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    Type 38 Safety Issue

    Hello. I was making myself familiar with my Mukden type 38 rifle, and after stripping and reassembling the bolt as per the instructions in the Arms and Militaria handbook (Skennertonicon), I noticed something was off with the safety. Upon engaging the safety, it no longer fully locks up the bolt and I can lift the bolt handle partway. Previously it would lock up completely. This concerns me as when I am finally able to take it to the range, I want it to function flawlessly. Has anyone else encountered this issue? If so, how did you fix it?


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    Could be the Safety Knob.There are three styles. Is the bolt miss matched?

    type 38 arisaka safety???

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    If it worked fine before and isn't now, common sense says something wasn't reassembled correctly. I'd try doing that again before anything else.

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    Disassembled and reassembled it several times correctly. Safety still does not fully engage.

    ---------- Post added at 10:43 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:41 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by AGB-1 View Post
    The bolt is matched. It appears to be a small tang projection.

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    Bolt issues seem to be common with Arisakas but if you've never had the problem, it's hard to tell someone else how to fix it. It usually comes down to the part not being correct for the rifle or not being assembled exactly right. Sorry I can't be more helpful. Photos might help.

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    I'm with Aragorn, if it was in working order before you took it apart then either you aren't reassembling correctly or something was broken or otherwise damaged in the process.

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    If you look at the photos below, I am assembling the bolt correctly, unless there is something I missed? Then there is a picture with the safety off, the safety on, and the bolt handle lifting with the safety on. And yes, I have verified that the safety knob matches the serial number on the receiver.
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    If you have wrong safety knob it won't work. I have been through this before.

    Purchase McCollum's Book and you can figure it out.https://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=44585&page=1

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    All my rifles are buried and too difficult to access to check. Perhaps you didn't get all the gunk out of it and instead packed it in the bottom. Just a thought. I doubt you broke it cleaning it and it does seem you are putting it back together correctly and if the numbers match it should work.

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