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Using the Firearm


Read detailed instructions about loading, unloading, and other operation of your Self-Loading Rifle (22 L.R. only) With Tubular Magazine.

Before You Use This Firearm

It is very important that you read and understand this manual before using this firearm. Warnings should be read and heeded carefully. Also follow The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety.

  • WARNING: Marlin firearms are designed and manufactured to handle standard factory-loaded ammunition which conforms to SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute Inc.) standards with dependability and safety. Due to the many bullet and load options available, the element of judgement involved, the skill required, and the fact that serious injuries have resulted from dangerous handloads, Marlin does not make any recommendations with regard to handloaded ammunition.
  • WARNING: Your rifle is shipped completely assembled and should not be used or disassembled without fully reading and understanding the instructions in this Owner's Manual.
  • WARNING: It is a violation of federal law to alter or deface the serial number of any firearm.

How to Operate the Safety

  • WARNING: Prior to firing, become familiar with the operation of the safety by practicing with the rifle unloaded. 

The safety mechanism is a round button located behind the trigger. To put your rifle on SAFE, hold it in the normal shooting position, pointed in a safe direction, and push the safety button from left to right as far as it will go. The safety is now on SAFE (See A).


To move the safety to the FIRE position, push the safety button from right to left as far as it will go. A red ring around the safety button will be visible when the safety is in the FIRE position (See B). If the trigger is pulled with the safety in this position, the gun will fire.


  • WARNING: Never disassemble the safety. It has been correctly designed, fitted and tested, and is not reversible. Any mechanical device can fail, however, so never rely on the safety to justify careless handling. Never use a firearm with a safety that does not function properly. (See instructions for factory maintenance in this manual.)

Bolt Hold-Open Features

Automatic “Last Shot” Bolt Hold-Open Feature

This safety feature is activated when the last shot in the rifle has been fired (i.e. when the magazine, feedthroat, and
chamber are empty). The bolt will stop about half way to the open position (See C). With the bolt in this position, you should visually check to be sure that the chamber is empty and the orange magazine follower is visible in the feedthroat, indicating that the magazine is empty. To close the bolt completely, with the safety on SAFE, and the gun empty, press the bolt release lever in the front of the trigger guard (See C). As long as the magazine remains empty, the automatic bolt holdopen will engage each time the bolt is
pulled all the way back.


Manual Bolt Hold-Open Feature

In addition to the automatic “last shot” bolt hold-open, which stops the bolt about half way back, the bolt can also be manually locked in the fully open position. This device makes it easy to clean the chamber, feedthroat and bore.

First, with the chamber and magazine empty, pull the charging handle all the way back, and hold it. Now engage the lock by pushing the charging handle to the left, in the direction of the arrow on the back of the handle (See D & E).




To close the action, pull the charging handle out to the right and let it snap forward (See E1). Then press the bolt release lever in front of the trigger guard to completely close the bolt.


  • WARNING: Releasing the manual bolt hold-open while the inner magazine is locked in place and there are cartridges in the feeding system, will close the bolt and chamber a cartridge. 
  • WARNING: When not in use, the safest possible way to handle your rifle is completely unloaded, with the action open, the safety on SAFE, and pointed in a safe direction.

How to Load

  • WARNING: Never attempt to load your rifle with ammunition that does not meet the cartridge designation stamped on the barrel. Use only clean, dry, factory- loaded ammunition which conforms to industry standards.
  • WARNING: Your rifle is a self-loading .22 caliber designed for .22 Long Rifle High Velocity cartridges only (not HyperVelocity). Shorts, Longs, and Shot cartridges can be loaded and fired, but Marlin does not recommend them, as feeding will not be reliable and damage or injury may result from their use.
  • WARNING: Before loading your rifle, always check the bore and chamber to be sure they are free of grease, oil or any other  obstruction.
  • WARNING: This rifle will not function properly unless the inner magazine tube is locked securely in place. 
  • WARNING: Never add cartridges to a partially loaded tubular magazine. 
  • WARNING: The following procedure is the only recommended method of loading. 

Be sure the chamber is empty, the safety is on SAFE, the bolt is in the “last shot” automatic hold-open position, and the rifle is pointed in a safe direction. 

