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Old May 10, 2014, 08:31 AM   #1
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Quiet AR safety

I briefly had a used Wilson Combat AR.

One of the things that made it stand apart from other rifles was the selector didn't have an audible *click* when turned from safe to fire. I never took it apart to see if there was something modified or if there was a different part in it.

I have searched the interwebs on the subject and have found only people recommending to turn the selector slowly to prevent it from clicking into the fire position. I don't know what would have made the switch in that Wilson so quiet. It didn't turn freely, I could feel it set into place in safe or fire but it didn't make noise.
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Old May 10, 2014, 03:04 PM   #2
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Well lubed?

But really, what's the point of having a quiet selector switch?
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Hunting? Noise is not your friend when you are hunting, IMO.
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Old May 11, 2014, 05:32 AM   #4
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Maybe a polymer part or coating in the detent, or maybe just the profile of the machining of the detent notch.
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Old May 11, 2014, 07:08 AM   #5
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If it's really a problem, pull the grip, spring, and detent and coat the detent in grease before reinstalling. This will cut some of the noise BUT it may cause failure of the detent to properly engage the selector in cold weather allowing the safety to disengage w/o notice. Another option would be to cut the spring a few coils but would have the same warning/disclaimer.
A better choice might be to learn to control the "snap" with thumb pressure.
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Hunting? Noise is not your friend when you are hunting, IMO.
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