lightning blr & lightweight `81 blr lever action rifles

lightning blr & lightweight `81 blr lever action rifles
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LIGHTNING BLR &
LIGHTWEIGHT ‘81 BLR
LEVER ACTION RIFLES
O W N E R ’ S
M A N U A L
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SERVICE OR REPAIR
If your firearm should require service or repairs, we suggest you
first contact a local recommended Browning Firearms Service
Center. Contact your Browning sporting goods dealer or call our
Service Department for the address of the Service Center nearest
you. Otherwise, you may send your firearm directly to our own
Service Department. For technical questions about your firearm or
service, contact:
Browning Service Department
One Browning Place
Arnold, Missouri 63010-9406
Phone 1-800-322-4626
Canadian Customers call or write:
Browning Canada Sports Ltd./Ltee,
5583 Chemin St-François
St-Laurent, Quebec H4S 1W6
Phone: (514) 333-7261
When returning your firearm for servicing, you must do the
following:
1. Be sure it is completely unloaded.
2. Package it securely in a cardboard container.
3. Enclose a letter with your firearm that clearly describes the
trouble experienced and the repairs desired.
4. If convenient, send a copy of the letter to us separately.
5. Never return ammunition with your firearm. It is against postal
and most commerce regulations.
If you have any questions about this manual or about any other
Browning products, call or write our Consumer Information
Department:
Browning Consumer Information
One Browning Place
Morgan Utah 84050
Phone: (801) 876-2711
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THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING A BROWNING
BLR LEVER ACTION RIFLE.
The Lightning BLR and Lightweight ‘81 BLR utilize the most
modern design of any lever action rifle, with an advanced
rack-and-pinion lever system and strong rotary bolt locking
design. And with its detachable box magazine, you can safely
shoot ballistically superior pointed bullets. The Lightning BLR
and Lightweight ‘81 BLR incorporate Browning’s traditional
quality and craftsmanship, coupled with the finest materials and
modern manufacturing methods.
With a reasonable amount of care, your Lightning BLR or
Lightweight ‘81 BLR should give you many years of dependable,
enjoyable service. Please feel free to write us immediately if you
have any observations regarding its performance and operation.
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YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR
FIREARMS SAFETY
As a gun owner, you accept a set of responsibilities of the most
demanding nature. How seriously you carry out these responsibilities
can mean the difference between life and death.
There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of any firearm. At
all times handle this rifle with intense respect for its power and
potential danger.
READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE CAUTIONS, PROPER HANDLING
PROCEDURES AND INSTRUCTIONS OUTLINED IN THIS BOOKLET BEFORE
USING YOUR NEW FIREARM.
1 ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF YOUR RIFLE POINTED IN A SAFE
DIRECTION. Do this even though you are certain the gun is unloaded.
Never point any firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot. Be
extremely alert and aware of all persons and property within the
range of your ammunition.
2 THIS RIFLE’S HALF-COCK NOTCH IS SIMPLY A HAMMER POSITION 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. You should
never trust the half-cock hammer position to function as a safety. An
excessive, abusive pull on the trigger could still cause the hammer to
fall. Also, while the half-cock notch may frequently catch a hammer
that slips from your thumb while cocking the rifle (provided the
trigger is not depressed), the half-cock notch is NOT a safety and
should not be relied upon to always catch the hammer. No guarantee
can be made that the half-cock notch will prevent the hammer from
striking the firing pin.
When the hammer is in the full cocked position, the inertia firing pin
is positioned to the rear until it is struck by a forcible blow from the
forward motion of the hammer.
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3 THE FOLDED-HAMMER POSITION OF THE HAMMER IS ONLY AN EXTRA
MEASURE OF SAFETY. It is designed to put your rifle in a SAFER
status. However, like any mechanical device, it can sometimes be
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jarred or unintentionally manipulated into an unsafe condition.
Safe gun handling does not stop with the folded hammer position of
your rifle. This is an aid to safe gun handling and is no excuse for
pointing the muzzle in an unsafe direction.
ALWAYS TREAT YOUR RIFLE AS THOUGH IT WERE LOADED AND READY
TO FIRE.
