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Mauser 98 BOLT SAFETY LOCK

The three position Mauser 98 safety incorporates a "LOCK" position that is not only "SAFE" but prohibits the bolt (action) from being opened.

This "locking" is accomplished by fixing the bolt body and bolt shroud together using an extension on the safety lever and a small notch in the bolt body.

This is the small (locking) notch in the top of the bolt body. (top, left, forward, etc refer to orientations when the rifle is viewed by the shooter from the firing position)

This is the business end of the safety lever. Note the cut-away portion of the lever rod.

These are the positions of the bolt and safety lever rod in the "FIRE" position.

These are the positions of the bolt and safety lever rod in the "SAFE" position.

These are the positions of the bolt and safety lever rod in the "LOCK" position. When in the "FIRE" and "SAFE" positions the rod and notch do not interfere with each other. In the "LOCK" position the end of the rod protrudes into the notch and prohibits the bolt from rotating. (Remember, the safety is in the bold shroud and the shroud can't rotate, at least when the bolt is forward, so, if the bolt is held by the safety, and the safety is held by the shroud, and the shroud can't rotate, then neither can the bolt body!!)

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