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Lost the spring to the locking safety

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Yep, finger slipped off and the spring went flying. Kind of pissed me off because the safety plunger stayed under my finger, but the spring really jumped. Never even heard it hit or land, and it's a big, dirty garage floor.

So where do I find another part #24 "Access Lock Spring"?


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You don't want to hear this, but you are probably going to become very well acquainted with that garage floor, and all the little nooks and crannies where it could have settled after a few ricochets. I recently lost a rifle firing pin spring retainer clip in my bedroom, and found it across the room from the wall it hit. I take my pistols apart inside a big plastic bag, but with my luck, something will probably pop out the top. Hope somebody can steer you to a parts source.
Try contacting Steyr's US based folks directly:

Steyr Arms, INC.
5977 Steeplechase Blvd.
Cumming, Ga. 30040
Phone number 770-888-4201

Disassembly in a big plastic bag is a great idea. I will definitely do that next time I take a handgun apart. Thanks for sharing.
of all the springs in your gun, that one is the one to lose. go to the hardware store and find anything with the right inside diameter. cut it down to about 1/4" long. if you can get it to fit, it will work. might be a pain getting it in or out, but it just has to push the key lock out. worst case scenario a gun smith would have something that would work.
technicaly it's not intregal to the working of the gun, like say a trigger or recoil spring, but it does need to hold the lock in place or your takedown lever could engage.
...have you tried the spring of those cheap mechanical pens? I dont have one handy right now but will try to measure it... if the diameter is just the same you could just probably cut-off the required size.
the recoil spring is pushing against the flat of the takedown lever. on my well used steyr, i can simply flip it down without pushing the key lock. i'd stand in line to buy a new key lock but...

so here's another suggestion, since the key lock basically holds the sub-frame in while the takedown lever is out, you could "probably" assemble the whole thing without the key lock. you just might have a fit keeping the sub-frame in the grip while you got the takedown lever in.

being thoroughly familiar with the way this thing works, i can't think of any potential bad things happening.
I did reassemble without the spring, but the access lock tended to fall inwards, locking up the gun. So I removed it also. Gun dry fires fine.

I will not be looking for alternatives. Someone who wishes to remain unnamed came thru with a replacement spring for me.

Thank you to all for suggestions, and thank you, "He-who-cannot-be-named" :lol:

Hmmm... so there is a "he-who-cannot-be-named" who browses this forum and has extra Steyr parts stashed away. Good to know I'm keeping in the right company, should something ever happen to my M9. 8)
... the Good Samaritan lives! :wink:

...thanks to whoever he was!
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