4 ALWAYS KEEP YOUR LIGHTNING BLR OR LIGHTWEIGHT ‘81 BLR IN THE
FOLDED HAMMER POSITION AND YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER,
EVEN IF YOU ARE CERTAIN THE RIFLE IS UNLOADED. Chamber a round
only when preparing for a situation where shooting is imminent.
When you place a round in the chamber, immediately make sure
the hammer is in the half-cock position with the tip of the hammer
folded forward. The preferred carrying and storage status for the
Lightning BLR and Lightweight ‘81 BLR is with the chamber empty
and with the hammer in the half-cock position and with the tip of
the hammer folded forward.
5 WHENEVER YOU HANDLE A FIREARM, OR HAND IT TO SOMEONE,
ALWAYS OPEN THE ACTION IMMEDIATELY, VISUALLY CHECK YOUR
FIREARM’S CHAMBER, FEED MECHANISM AND MAGAZINE. Make
certain that they do not inadvertently contain any ammunition.
Always keep the chamber empty and the hammer in the half-cock
position with the hammer folded forward unless shooting is
imminent.
WARNING: WHEN YOU ENGAGE THE FOLD-DOWN HAMMER, KEEP YOUR
FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER.
6 DO NOT TRANSPORT YOUR FIREARM LOADED, WHETHER IN A
SCABBARD, GUN CASE, OR OTHER CONTAINER.
7 HUNTING FROM ELEVATED SURFACES SUCH AS TREE STANDS IS
DANGEROUS. Doing so may increase the risk of mishandling a
firearm. You, and those you hunt with, should be sure to observe the
following rules: always make certain that the stand being used is safe
and stable; always make certain that your firearm is unloaded when it
is being taken up and down from the stand; always make certain that
your firearm is not dropped from the stand, or dropped while it is
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being taken up or down from the stand. Remember, even with the
hammer in the half-cock position and the hammer folded forward, a
loaded firearm may discharge when dropped.
8 BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUCTIONS. Do this for the safety of both
your gun and yourself. Mud, snow, and an infinite variety of other
objects may lodge in a barrel bore. It takes only one small obstruction
to cause dangerously increased pressures that can ruin (swell or
rupture) the finest barrel.
BEFORE CHECKING FOR A BARREL OBSTRUCTION, LOWER THE LEVER TO
OPEN THE ACTION. THEN, CHECK THAT NO LIVE ROUND IS IN THE
CHAMBER AND THAT THE MAGAZINE AND FEED MECHANISMS ARE
COMPLETELY EMPTY.
After assuring yourself that the firearm is completely empty, and with
the action open, look through the barrel to be sure it is clear of any
obstruction. If an obstruction is seen, no matter how small it may be,
clean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch as described in
“Cleaning Suggestions” later in this manual.
Before the first firing, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch,
and wipe away any anti-rust compounds in the action/chamber areas.
9 ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR FIREARM WHEN NOT IN USE.
Your responsibilities do not end when your firearm is
unattended. Store your gun and ammunition separately — well
beyond the reach of children. Take all precautions to ensure that
your gun does not get into untrained, inexperienced or
unwelcomed hands.
10 USE THE PROPER AMMUNITION. The Browning Lightning BLR and
Lightweight ‘81 BLR are available in many different calibers. It is
important to use the correct ammunition for your particular rifle.
The proper caliber for your rifle is inscribed on the right side of
the barrel.
You can safely shoot ballistically superior pointed bullets, since the
Lightning BLR and Lightweight ‘81 BLR have a box magazine and
not a tubular one.
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The barrel and action of this rifle have been made with substantial
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safety margins over the pressures developed by established American
commercial loads. However, Browning assumes no liability for
accidents which occur through the use of cartridges that have
nonstandard dimensions or that develop pressures in excess of
the commercially available ammunition that has been loaded in
accordance with industry standards established by SAAMI
(Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute).
BE ALERT TO THE SIGNS OF AMMUNITION MALFUNCTION.
If you detect an off sound or light recoil when a cartridge is fired,
fully unload your firearm’s chamber, feed mechanism, and magazine.
With the action open, glance down the barrel to make sure that an
obstruction does not remain in the barrel. Completely clear the barrel
before loading and firing again.
