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Problem With Marlin 922m Not Firing

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by PCCUSNRET, Sep 3, 2013.


    PCCUSNRET Participating Member

    May 4, 2009
    I have a Marlin 922m that has less than 50 rounds through it that is failing to fire. The first 21 rounds fired just fine, then after the 3rd round in the 4th mag the trigger locked up and wouldn't fire. I noticed the front of the magazine appears to have the bluing worn off where the shell might be hitting it but other than that I can't see any damage to the magazine. Anyway after fiddling with it for a few minutes I found if I take my hand and pull back on the magazine the gun fires. I tried a second mag and same problem. I know without seeing this gun it would be hard to diagnose the problem but hoping someone may have experienced this problem with one of these guns and could recommend a fix. Thanks!
  2. red caddy

    red caddy New Member

    Aug 16, 2010
    I have a 922-m,(22 mag) that I bought used, after a time it showed the same symptoms as yours. The problem I found was related to the magazine cut out/safety. (The rifle will not fire without the magazine properly inserted and the blocking lever in the proper position)

    remove the barreled action from the stock, look for dust/dirt/rust around the magazine well and ensure the magazine safety interlock is moving freely and returning properly.

    This link will walk you thru a DCOA.


    Note: it shows a Marlin camp 9, but all the parts are in the same arrangement. Inspect the recoil buffer carefully, if it is hard, brittle,cloudy or cracked, start looking for a replacement and a few spares. The ones availible from Marlin only seem to last 2-300 rounds for me, I'm currently evaluating a fiber inserted rubber sheet replacement.

    The magazine interlock can be removed, the trigger pull reduced and improved, BUT this is NOT a job for the average owner/shooter or kitchen table gun smith. Consult an experienced professional before you attempt to dissemble this piece. Good luck,

  3. Scooter22

    Scooter22 Active Member

    Apr 2, 2012
    Central NY, not the rotten apple
    Yup. Sounds like the mag interlock needs a cleaning. Numrich(Gun Parts corp.) makes a replacement buffer for Marlin semis. It's made of a black rubbery plastic similar to work boot heels. Should last alot longer than the brittle nylon factory ones.

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