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    Posted: February 19 2007 at 1:18pm

I have an Enfield #1 Mrk III SMLE. I have not fired this rifle yet......so a few questons for the pros!  

 

 How does the safety work?  Its seems to be spring loaded so you have to hold your thumb on it at all times to keep it on safety. Release your thumb and it is ready to fire.  Is this correct?

 

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No that definatly isnt right, it should stay on safe. The safety is pretty simple, if its foreward the bullet goes foreward, back and the bullet stays back.

Get it looked over by a gunsmith.

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Yeah - you shouldn't have to leave your thumb on it @ all.
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yes i agree with hatchet and hoadie,speaking of safetys it might be just the way ive been brought up but i never fully trust or rely on any safety of any gun..its safe when the bolt i pulled back and outa the way.when im ready to fire i push the bolt home.
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Nope Barny49 thats not right. But your not the only one that has this problem mine also does that. I just havent had the time to break it down and see what is wrong. If you find out some thing befor me post it and let us know the fix. If i mess with mine first then i will do the same, but there might be 2 different fixes for each of our rifles.
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You say U have a No 1 MkIII.I'll give you something ELSE to try.(WITHOUT A BULLET) close the bolt as if it were going to fire..but when closing it-leave the trigger depressed.This would put it into a FIRED position IF U had a cartridge in it (which we don't-right?! Now, pull the knob on back of the bolt out to half cock, & tell me if that works like a saftey.
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I have had the safety catch off my No.4 Mk.I* a few times. I don't have any answers to give other than it takes me a few times putting the two pieces with the threaded parts back together to "get it just right". Trial and Error is what worked for me...that would be so much easier to tell you in person instead of typing.

The safety catch should not have to be held back, mine "clicks slightly into a "detent position".   Hope that made som sense.
I do agree with "safe" being an open bolt and empty magazine though.
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Hoadie, mine wont fire and wont go on safe at half cock.
But now my safty will work but will go off of safe real easy.
the bolt will jump open real easy too.
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On the drill rifles at cadets when I was there a few years ago were 1916 No1Mk111 Lithgows, and some of them had similar problems with their safeties, Im guessing it would be a worn out spring or something.

And remember, the safety catch is a last resort, never trust the things (which im sure you know already, im not trying to patronise you)
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The safety spring is the dumbell shaped plate which is on the left side of the buttsocket. If you remove the screw from this the safety will lift out.
The safety is in 2 parts which screw together. There are about 6 start positions for the screw(if that makes sense). When screwed together properly the outside part should be at about 11 oclock to the safety lever from memory.
The safety will almost work properly in some positions but will only work properly in one position.
You can not do any harm by experimenting with different positions.
It may be dirt as well, Have you tried giving the bolt a clean?
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Thanks for all the comments guys!  
 
I fully understand gun safety and will never solely depend on the gun safety devise.  With that said I plan to tinker with the safety in different positions to try to make gun work properly .......see Lithgow comments.
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Thanks for all the comments guys!  
 
I fully understand gun safety and will never solely depend on the gun safety devise.  With that said I plan to tinker with the safety in different positions to try to make gun work properly .......see Lithgow comments.
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Always nice to have things working properly anyway. Let us know how you go.
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