11 MAKE SURE OF ADEQUATE VENTILATION IN THE AREA THAT YOU
DISCHARGE A FIREARM. WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER EXPOSURE
TO AMMUNITION OR CLEANING A FIREARM. Lead exposure can be
obtained from discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas,
cleaning firearms or handling ammunition. Lead is a substance that
has been known to cause birth defects, reproductive harm and other
serious injury.
12 DO NOT SNAP THE FIRING PIN ON AN EMPTY CHAMBER —
THE CHAMBER MAY NOT BE EMPTY! Treat every gun with the respect
you give a loaded gun, even when you are certain the gun is unloaded.
13 KEEP YOUR FINGERS AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER WHILE LOADING AND
UNLOADING, UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.
14 AVOID UNORTHODOX AIMING STANCES. When a round is cycled, the
rear end of the bolt could strike a shooter in the face and cause
injury, with your head placed too far forward on the stock. Conform
to standard shooting styles.
15 BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND BACKSTOP. Particularly when there’s
not much light and visibility is poor. Know the range of your
ammunition. Never shoot at water or hard objects.
16 ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR FIREARM’S CHAMBER BEFORE CROSSING
A FENCE, CLIMBING A TREE, JUMPING A DITCH OR NEGOTIATING
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OTHER OBSTACLES. Refer to page 13 of this instruction booklet for
instructions on unloading your firearm. Never place any firearm on
or against a fence, tree, car, or other similar objects.
17 WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING. Unprotected,
repeated exposure to the sound of gunfire can cause hearing damage.
Wear ear protectors (shooting ear plugs or muffs) to guard against
such damage. Wear shooting glasses to protect your eyes from flying
particles. Allow proper distance (eye relief) between the scope and
your eye when firing a scoped firearm. Always keep a safe distance
between the muzzle of your firearm and any persons nearby, as
muzzle blast, debris and ejecting shells could inflict serious injury.
Also, wear eye protection when disassembling and cleaning your gun
to keep springs, spring-tensioned parts, solvents or other agents from
coming in contact with your eyes.
18 DROPPING A LOADED GUN CAN CAUSE IT TO ACCIDENTALLY
DISCHARGE. This can occur even with the hammer in the half-cock
position with the hammer folded forward.
19 IF YOUR FIREARM FAILS TO FIRE, KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A
SAFE DIRECTION. Hold this position for a minimum of 30 seconds.
Carefully open the action and remove the cartridge. If the primer is
indented, the cartridge should be disposed of in a way that cannot
cause harm. If the primer is not indented, your firearm should be
examined by a qualified gunsmith and the cause of the malfunction
should be corrected before further use.
20 BE DEFENSIVE AND ON GUARD AGAINST UNSAFE GUN HANDLING
AROUND YOU AND AROUND OTHERS. Don’t be timid when it comes to
gun safety. If you observe other shooters violating any of these safety
precautions, politely suggest safer handling practices.
21 BE CERTAIN YOUR FIREARM IS UNLOADED BEFORE CLEANING. Because
so many gun accidents occur when a firearm is being cleaned, special
and extreme care should be taken to be sure your gun is completely
unloaded before disassembly, cleaning and reassembly. Keep
ammunition away from the cleaning location. Never test the
mechanical function of any firearm with live ammunition.
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22 EDUCATE AND SUPERVISE FIREARMS SAFETY TO ALL MEMBERS OF
YOUR FAMILY — ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN AND NONSHOOTERS.
Closely supervise newcomers to the shooting sports. Encourage
enrollment in hunting/shooting safety courses.
23 NEVER DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR TAKE ANY TYPE OF DRUGS
BEFORE OR DURING SHOOTING. Your vision and judgment could be
dangerously impaired, making your gun handling unsafe for you and
for others.
24 READ AND HEED ALL WARNINGS, in this instruction book, on
ammunition boxes and with all accessories that you install on
your firearm. It is your responsibility to secure the most up-to-date
information on the safe handling procedures of your Browning
firearm. Browning assumes no liability for incidents which occur
when unsafe or improper gun accessories or ammunition
combinations are used.
25 PERIODIC MAINTENANCE — AVOID UNAUTHORIZED SERVICING. Your
gun is a mechanical device which will not last forever, and as such,
is subject to wear and requires periodic inspection, adjustment, and
service. Browning firearms should be serviced by a Browning
Recommended Service Center or by Browning’s service facility in
Arnold, Missouri. Browning cannot assume any responsibility for
injuries suffered because of unauthorized servicing, alterations or
modifications of Browning firearms.
