Operation Of The Hammer

Like most lever action rifles with exposed hammers, the Lightning BLR and Lightweight '81 BLR do not have a separate manual safety.

However, the Lightning BLR and Lightweight '81 BLR have the folding hammer feature (Figure 2) which provides an added measure of safety when the hammer is at half-cock. The exposed hammer itself can be an excellent indicator of the safety status of the rifle.

The Lightning BLR and Lightweight '81 BLR folding hammer has four basic positions: the full-cock, the half-cock, the folded hammer position, and the dropped or fired position. An explanation of each position follows.

FULL COCK POSITION —

The hammer is all the way to the rear (Figure 3). At this point, any pull or any force on the trigger could allow the hammer to fall and fire the rifle.

There are two ways by which the hammer can be placed in this position. First, every time the lever is cycled, the rearward movement of the bolt will cock the hammer to this position. Second, the hammer may also be manually placed at full-cock by pulling it rearward with the thumb until it engages the full-cock notch. Be sure to keep

FIGURE 2

FIGURE 2

Folding Hammer Feature

FIGURE 3

FIGURE 3

Full Cock Position
Half-Cock Position

your finger off the trigger while cocking FIGURE 4

the hammer.

HALF-COCK POSITION —

This rifle's half-cock notch is simply a hammer position (Figure 4) that may catch a hammer that slips from your thumb while cocking (providing the trigger is not depressed). It should not be taken as an assurance it will be caught ALL the time. No guarantee can be made that the half-cock notch will prevent the hammer from striking the firing pin. (Refer Safety Warning Number 2.)

MOVING FROM FULL-COCK TO HALF-COCK —

In order to move the hammer from full-cock to half-cock position, you must first place your thumb on the hammer to restrict its forward movement. The trigger is then depressed to release the hammer from the full-cock notch.

AS SOON AS INITIAL FORWARD TRAVEL OF THE HAMMER HAS MOVED PAST THE FULL-COCK POSITION, IMMEDIATELY REMOVE YOUR FINGER FROM THE TRIGGER. BE CAREFUL: IF THE TRIGGER REMAINS DEPRESSED, THE HALF-COCK NOTCH WILL NOT CATCH THE HAMMER SHOULD IT ACCIDENTALLY SLIP DURING THIS OPERATION. THE HAMMER WOULD CONTINUE PAST THE HALF-COCK POSITION TO THE DROPPED OR FIRED POSITION AND THE FIGURE 5 GUN COULD DISCHARGE.

PRACTICE LOWERING THE HAMMER —

A wise practice to follow is to place the thumb extended over the hammer with the point of the thumb just over the "V" between the hammer and the firing pin so that it can act as a cushion against accidental hammer fall, and at the same time, ease the hammer into the half-cock L<>weriiig the famm»

notch (Figure 5). When a scope is mounted on the rifle, it is necessary to insert the point of the thumb more from the side. A little practice with an empty rifle will enable a person to become adept at using the thumb in either manner.

If a cartridge has been chambered in anticipation of an imminent shot, the hammer should be carefully lowered to the half-cock position and the folding hammer rotated forward. Remember, when a shot is no longer imminent, unload the chamber of your rifle by operating the lever downward. With the lever still in the downward position, remove the magazine from the rifle, inspect the chamber to make sure all cartridges have been removed from the rifle. Return the lever to the closed position, re-insert the magazine and return the hammer to the half cock, folded down position.

FIGURE 6

FIGURE 6

Folding-hammer feature rotates forward for additional safety.

FOLDED HAMMER POSITION —

An additional feature on the Lightning BLR and Lightweight '81 BLR, the folding hammer feature (Figure 6) further protects against accidental discharge of your firearm. This fold-down position removes the possibility of the hammer coming in contact with the firing pin if the hammer is accidentally struck.

NOTE: THE HAMMER IN THE HALF-COCK POSITION WITH THE HAMMER FOLDED FORWARD IS MERELY AN AID TO SAFE HANDLING OF YOUR RIFLE. ALWAYS HANDLE YOUR RIFLE AS THOUGH IT WERE LOADED.

ENGAGING THE FOLDING HAMMER —

In the half-cock position, the upper portion of the hammer can be rotated forward with the thumb, to position the hammer against the rear of the bolt, without coming in contact with the rear of the firing pin. This

Folding-hammer feature rotates forward for additional safety.

FIGURE 7

FIGURE 7

Dropped or Fired Position

fold-down feature puts the hammer in a safer position, but this position should not be considered a safety.

DROPPED OR FIRED POSITION —

This is the position of the hammer after a round is fired. However, it is not a recommended carrying position (Figure 7).

PREFERRED CARRYING POSITION —

For maximum safety, you should never chamber a cartridge until a shot is imminent. The half-cock position with the hammer folded forward is the recommended position of the hammer during handling and storage.

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