To load the magazine, turn the rifle upside down and, keeping your fingers away from the muzzle, unlock the inside magazine tube by turning the knurled locking end plug (See F). Extract the inside tube from the outside tube until the loading port is exposed (See G).



With the muzzle raised, drop Long Rifle cartridges into the loading port, bullet end toward the muzzle (See G). When you have loaded up to 14 cartridges, slide the tube back in place, turning it slightly to ease passage over the loaded rounds. DO NOT FORCE THE TUBE DOWN. Then rotate the knurled locking end plug to the locked position.

The inner tube will not lock in place if the number of cartridges loaded exceeds the stated magazine capacity. 

  • WARNING: Your rifle is not designed to be single-loaded. Always load cartridges through the magazine as directed above.

With the safety on SAFE and the rifle pointed in a safe direction, close the bolt by pressing the bolt release lever in front of the trigger guard (See C). This should close the bolt on an empty chamber. Now, to chamber a cartridge, you must pull the charging handle all the way back and let the bolt snap forward again (See H & I).



  • WARNING: Your rifle is now cocked and ready to fire as soon as the safety is pushed to the FIRE position. 

How to Fire

Push the safety to the “FIRE” position and, with the rifle pointed at the target, squeeze the trigger. Since your rifle is self-loading, after each shot it is ready to be fired again, until the magazine, feedthroat, and chamber are empty, at which point the automatic “last shot” bolt hold-open will engage. 

If you do not fire all cartridges in the magazine, be sure to put the safety on “SAFE” until you are ready to shoot again.

  • WARNING: Because of its self-loading action, if the bolt of your rifle is completely closed, you must assume that it is cocked and loaded.

How to Unload

  • WARNING: Before you unload, be sure your rifle is on SAFE and pointed in a safe direction, and that your fingers are away from the muzzle and the trigger.

Be sure the inner magazine tube is locked in place. Cycle the action repeatedly by pulling the charging handle all the way back and letting it snap forward (See J).


Repeat this action until the ejection of cartridges ceases. When the last cartridge has been ejected, the automatic bolt holdopen will engage (See C).

Any mechanical device can fail, so ALWAYS CHECK THE CHAMBER AND FEEDTHROAT VISUALLY TO BE SURE NO CARTRIDGES REMAIN. The orange magazine follower is visible in the feedthroat when the magazine is empty.

What to do if your Rifle Fails to Fire

  1. Misfire. If you have squeezed the trigger and nothing happens, remain in shooting position, pointing the gun in a safe direction. Count to 10, then unload the rifle completely (See “How to Unload”). 
  2. Underpowered shot. A “squib” or underpowered shot, should not occur if the ammunition is clean, dry, and factory loaded. You can tell if a shot is underpowered by the unusually low sound it makes.
  • WARNING: Because the bullet may actually still be in the barrel, you must unload completely, and determine, with a cleaning rod, if there is an obstruction. If there is, it should be removed by a qualified gunsmith. Otherwise, personal injury or damage could result.


Your rifle has been sighted-in and testfired at the factory. Due to individual shooting characteristics, however, sighting should be range verified.

  1. Vertical Correction (Elevation)
    To raise the point of impact, raise the rear sight, by moving the sight elevator rearward. To lower the point of impact, lower the rear sight, by moving the sight elevator forward. The sight can be raised and lowered by moving the stepped elevator forward and back with your thumb.
  2. Horizontal Correction (Windage)
    To move the point of impact to the left, tapthe rear sight base to the left. To move the point of impact to the right, tap the rear sight base to the right.
    Windage adjustments to the rear sight can be made by gently tapping the dovetail portion of the rear sight in the desired direction.

Scope Mounting

Your rifle has a grooved receiver designed to handle tip-off-type 22 scope bases. They are made by Tasco, Weaver, and others, and are available through your local gun dealer. You may also order directly from Marlin Gun Service. Call 1-800-544-8892 for more information.

How to Clean Your Rifle

  • WARNING: Never attempt to wipe down or clean a loaded firearm. Follow instructions under “How to Unload” before cleaning. 