26 BROWNING RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE ON FIREARMS
THAT HAVE BEEN ALTERED, ADDED TO OR SUBSTANTIALLY CHANGED.
Removal of metal from barrel(s), or modifications of the firing
mechanism and/or operating parts may lead to Browning’s refusal
of service on such firearms. Browning will charge the owner for parts
and labor to return the firearm to original Browning specifications.
DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ALTER THE TRIGGER OR
PARTS OF THE FIRING MECHANISM OF THIS OR ANY OTHER FIREARM.
FAILURE TO OBEY THIS WARNING MAY RESULT IN INJURY OR DEATH
TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS.
BE CAREFUL!
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FIGURE 1
Butt
Stock
Safety
Rib
Operating Handle
Barrel
Muzzle
Forearm
Receiver
Trigger
Magazine Cap
Carrier Release Button
B R O W N I N G N O M E N C L AT U R E
In conventional gun terminology the position and movement of gun
parts are described as they occur with the gun horizontal and in
normal firing position. The muzzle is forward or front, the butt stock
is rearward or rear, the trigger is downward or underneath, and the
sights are upward or on top. When the lever is closed or parallel to the
stock grip the bolt is “closed” or “locked”; when the lever is down the
bolt is “open” or “unlocked.”
For general nomenclature, refer to Figure 1.
SERIAL NUMBER
The serial number of your rifle can be found on the right side of the
receiver, toward the rear.
INITIAL CLEANING
BEFORE THE FIRST FIRING, CLEAN THE ANTI-RUST COMPOUND,
from the barrel and the inside of the receiver with a clean rag (as
much as is possible without disassembling the receiver). Use a light
gun oil such as Browning Oil. See “Cleaning Suggestions” on page 15.
CARTRIDGE CAPACITY
SHORT ACTION CALIBERS —
One (1) in the chamber, four (4) in the magazine. Except, 284 Win.,
300 WSM, 270 WSM and 7mm WSM each of which holds three (3) in
the magazine and 223 Rem. which holds five (5) in the magazine
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LONG ACTION , STANDARD CALIBERS —
One (1) in the chamber, four (4) in the magazine.
LONG ACTION, MAGNUM CALIBERS —
One (1) in the chamber, three (3) in the magazine.
O P E R AT I O N O F T H E H A M M E R
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.
FIGURE 2
Folding Hammer Feature
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
FIGURE 3
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
Full Cock Position
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your finger off the trigger while cocking
the hammer.
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FIGURE 4
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
Half-Cock Position
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
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Lowering the Hammer
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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
FIGURE 6
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.
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. Folding-hammer feature rotates
forward for additional safety.
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.
FIGURE 7
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
Dropped or Fired Position
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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.
G E N E R A L O P E R AT I N G P R O C E D U R E S
LOADING —
THROUGHOUT THE LOADING PROCESS MAKE
CERTAIN THE RIFLE IS POINTED IN A SAFE
DIRECTION.
FIGURE 8
1 Be sure that the chamber is empty and
the hammer is lowered to the half-cock
position with the hammer folded forward.
2 Detach the magazine by pulling down on
the magazine release button with the
index finger (Figure 8). The magazine will
slide easily from its recess.
Pull down to release magazine
3 To load the MAGAZINE:
Cartridges are loaded by pressing them downward until they are
retained by the rim of the magazine. Insert cartridges into the
detachable box magazine. The correct caliber is inscribed on the
right side of the barrel.
4 With the bolt closed and the hammer in the folded-down hammer
position, reinsert the loaded magazine into the rifle. A sharp, metallic
click will indicate that the magazine is fully inserted and engaged
with the magazine latch.
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5 To load a cartridge in the CHAMBER:
With the rifle pointed in a safe direction, a cartridge can be
chambered by cycling the lever. Then, carefully lower the hammer to
the half-cock, fold-down position after chambering the cartridge.
Afterwards, whenever desired, you can quickly and easily thumb
back the hammer to the firing, full-cock position. At full-cock, any
pull on the trigger will allow the hammer to fall and fire the rifle.
