Marlin lever action rifles use a two piece trigger design. The free play and movement of the trigger is typical. There is no safety issue with the trigger moving forward while the rifle is cocked. The trigger should operate rearward normally to discharge the rifle. If that is not the case, or if you would still like us to inspect it, we can be reached at 1-800-544-8892 M-F 9am-5pm EST to process a service request in order to facilitate the inspection/repair for you.