So as I have anxiously been anticipating bird season, I decided to clean the ole shotguns today. Once a year, need it or not. I just finish cleaning the 870 20ga I bought (more like stole) from my best friend who bought it for his ex-psycho and wanted nothing to do with it anymore. Gotta love deals like that! Anyways, after cleaning it, and admiring it's pure simplicity, I put it back together and make sure it cycles and fires. Cycles, yes, fires, NO! It seems that last time out, someone not only put it on safe, but locked the safety too. I never noticed since I use the tab to cycle and check for loaded, and don't usually dry fire after. And yes, Remington actually has a locking safety, and, IT REQUIRES A TOOL TO UNLOCK IT! Never in all my years have I seen such
. How can they add such complication to such a perfectly simple field gun? A quick call to my buddy reveals that he forgot about the locking safety years ago also when he sold it to me, and has no
clue where the tool is. Great. Didn't matter too much, he's 150 miles away. So a quick internet search shows me not only tools for sale, but forum topics where others have had the same thing happen while hunting rendering them useless. But all is not lost, which is why I thought I would post this for anyone with the same problem. I first considered disassembling the entire action, but was too unmotivated. Then, it seems that in my search for the tool, it also caught my eye that there is a spring and detent pin that locks it in place. Then it hit me, why not just remove the detent and twist it. So I did, and ten minutes later, it works like new. The best part is, you simply drop the trigger assembly, and pull one pin. I have posted a few pics in case anyone needs help. I think later I will epoxy the depression in the safety so this will NEVER happen again. The safety will still work, but the lock will not.First off, you remove the trigger assembly. Then you remove the pin in the highlighted area being careful not to lose the retaining pin, spring, and detent. Then you simply turn the safety to the fire position and put the parts back in. That simple, really. I am sure there are a few folks out there that did not think of this and are kicking themselves (like I did for a minute) for ruining their hunt trip. But if it ever happens to you, now you know. It did not discourage me too much on Remingtons (Frank) since it was
my doing, but I sure do miss the old tang safeties on my other shotguns.......