For maximum safety, you should never chamber a cartridge until a
shot is imminent.
UNLOADING —
1 Remove the cartridge in the chamber by operating the
lever downward.
2 With the lever still in the down position, remove the magazine from
the rifle.
3 The chamber should then be inspected to make sure all cartridges
have been removed from the rifle.
4 Cartridges in the magazine may be removed by stripping them out
with the thumb.
AMMUNITION
Carefully select your ammunition. Because your Lightning BLR or
Lightweight ‘81 BLR uses a box style magazine and not a tubular
magazine, pointed Spitzer-style bullets can be used.
Again, the Lightning BLR and Lightweight ‘81 BLR are available in
many different calibers. It is important to use the correct ammunition
for your particular rifle. You should check the right side of your barrel
for the caliber of your model.
See section on “Loading” for magazine capacities.
LEVER ACTION FIRING:
1 With a round in the chamber, you need only to thumb the hammer
rearward to its full-cock position to make the rifle ready for firing.
Otherwise, cycling the lever to place a round in the chamber will also
leave the hammer in the full-cock (ready-to-fire) position.
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2 After each shot, cycle the lever with a downward force. Lower the
lever to open the bolt, extract and eject the empty cartridge case. At
the bottom of the stroke, resistance will be felt as the lever raises the
front end of the carrier and aligns the next round with the chamber.
Then, when you raise the lever, the bolt will pick up the next round
from the magazine and push it into the chamber. Be sure you cycle
the lever completely.
3 Because fired cases are ejected to the side, bystanders should not
stand to the side of the shooter.
TRIGGER
The trigger mechanism has been adjusted at the factory to provide a
short, crisp pull. It is recommended that no attempt be made to
change these adjustments by anyone other than a qualified gunsmith
at a local Browning Recommended Firearms Service Center or by
Browning’s Service Facility in Arnold, Missouri.
Note: The Lightning BLR and Lightweight ‘81 BLR incorporate a
trigger mechanism which will not allow the trigger to be pulled until
the lever is fully closed.
SIGHT ADJUSTMENT
HORIZONTAL:
1 To move the point of impact to the right: loosen the coin slotted
screw, located on the right side of the sight by turning in a counterclockwise direction and tighten the screw on the left side by turning
in a clockwise direction (Figure 9). This causes the rear sight to move
to the right.
2 To move the point of impact to the left: simply reverse this procedure.
VERTICAL:
Vertical adjustment of the sight is controlled by the screw located on
top and to the rear of the sight. To raise the point of impact, turn the
screw in a clockwise direction until the sight has been raised the
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FIGURE 9
FIGURE 10
Horizontal Sight Adjustment
Vertical Sight Adjustment
needed amount (Figure 10). To lower the point of impact, turn the
screw counter-clockwise.
CLEANING SUGGESTIONS
BE CERTAIN YOUR GUN’S CHAMBER IS UNLOADED. ALWAYS WEAR
PROTECTIVE SAFETY GLASSES DURING ALL ASSEMBLY, DISASSEMBLY
AND CLEANING PROCEDURES. KEEP AMMUNITION AWAY FROM THE
CLEANING AREA. DO NOT TEST THE FUNCTION OF YOUR FIREARM
WITH LIVE AMMUNITION.
The correct procedure for cleaning your rifle is as follows:
1 Be certain the chamber and magazine are completely unloaded, the
lever is down, and the ejection port is open. Again, to unload your
rifle, eject any live round in the chamber by operating the lever
downward. Remove the magazine and unload it by pushing forward
on the base of each round until it clears the retaining rims.
2 Using a rifle cleaning rod with tip and patch large enough for a snug
fit in the bore, insert rod and patch in barrel and run back and forth
several times. Caution should be exercised to ensure that the cleaning
rod or handle does not strike the crown of the muzzle, as damage to
this area can adversely affect the accuracy of the rifle.
3 Inspect the chamber and bore for powder fouling. A normal amount
of powder residue can be expected and is not serious. Residue can
usually be removed by repeating step 2, using a patch saturated with
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nitro-solvent. If, or when, fouling should become heavy, it can be
removed with a brass bore brush. Dip the brush in nitro-solvent and
scrub the chamber and bore until the fouling is removed. To prevent
brass bristles from breaking off, the brush should be pushed
completely through the bore before being withdrawn.
