Read detailed instructions about loading, unloading, and other operation of your Model 597 firearm.
WARNING! Model 597™ autoloading rimfire rifles are manufactured in a variety of popular rimfire calibers. The specific caliber of rimfire ammunition suitable for use in your rifle is marked on the barrel of your rifle. ONLY use the specific caliber of rimfire ammunition which is designated on the barrel of your rifle Different calibers of rimfire ammunition are NOT interchangeable. Do not use any ammunition other than the designated rimfire caliber specific for your rifle. USING INCORRECT AMMUNITION IN YOUR FIREARM, CAN CAUSE A JAM OR SEVERE MALFUNCTION OF YOUR FIREARM LEADING TO PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH. See the ‘Ten Commandments “of firearm safety.
NOTE: The barrel should be cleaned before loading and firing the firearm the first time. Follow cleaning instructions shown on in the cleaning section.
WARNING! The rifle is now cocked and loaded. Make sure the safety mechanism is still in the engaged. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
BOTH THE CHAMBER AND MAGAZINE ARE NOW LOADED.
Due to variations in rimfire ammunition, care should be taken when loading the magazine not to overlap the rims of the cartridges. See right. If rims overlap, a failure to feed a round from the magazine may occur. The loaded round should be inserted into the magazine by putting pressure near the rim. See Picture 9. Do not insert by pushing near the nose of the bullet.
If the magazine becomes hard to load to full capacity, unload magazine, disassemble and clean the magazine components.
Do not use solvents that are harmful to plastic materials. For cleaning instructions see the cleaning section.
WARNING! Visually check the chamber and receiver to make sure the chamber and magazine are completely empty. Make sure the safety mechanism is still engaged. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
WARNING! NEVER assume your rifle is unloaded to justify careless handling. Always control the direction of the muzzle of your rifle, even if you think it is completely unloaded.
WARNING! Before adjusting the sights, make sure the rifle is completely unloaded and the safety mechanism is engaged. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
For elevation (up and down adjustments) and windage (left and right adjustments), move the rear sight in the same direction as you need to move the bullet on the target.