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 Flipping safety switch to other side?
petrotk40  [Member]
1/22/2010 10:52:10 AM
I'm a lefty and am wondering if it's possible to move the safety from one side to the other on my LR308 Sportical? Sorry if this is a n00b question....
50-140  [Team Member]
1/22/2010 11:00:57 AM
If you look at the safety, you can see that it's not symmetrical and can't be simply switched.

However there are ambidextrous safeties that are available which will solve the issue.

Here's a link from dpms which a safety which I think might work out for you.

http://www.dpmsinc.com/store/products/?prod=871
petrotk40  [Member]
1/22/2010 11:18:19 AM
Ok thanks for that. My biggest issue with the safety is that it hits my hand when I shoot. It is fairly uncomfortable but I can try to adjust my hand positioning.
50-140  [Team Member]
1/22/2010 12:27:14 PM
I'm not sure I understand, but if you're shooting the rifle left handed and the safety on the left side is interfering with your manipulation, one idea might be to install the ambidextrous safety, and then take a dremel, with a cut wheel and a sanding wheel and take enough off the left side of the safety so that it doesn't interfere which your grip.

Just a thought.
45FMJoe  [Team Member]
1/22/2010 12:37:57 PM
The new Colt safety can be switched to the right side.
GainesvilleRebel  [Member]
1/22/2010 1:01:50 PM
ETA: I just saw you were talking about a .308 rifle. All of my rifles are built on 5.56 lowers, and I don't know whether or not 5.56 safeties can be used in .308 lowers.

DON'T get the DPMS safety, it probably will be out of spec.

I'm a lefty too and on my 5 rifles I have Bushmaster and Stag ambi safeties. Both start with a standard safety and then attach a selector lever on the lefty-side with a screw and with one of two anti-rotation devices:

Bushmaster (mine is about 2yrs old): A gas tube roll pin that goes through a hole in the lefty-side selector lever and into the part that sits flush with the receiver.
Stag (a few over the last 2 yrs): The lefty-side selector lever has a tongue to sit in a groove cut into the part of the safety that sits flush with the receiver.

Both seem really solid but I prefer the Stag one because with a drop of blue loctite on the screw and the tongue-and-groove connection the lefty-side lever attaches solidly, yet if you need to remove the safety and reinstall it on the same (or another) lower you could do so quickly and easily. The roll pin is secure but is difficult to install and is so small that I can't imagine the set-up being more robust than the stag set-up.
45FMJoe  [Team Member]
1/22/2010 1:14:40 PM
Oh, I didn't realize this was for a .308 either so disregard that.
Brad_Grubb  [Member]
1/22/2010 5:01:13 PM
I am lefthanded and use the ambidextrous safeties. If you really don't like the safety on the trigger finger side Brownells has a reversible, safety. It's around $50 though. Google search "reversible ar15 safety" Hope this helps.
fire4fx  [Member]
1/22/2010 9:02:08 PM
Take a look at Troy...they just came out with a nice ambi-selector
shrikefan  [Team Member]
1/23/2010 6:00:53 AM
Originally Posted By 45FMJoe:
Oh, I didn't realize this was for a .308 either so disregard that.


It should still work.

Colt45guy  [Team Member]
1/23/2010 7:11:58 AM
Originally Posted By shrikefan:
Originally Posted By 45FMJoe:
Oh, I didn't realize this was for a .308 either so disregard that.


It should still work.



it does. I had one on my DPMS 308. Zoom in to see it more clearly.



Forest  [Team Member]
1/23/2010 1:25:09 PM
Originally Posted By 50-140:
If you look at the safety, you can see that it's not symmetrical and can't be simply switched.


Depends on who made the safety. Olympic Arms made a safety that could be 'flipped' , they may still make it.