Caution: Before using any solvent or other gun cleaning product, read the label carefully to be sure it will not damage either the finish, or any parts of this firearm.
NOTE for stainless steel models: Although stainless steel is corrosion-resistant, it can rust. If the rifle gets wet, dirty, or is subject to excessive handling, wipe down metal parts with oil or a rust-inhibitor.

Minor scratches can be “buffed out” of stainless steel with a “Scotch-BriteTM Very Fine” pad, available in hardware and automotive supply stores.

Cleaning the Bore

Since modern ammunition burns very cleanly, with normal use it is not necessary to clean the bore of your rifle. However, if it gets wet, or if any foreign material gets into the action or barrel, cleaning as described below is recommended. 

With the safety on SAFE, visually check the chamber and feedthroat to be sure no cartridges remain in the rifle. The orange magazine follower should appear in the feedthroat. Next, pull the charging handle all the way back and lock in the manual hold-open position.

To clean the bore and barrel, use any standard .22 caliber commercial cleaning rod and cleaning patches. Clean the barrel with powder solvent and wipe lightly with gun oil after cleaning.

Cleaning the Action

We recommend that you wear safety glasses while disassembling this rifle. We recommend cleaning the inside of the receiver, bolt face, extractors, and butt end of the barrel (around the chamber) after firing each 250 rounds. (Frequency of cleaning may depend on brand of ammunition used.) A toothbrush and commercial gun cleaning solvent will simplify the job. (Be sure to follow manufacturer of gun cleaner's directions, as some chemicals may damage the synthetic trigger guard.)

The steps listed below should be followed carefully to assure proper disassembly, cleaning and reassembly. 

Step #1 — With the safety on SAFE and the inner magazine tube locked in place, unload the gun and visually check to be doubly sure no cartridges remain. Then close the action completely.

Step #2 — The inner magazine tube should be removed in accordance with the procedure described under “How to Load”.

Step #3 — Unscrew takedown screws A and B as shown in K. Separate the rifle into two segments, the first consisting of the stock and trigger assembly, the second consisting of the barrel and action. 


Release assembly post by squeezing and pushing in slotted end. Pull post free of action (See L). Remove action by sliding it to the rear and up (See M).


Step #4 — With the action removed, the bolt, charging handle, recoil spring and spring guide may now be removed. 

  • WARNING: Recoil spring is compressed at this point and, if not handled properly, can fly from the receiver.

Pull the charging handle back slightly and, with the forefinger of your other hand, lift the muzzle end of the bolt from the receiver (See N).


As you begin to lift the bolt out, the charging handle will become free and can be removed. The recoil spring and spring guide are now within easy reach for removal (See O).


Step #5 — The barrel, receiver and action are now ready for thorough cleaning. The action should be cleaned in solvent, dried, and oiled sparingly prior to reassembly.

Further disassembly of the action is not recommended and should only be attempted by a qualified gunsmith or the factory. 

Step #6 — (Reassembly is easier if gun is secured in a padded vise, or held by an assistant.) To reassemble, place recoil spring guide into one end of recoil spring, then place opposite end of spring into breech bolt. Next, put recoil spring guide into hole at the rear of the receiver. To prevent kinking the spring, hold breech bolt and recoil spring in one hand and use the other hand to support the spring as shown in P, while compressing spring until guide enters breech bolt.

Step #7 — The charging handle can now be positioned through the ejection port. To complete the insertion of the breech bolt, be sure the charging handle fits into the slot provided for it in the bolt. 

Reinstall the action by pulling the charging handle all the way back and locking it in the open position, and reversing the action disassembly procedure (See Q).


When reassembling the barreled action and stock, be sure the receiver is seated as far back in the stock as it will go while tightening the takedown screw. Otherwise, the rifle may not fire. 

Use a very thin coat of light oil during below freezing conditions. Condensation droplets will form soon after the rifle is brought into a warm room, or it may become wet during inclement weather. In any case, all moisture  should be removed. Exterior metal finishes may be wiped down with a lightly oiled cloth. For long term storage, lightly oil the bore, barrel and action with gun oil. Your gun should be completely unloaded and stored in a dry area with the action open. Never store your gun in a carrying case.

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