The safety plunger is indeed intended to ensure the action is fully locked before firing (on a Winchester). If yours will fire without holding the lever up the safety is not working.(assuming it has one) I am confused about how the action is opening when your hand is "touching the lever". How far is it opening? Sounds like something in the linkage is out of spec or worn. I can't imagine shooting any lever gun without squeezing the lever tight but I guess it's an individual thing.
Last edited by drail; June 28, 2010 at 02:43 PM.