Marlin Model 60 Plastic trigger gaurd section.


Old School
July 4, 2008, 05:55 PM
I took apart my Marlin Model 60 .22 rifle today for a thorough cleaning. I was quite surprise to find that the trigger gaurd and trigger assembly were some type of plastic composite. Now, to be honest, I had not noticed this during use at all. In fact, I sold my old remington .22 auto because this one was so much more accurate and a bit more reliable. Nonetheless, I was not to thrilled to see it.

I will admit, this is a funny reaction coming from a guy that owns two plastic pistols. Anybody ever had a problem with their model 60 trigger gaurd/trigger assembly?

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July 4, 2008, 06:05 PM
Never had a problem with my model 60, and neither did my dad when he owned it (that he ever mentioned at least).I too was surprised to find out it was plastic when I took it apart for a super thurough cleaning, for the 1st time a few months ago.Cant complain though,as it seems to work, because an aweful lot of people own model 60's, and many have had them a long time, and put a lot of rounds through them, and I have not only ever heard any complaints, when talk of semi-auto .22's comes up, you'll see a lot of recommendations for th model 60.

July 4, 2008, 06:09 PM
Seems a lot of guns are going this route. Not aware of any problems and it may even be an improvement as far as durability is concerned.

July 4, 2008, 06:44 PM
Never a problem with my Marlin 60. Yeah we all cringe a little when we see plastic in our guns but the fact of the matter is that if it works, it works.

July 4, 2008, 09:06 PM
Plastic can be very strong. Modern polymers can be excellent materials, that resist bending or cracking, and don't corrode.

The 60 trigger guard is probably a good use of modern plastic. I like my 60, also -- sold a 10/22 and I really prefer the 60 as a shooter.

That said, it's not a collector gun, it's a shooter. Go shoot it!:)

July 4, 2008, 10:22 PM
I have a marlin 7000 which has a plastic trigger guard. It cracked at the mag well from taking it on and off for cleaning. It looks to be a cheap polymer not like my glock or ruger pistol. Mark

July 5, 2008, 04:27 AM
almost, or all the mod 60 variants has plastic trigger guards, you would have to get a early mod 99 to avoid that. Be careful you do not overthighten the rear screw on it, 'lest it crack...

July 9, 2008, 03:22 AM
use caution with your cleaners and you will be OK. Break Free's "Power Blast" will eat a 60's trigger.............I found out the hard way:eek:

July 9, 2008, 05:05 AM
Good point orvpark. good job bringing that up. There most certainly are some gun solvents out there that eat plastic quick, and in a Marling 60, it wont just lead to a cosmetic problem like on most guns where the functional parts are metal, and just the "finish" or "trim" parts, like trigger guards are polymer.Look for the ones one marked safe for polymer if in doubt. A melted trigger group would not help your Marlin's reliablity very much.:D

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