4 To maintain the utmost accuracy of your rifle it is recommended you
clean the bore with a copper solvent. Modern cartridge jackets are
made mainly of copper and zinc. Residues from copper and zinc stick
to the barrel and require more frequent cleaning. Swab the bore of
your rifle with a good copper solvent using the manufacturer’s
recommended procedure.
5 After fouling has been removed, the bore should be wiped dry. Then,
pass a slightly oiled patch through the bore for preservation. A fine,
light gun oil like Browning Oil is recommended. Make sure there are
no obstructions, cleaning patches, or other obstacles left in the bore.
6 Wipe all exposed metal surfaces with an oiled cloth, making sure to
wipe gun clean of all finger marks. Finger marks should be removed
because they provide a place where moisture can accumulate.
Ordinary good judgement will, of course, indicate that the metal of
the gun should receive a light film of oil any time the gun has been
exposed to adverse weather or handling.
7 The wood surfaces of your rifle can also be wiped lightly with
Browning Oil, or you can apply a quality wood or furniture polish to
the stock and forearm. Using one of these methods (not both), will
enhance the beauty and durability of your rifle.
CLEANING THE MAGAZINE —
Depending on how often you shoot, it is helpful to disassemble the
box magazine for cleaning. You may want to check your magazine for
cleaning after every 50 to 100 rounds. To clean the magazine, remove
the detachable box magazine from the rifle. Slide the magazine
bottom plate out to the rear. The magazine spring and follower can
then be easily removed for inspection. Wipe off any dirt or residue
then apply a very thin coat of oil and wipe clean again. Too much oil
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will only serve to collect oil and dirt. To reassemble, reinsert the spring
and follower, then slide the bottom plate back into position.
FURTHER DISASSEMBLY —
NEVER ATTEMPT TO TAKE YOUR LIGHTNING BLR OR LIGHTWEIGHT ‘81 BLR
APART FURTHER THAN EXPLAINED IN THIS MANUAL.
This is a specialized, finely fitted mechanism. You may permanently
mar it by attempting to disassemble the inner mechanism assemblies.
If further disassembly for service or cleaning is required, take your
gun to a Browning recommended Service Center or a competent
gunsmith, or send it to our Arnold, Missouri Service Facility as
explained under “Service or Repair.”
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You Are Responsible For Firearms Safety
As a gun owner, you accept a set of demanding responsibilities. How seriously you take these
responsibilities can mean the difference between life and death. Failure to follow any of these
instructions can cause extensive damage to your gun and/or possible serious injury or death to
yourself and others. There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of any firearm. At all
times handle any firearm with intense respect for its power and potential danger.
PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE CAUTIONS, PROPER HANDLING PROCEDURES
AND INSTRUCTIONS OUTLINED IN THE OWNER’S MANUAL BEFORE USING YOUR NEW
FIREARM.
1. ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF YOUR RIFLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION, even
though you are certain that the rifle is unloaded. Never point any firearm at anything you
do not intend to shoot. Be extremely alert and aware of all persons and property within
the range of your ammunition.
2. NEVER RELY TOTALLY ON YOUR RIFLE'S MECHANICAL "SAFETY" DEVICE. The word
"safety" describes a gun's trigger block mechanism, sear block mechanism, hammer
block mechanism or firing pin block mechanism. These mechanical devices are designed
to place your gun in a SAFER status. No guarantee can be made that the gun will not fire
even if the "safety" is in the "on safe" position. See "Operations of the Safety" for
instructions on operation of YOUR gun's "safety."
LIKE ANY MECHANICAL DEVICE, A "SAFETY" CAN SOMETIMES FAIL; IT CAN BE
JARRED OR INADVERTENTLY MANIPULATED INTO AN UNSAFE CONDITION.
Mechanical "safeties" merely aid safe gun handling and are no excuse for pointing your
rifle's muzzle in an unsafe direction.
While it is a good idea to "test" your rifle's mechanical "safeties" periodically for proper
function, NEVER TEST IT WHILE YOUR RIFLE IS LOADED OR POINTED IN AN UNSAFE
DIRECTION
Safe gun handling does not stop with your gun's mechanical "safety devices -- it starts
there. Always treat your rifle with the respect due a loaded, ready-to-fire firearm.
