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Old 10-21-2019, 05:24 PM
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First, welcome to the forum!
It sounds like you have a problem with the sear (top of the trigger) or the cocking notch at the base of the hammer. This could be due to several factors, but based on the rifle's history as you describe it, I'd guess it's because of rust and corrosion getting in the way. The safety is a simple cross-bolt type that blocks the trigger, and again based on your description, it appears that something is keeping the trigger from returning to its correct forward position unless the safety is engaged. Then, when the safety is pushed off, this allows the trigger to release immediately.
This shouldn't be a difficult item for a good gunsmith or skilled amateur to correct, but it takes a good deal of skill and patience to disassemble the firing mechanism and get it back together correctly.
First, you might try spraying a very small amount of penetrating oil in this area to hopefully dissolve some corrosion. Wait about 24 hours and try it again. Repeat if it doesn't help.
If this still doesn't cure it, you will likely need to take it to a good gunsmith.
Best of luck with it, it's a great rifle, and the connection with your grandpa makes it really priceless to you.
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