L57 Safety doesn't work.

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    Hello. I have a Sako L57 that the safety does not work. It will fire while the safety is engaged. I disassembled the trigger group and safety/bolt assembly. All are cleaned and lubed. No missing or broken parts.
    The only thing I can surmise is that the rocker arm on the safety lever is free spinning and not engaging the firing pin mechanism.
    Is the rocker arm supposed to do this? Does anyone know if I need to replace the safety 20200907_140427.jpg 20200907_140336.jpg 20200907_140252.jpg lever/rocket arm all together. Can it be repaired or need to be replaced. I've enclosed some photos. Thank you....Ken

     

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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    You have shown only one of the many parts associated with the safety mechanism, which tells us very little. It fact everything with the safety lever shown "looks" fine, unless the half shaft has become loose where it connects with the rocker lever, like you mentioned. Take it to a gunsmith & get it properly fixed. Your desire to do a DIY is probably not a good idea. It can be repaired, but finding replacement parts is a crap shoot, if not impossible.
     
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    Dear paulsonconstruction,

    Thank you for your response. Yes, the half shaft has become loose from the rocker lever. You can completely spin it around. If this is causing the problem I would like to replace it (next to impossible I know, or have a competent gunsmith repair it. Unfortunately, I have been trying to find one (dying profession) that works on Sakos or any older firearms. I would first like to see if this is the problem and would be open to any and all suggestions on a gunsmith you would recommend. Thank you again for your response.
    Ken
     
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    I recommend Dennis Olson Gunsmith in Plains, Montana. He works on vintage Sako's including L57's.
     
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    Dear bsmith,

    Thank you for your response. You wouldn't have a contact number for him by any chance?
    The only other person I was able to find on the internet that works on Sako rifles was Lou Tuminaro from the Gun Shop in Hamilton, Montana.
    Thanks again for your help. Ken
     
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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    Louie @ the Custom Shop in Hamilton, MT. is a con artist that I wouldn't send a broken down 410 bolt action shotgun to for repair. The half shaft needs to be fixed (welded) in the exact position it was for it to function as intended. The whole rifle needs to be sent to a smith that knows what he is doing, not necessarily to a "Sako specialist". This is a very simple fix that any competent smith should be able to handle. You don't need any parts. Dennis Olson would be a good place to start.
     
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    Dear paulsonconstruction,
    Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post. It is very much appreciated. I found his number on the internet and will reach out to him tomorrow. Have a great evening. Ken
     

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