3. WHENEVER YOU HANDLE A FIREARM, OR HAND IT TO SOMEONE, ALWAYS OPEN THE
ACTION IMMEDIATELY, VISUALLY CHECK YOUR RIFLE'S CHAMBER, FEED MECHANISM
AND MAGAZINE.
Make certain they do not inadvertently contain any ammunition. Always keep the
chamber empty and "safety" in the "on safe" position unless shooting is imminent.
4. DO NOT TRANSPORT YOUR RIFLE LOADED, WHETHER IN A SCABBARD, GUN CASE, OR
OTHER CONTAINER.
5. HUNTING FROM ELEVATED SURFACES SUCH AS TREE STANDS IS DANGEROUS, and
may increase the risk of handling a firearm. The following rules should always be
observed by you and those you hunt with: Always make certain that the stand being used
is safe and stable. Always make certain that your firearm is unloaded when it is being
taken up to and down from the stand. Always make certain that your firearm is not
dropped from the stand, or dropped while it is being taken up to or down from the stand.
Remember, a loaded firearm may discharge when dropped, even with the safety in the
"on safe" position.
6. BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUCTIONS, for the safety of both your gun and yourself.
Mud, snow, and an infinite variety of other obstructions may inadvertently lodge in a
barrel bore. It takes only one small obstruction to cause dangerously increased pressures
that can ruin (swell or rupture) the finest rifle barrels.
BEFORE CHECKING FOR A BARREL OBSTRUCTION, BE CERTAIN NO LIVE ROUND IS IN
THE CHAMBER AND THAT THE MAGAZINE IS REMOVED AND FEED MECHANISMS ARE
COMPLETELY EMPTY. PLACE THE "SAFETY" IN THE "ON SAFE" POSITION.
Look through the barrel to be sure it is clear of any obstruction. If an obstruction is seen,
no matter how small it may be, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch as described
in "Cleaning and Maintenance Suggestions." Before the first firing, clean the bore
with a cleaning rod and patch, and wipe away any anti-rust compound in the
action/chamber areas.
7. ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR RIFLE WHEN NOT IN USE. REFER TO "UNLOADING THE RIFLE"
FOR AN EXPLANATION OF HOW TO UNLOAD YOUR RIFLE PROPERLY.
As a safety precaution, it is preferable to disassemble your gun for storage. Store your
gun and ammunition separately -- well beyond the reach of children. Take all safeguards
to ensure your rifle does not become available to untrained, inexperienced or unwelcome
hands.
8. USE THE PROPER AMMUNITION.
The barrel and action of this rifle have been made with substantial safety margins over
the pressures developed by established American commercial loads. Nevertheless,
Browning assumes no liability for incidents which occur through the use of cartridges of
nonstandard dimensions which develop pressures in excess of commercially available
ammunition with standards established by the Sporting Arms and Ammunitions
Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI).
BE ALERT TO THE SIGNS OF AMMUNITION MALFUNCTION.
If you detect an off sound or light recoil when a cartridge s fired, DO NOT LOAD
ANOTHER CARTRIDGE INTO THE CHAMBER. Open the action and remove all cartridges
from the magazine, chamber and action areas. With the action open, glance down the
barrel to make sure that an obstruction does not remain in the barrel. If there is an
obstruction, completely clear the barrel before loading and firing again. Failure to follow
these instructions can cause extensive damage to your gun and possible serious injury to
yourself and others.
MAKE SURE OF ADEQUATE VENTILATION IN THE AREA THAT YOU DISCHARGE A
FIREARM. WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER EXPOSURE TO AMMUNITION OR
CLEANING A FIREARM.
Lead exposure can be obtained from discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas,
cleaning firearms or handling ammunition. Lead is a substance that has been known to
cause birth defects, reproductive harm and other serious injury.
9. DO NOT SNAP THE FIRING PIN ON AN EMPTY CHAMBER -- THE CHAMBER MAY NOT BE
EMPTY!
Treat every gun with the respect due a loaded gun, even though you are certain the gun is
unloaded.
