Hi, You do not have to cock the gun to refit the anti-beartrap lever!<snip>
If you removed the anti bear trap bar would it cock and shoot?
Years ago I assembled a couple 55's from leftover parts of the Navy Arms Egyptian importation. Because there were no 'devil bars' in the parts pile, I installed a bent wire on the trigger box to permanently pull forward the lever that would be actuated by the bar. It worked fine, apart from forfeiting the anti-beartrap feature. Not a problem unless one is foolish enough to pull the trigger while closing the barrel (same as many barrel-cockers).Don R.