I ordered a replacement trigger housing. After I received the new housing, I was ready to transfer the parts from the old housing to the new one. Darn, I had to move the safety button. Too many posts warned that this was not an easy thing to re-install.
I removed the safety button from the old housing with very little problem, didn't even lose the spring. (Note to self: use a gallon zip lock bag next time because my beard may not catch the spring.)
Now what? How do I get that spring and detent in the new housing? I found several tools online for $25 or more but I am a cheapskate and impatient. I took a round pencil, cut the point off so I had a flat end, and then drilled a hole about 1.25" from the end. The hole size was barely bigger than the detent. I had to push very hard for the first few times testing the fit.
I slid the pencil in the housing and lined up the hole. I used a tweezers to drop it the spring and then place the detent on top of the spring. A finishing nail was the tool employed to push the detent down until I could rotate the pencil and trap the detent/spring. I placed the safety button on the end of the pencil and slid it in while pulling out the pencil.
When the pencil cleared the housing side, the detent tried to escape but steady pressure on the pencil prevented that. I made sure the safety was oriented so the flat surface was up away from the trigger area and the notch with the small hump would engage the detent. In no time at all, my safety was nicely seated and working fine.
Steven Broomhead, Sr
April 19, 1775: When marksmenship met history, and the heritage began...