Hi! I'm new here and did a search but haven't turned up anything to help with my problem. I've got an old (1958) Marlin model 81 .22 S/L/LR manufactured for Sears with the J.C. Higgins brand. It was my first rifle, bought for me by my dad. Anyway, I pulled it out the other day to fire it after it had been unused for a few years, and it won't fire.
There's no indentation on .22LR bullet rims, which tells me there's a firing pin problem. But since the rifle fired previously, I'm trying to figure out what could be wrong.
Anyone got any suggestions or ideas? I sure would appreciate any help. This little bolt action rifle was always dead-on accurate, so I'd really like to get it firing again.
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Well, in order of diminishing likelihood-
Firing pin spring broke- no "click"
firing pin is seized due to rust/crud/peanut butter
Firing pin broke
Sear is not catching striker when bolt is closed, allowing striker to "ride down" as bolt closes. No "click" when trigger is pulled. May be due to broken spring, worn parts, or rust/crud/peanut butter.
Aliens stole your rifle, and replaced it with a life form that imitates the shape of your rifle. One night it will eat your dog, pee on the rug, and reprogram your VCR. Then leave.