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Old 09-26-2020, 02:52 PM
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Hi Guys,

I have a question for those familiar with the Stevens/Savage 20ga model 320SEC - this exact gun:

https://www.budsgunshop.com/product_...ducts_id=97945

I recently purchased this gun and received it last week. I have not live fired it yet nor put any shells in the gun.

My question is about how the safety button is intended to work. I cannot engage the safety button (trigger guard button) without racking the action back. Once the action is racked back I can engage the safety, and also after it's racked back and then forward I can still engage the safety. My brother has this same model gun and his works the same way.

When I first received the gun the above condition was occurring. I called the manufacturer service center in MA, and the rep told me I should be able to engage the safety at any time, not just after having to rack. But he didn't really seem like he knew for sure. He sent me a pre-paid UPS label and I sent the gun in for repair.

I received the gun back within one week, yesterday afternoon. The gun is still exhibiting the same behavior with the safety only being able to be engaged if I rack the action back. Again, my brother's same model shotgun does the same thing and he has had it for two years.

So, is this the way the safety/gun is intended to function? The only way I can load shells with the safety on is to rack the action back, engage safety, rack forward, load tube. I can then use the slide release button to open the action back. This would be the way I may want to ready the gun, with 4 in the tube and none in the chamber. Does it seem right to have to store the gun with the chamber open if I do not want to have one in the chamber? Obviously I could also have one in the chamber with it racked and ready to go with the safety on.

Hopefully this makes sense to those that are familiar with the gun. It seems unusual to me that I cannot engage the safety right from the get-go without having to rack the action back. This is my first pump shotgun so I'm not sure if this is how most of them operate.

Thanks for any advice. If there's any more info I can provide, let me know.

Also I don't know wtf the Spoiler thing is below but I can't delete it.

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Old 09-26-2020, 03:24 PM
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Well after watching some vids I think I answered my own question in that the safety/gun is functioning as intended. Just seems a bit odd to me that the safety can only be engaged after the gun is racked back. Oh well I'll just have to get used to that.

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Safeties function in a couple of different ways. Some prevent the sear from moving others prevent the hammer from moving. Usually they do this by physically blocking them. That is, they occupy space that a part needs to move into or through for the weapon to fire. Frequently that means the hammer or sear blocks the safety from occupying that space unless the weapon is cocked.
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^Makes sense, thanks!
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Most long gun safeties cannot be engaged unless the gun is “hot” ie loaded chamber/hammer/striker back.

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