10. KEEP FINGERS AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER WHILE UNLOADING, LOADING, UNTIL YOU
ARE READY TO SHOOT.
11. BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND BACKSTOP.
Particularly during low light periods. Know the range of your ammunition. Never shoot
at water or hard object.
12. ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR RIFLE'S CHAMBER BEFORE CROSSING A FENCE, CLIMBING A
TREE, JUMPING A DITCH OR NEGOTIATING OTHER OBSTACLES.
Refer to "Unloading The Rifle" for instructions on the unloading of your rifle. Never
place your loaded rifle on or against a fence, tree, car or other similar object.
13. WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING.
Unprotected, repeated exposure to gunfire can cause hearing damage. Wear ear protectors
(shooting ear plugs or muffs) to guard against such damage. Wear shooting glasses to
protect your eyes from flying particles. Allow proper distance (eye relief) between the
scope and your eye when firing a scoped rifle or shotgun. Always keep a safe distance
between the muzzle of your firearm and any persons nearby, as muzzle blast, debris and
ejecting shells could inflict serious injury. Also, wear eye protection when disassembling
and cleaning your shotgun to prevent the possibility of springs, spring-tensioned parts,
solvent or other agents from contacting your eyes.
14. DROPPING A LOADED GUN CAN CAUSE AN ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE even with the
"safety" in the "on safe" position. Be extremely careful while hunting or during any
shooting activity, to avoid dropping any firearm.
15. IF YOUR RIFLE FAILS TO FIRE, KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
Hold this position for a minimum of 30 seconds. Carefully open the action and remove
the cartridge. If the primer is indented, the cartridge should be disposed of in a way that
cannot cause harm. If the primer is not indented, your firearm should be examined by a
qualified gunsmith and the cause of the malfunction should be corrected before further
use.
16. BE DEFENSIVE AND ON GUARD AGAINST UNSAFE GUN HANDLING AROUND YOU AND
OTHERS.
Don't be timid when it comes to gun safety. If you observe other shooters violating any of
these safety precautions, politely suggest safer handling practices.
17. BE CERTAIN YOUR RIFLE IS UNLOADED BEFORE CLEANING. Because so many gun
accidents occur when a firearm is being cleaned, special and extreme care should be
taken to be sure your gun is unloaded before disassembly, cleaning and reassembly. Keep
ammunition away from the cleaning location. Never test the mechanical function of any
firearm with live ammunition.
18. TEACH AND SUPERVISE FIREARMS SAFETY TO ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY -ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN AND NONSHOOTERS.
Closely supervise newcomers to the shooting sports. Encourage enrolling in
hunting/shooting safety courses.
19. NEVER DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR TAKE ANY TYPE OF DRUGS BEFORE OR
DURING SHOOTING.
Your vision and judgment could be dangerously impaired, making your gun handling
unsafe to you and to others.
20. READ AND HEED ALL WARNINGS in this instruction book, on ammunition boxes and
with all accessories that you install on your firearm. It is your responsibility to secure the
most up-to-date information on the safe handling procedures of your Browning gun.
Browning assumes no liability for incidents which occur when unsafe or improper gun
accessories or ammunition combinations are used.
21. PERIODIC MAINTENANCE -- AVOID UNAUTHORIZED SERVICING.
Your rifle is a mechanical device which will not last forever, and as such, is subject to
wear and requires periodic inspection, adjustment and service. Browning firearms should
be serviced by a Browning Recommended Service Center or by Browning's service
facility in Arnold, Missouri. Browning cannot assume any responsibility for injuries
suffered or caused by unauthorized servicing, alterations or modifications of Browning
firearms.
22. BROWNING RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE ON FIREARMS THAT HAVE
BEEN ALTERED, ADDED TO OR SUBSTANTIALLY CHANGED.
Removal of metal from barrel(s), or modification of the firing mechanism and/or
operating parts may lead to Browning's refusal of service on such firearms. Browning
will charge the owner parts and labor to return the firearm to original Browning
specifications.
DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ALTER THE TRIGGER, SAFETY OR PARTS OF
THE FIRING MECHANISM OF THIS OR ANY OTHER FIREARM. FAILURE TO OBEY THIS
WARNING MAY RESULT IN INJURY OR DEATH TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS.
BE CAREFUL!
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