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Some Marlin firearms may have some movement or "play" in their trigger.


Marlin centerfire rifles of recent design utilize a separate trigger and sear mechanism, different from our earlier 19th & earlier 20th century rifles.  This unique system, which provides increased reliability and safety, results in some free movement of the trigger.  This movement or “play” may be more than one-quarter inch and is necessary for the proper and safe operation of the firearm. Some movement from side to side is normal.  Should you feel it is excessive, return your rifle to the factory for service by first calling us at 1-800-544-8892.


We strongly recommend that no attempts be made to adjust this movement.  Improper adjustment may result in an accidental discharge and injury or death to the shooter or bystander.

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