do with fear of accidental firing. Its a gun hes had for a long time, and from , I think, seeing that stuff on the news, has put this thought in his head.
He also said about getting a lighter trigger in it, so ill check that out also.

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did he buy it second hand?? a previous owner or a backroom gunsmith somewhere in the weapon's history "lightening" the trigger causes issue like that. its not just a remington problem. bubba'ing a sear is the cause of guns going off with no finger on the trigger.

most nd are caused by people who swear on a stack of bibles they didnt have a finger on the trigger. not saying he is lying. its just how the mind works.

a buddy of mine almost shot himself holstering his 1911 bullet left a red mark on his leg he swore up and down he didnt pull the trigger but i watched him do it. finger in the guard gun went in the holster finger hit the trigger. he still swears to this day he didnt pull the trigger. i still give him hell for it.

if he is that scared of it best to sell it and get a different gun.

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i have a rem 700 in 7mm mag,, i was fooling around with it,, (unloaded)
and if you have the finger on the trigger, just barley touching it, and take saftey off, it will fire, very scary, but i only put one shell in at a time, and only do it if im pointing down range

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i have a rem 700 in 7mm mag,, i was fooling around with it,, (unloaded)
and if you have the finger on the trigger, just barley touching it, and take saftey off, it will fire, very scary, but i only put one shell in at a time, and only do it if im pointing down range
Why would you ever do that?
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