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So I bought my Socom used and the previous owner did a little bit of DIY work on the receiver. They reworked the safety bridge a bit and cleaned up some of the ruff spots on it. what they did does work better than what they had before but it's still not done right. I want to have it fixed and done properly. Although I'm sure the answer is no will SAI fix it under warranty? If not who would be a good place to have do the work?
 

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I've read some posts where people have sent rifles back to SAI for various reasons and they've come back with alterations to the safety bridge. Maybe your receiver has already been back to SAI? Or did the previous owner tell you that they did the modification themselves?
 

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In the recent past a couple of members sent there rifles in for a buggered up safety bridge. I will look for the threads and post them here. One of them had the barrel and receiver replaced. As Arnold said "I'll be back".
I'm back here is one still looking for the other
http://m14tfl.com/upload/showthread.php?t=90863&highlight=Safety+bridge
here is the other one. Contact these members to see what they went through with sai
http://m14tfl.com/upload/showthread.php?t=90221&highlight=Safety+bridge
I am preety sure the only way to fix the bridge is to replace the receiver. Have never heard of anyone fixing one yet.
 

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The previous owner did do the work himself. I knew the previous owner and saw and used the rifle before he did anything with it. He never used it much and besides what he did to the receiver it was pretty much stock when I bought it from him. The firing pin caught frequently on the safety bridge when he had it and only does sometimes now. The receiver and safety bridge where very ruff and sharp when he bought it. He ended up taking a dremel tool to it to relieve some of the edges. It's now a very sloppy fit and doesn't impede the firing pin too much now but it's still wrong and isn't 100% (about 80-85%) reliable. I ended up cleaning up some of his work as best as I could since his was still a little ruff when I bought it (I didn't remove material like he did, just polished it up a bit.) but since I've joined this forum I've since learned that I want it done right. The previous owner put about 50 rounds through it and I've since put about another 800 through it. I did send it back to SAI some time ago to have the op rod replaced because it broke awhile back and they took care of it just fine but I don't know that they would fix the receiver now that it's been messed with. I tried getting the best pics I could but I'm not the best photographer in the world and it's hard to even get a good angle of the safety bridge so I just took as many as I could in hopes of getting a good photo. Let me know if you guys could use any photo's from any other angles if these don't work well enough and I'll see what I can do to get some better ones.

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Today another member posted the same problem with a brand new sm rifle. His is missing much more material than yours. Seems as though sai is having problems with the receiver bridge and to fix it they are going to town with a dremel tool. If it were mine I would tell yiu the same thing I told the other guys get it replaced by sa. I don't think that can be fixed.
 

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Do a search for safety bridge info posted by Gus Fisher, here is a link to one of his conversations that might help provide you with some insight about the shape of the safety bridge;
http://m14tfl.com/upload/showthread.php?t=67157&highlight=safety+bridge

I had a problem with my bridge and after reading some of Gus' info on shaping the bridge I did a little surgery and it turned out very well. The thing that you need to do is strip the rifle down to the receiver with the bolt installed and nothing else. Hold the receiver over your head and move the bolt in to battery. Watch the firing pin tail and see if it moves smoothly and ensure that it does not touch the bridge after the bolt is fully in battery position. Here is a picture of my rifle after I worked on the bridge area. I had to remove some material from the right side of the firing pin tail (as you are looking at the picture) and the bottom of the slot.
 

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I'm gonna call SAI about it tomorrow then. I want this fixed because I would like to finish this thing. I've been doing every mod I can to it except bedding to make it as accurate and reliable as possible for a .308 combat carbine. The accuracy is there but the reliability isn't. I want a legacy system for the AK type reliability of a proven system but SAI is dropping the ball lately. I think future rifles are going to be LRB from now on just to avoid the hassles.
 

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I would contact SA... with reliability being an issue it will only become a safe- or range-queen if you can't trust it.

It is in SA's interest to make it right and I suspect they probably will, but in any event the worst they can do is say 'No.'
 

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While SAI is very good with customer service, I would not blame them if they would do nothing on your rifle. The saftey bridge has been altered a drastic amount as well as the left lug area has been gone over. Maby they will, but if they do you had better thank your lucky stars. At the most I would think they may replace the receiver at cost. Hope I am wrong.

Good Luck
 

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While SAI is very good with customer service, I would not blame them if they would do nothing on your rifle. The saftey bridge has been altered a drastic amount as well as the left lug area has been gone over. Maby they will, but if they do you had better thank your lucky stars. At the most I would think they may replace the receiver at cost. Hope I am wrong.

Good Luck

My thoughts exactly.
 
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