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Parts of the Firearm

Overview

Learn the important components of your Model 597 firearm.

Remington® Autoloading Rifle

Congratulations on your choice of a Remington.® With proper care, it should give you many years of dependable use and enjoyment. For best results, we recommend that you use Remington Ammunition – the ammunition used in factory testing your firearm against our exacting function and performance standards.

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Important Parts of the Firearm

The Safety Mechanism

The safety mechanism on the Model 597™ AUTOLOADING RIMFIRE RIFLE is a button located behind the trigger, commonly known as a cross-bolt safety. See Pictures 4 and 5.

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This safety mechanism provides protection against accidental or unintentional discharge under normal usage when properly engaged and in good working order.

To engage the safety mechanism, push the button so the RED BAND MARKING CANNOT BE SEEN.

Always engage the safety mechanism when the firearm is loaded and you do not intend to shoot.

Never pull the trigger when the safety mechanism is engaged.

When you are ready to fire the firearm, press the safety mechanism so that the RED BAND MARKING IS SHOWING.

Do not touch the trigger while moving the safety mechanism. Your fingers and all other objects should be kept outside of the trigger guard and away from the trigger until you are actually ready to fire by pulling the trigger.

WARNING! The firearm will fire when the trigger is pulled and the RED BAND MARKING IS SHOWING.
Even when the safety mechanism is engaged, careless handling can cause the firearm to fire. See The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety.

The Security System

The firearm you have purchased is equipped with an integrated security system. The security system enables the owner to lock the safety mechanism on the firearm in the “SAFE” position with the use of a special key.

THIS SECURITY SYSTEM DOES NOT ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR SAFE GUN HANDLING AND STORAGE, INCLUDING KEEPING THIS AND EVERY GUN UNLOADED AND LOCKED IN A SECURE PLACE WHEN NOT IN USE. READ AND FOLLOW THESE AND OTHER SAFETY RULES IN THIS INSTRUCTION BOOK. FAILURE TO READ, UNDERSTAND AND OBEY THESE RULES CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH TO YOU OR OTHERS. SEE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF FIREARM SAFETY.

The safety mechanism on the firearm you have purchased is a button located behind the trigger, commonly known as the cross-bolt safety. See Picture 6.

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The safety mechanism provides additional protection against accidental or unintentional discharge under normal usage when properly engaged and in good working order.

On the safety mechanism there is a “J” shaped slot. See Picture 6. This “J” slot is the key hole for securing your safety mechanism. Also on the safety mechanism is a pointer which will point and line up with either the RED or WHITE DOT on the trigger plate when the safety mechanism is turned. See Picture 6. The position of the pointer indicates whether or not the security system is engaged. The existence of the security system does not change the basic operation of the safety mechanism, nor does it change the manner in which the safety mechanism should be used.

With your new firearm you will receive a capped key. To use the key remove the cap. On the key is an indicator line which will line up with the pointer on the safety mechanism. See Picture 7.

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To engage the security system, press the safety mechanism to the “SAFE” position so the RED BAND DOES NOT SHOW. Insert the key into the “J” slot as far as it can go. Next, turn the key counterclockwise so that the indicator line on the key and the pointer on the safety mechanism line up with the WHITE DOT on the trigger plate.

THE SECURITY SYSTEM IS NOW ENGAGED.

In operating the security system, NEVER use excessive force to turn the key. If the key will not turn freely, contact a Remington® authorized repair center.

Keep your security system engaged and your safety mechanism in the “SAFE” position when your firearm is not in use. Keep your key in a secure place, inaccessible to others. DO NOT leave your key or any ammunition with your firearm, which should be kept unloaded and locked in a safe place.

If you lose the key, DO NOT attempt to disengage the safety mechanism using a foreign object. This will damage your firearm. Contact your Remington authorized dealer for a replacement key.

Even if you think the security system and safety mechanism are engaged, careless handling can cause the firearm to fire. See the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety.

The Operating Handle

The operating handle is used to pull the bolt rearward to open the action. See Picture 8.

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WARNING! When the operating handle is forward, the bolt is closed and the rifle is ready to be fired.

The Magazine

I. TO REMOVE AN EMPTY MAGAZINE:

  1. Point the firearm in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
  3. Pull the operating handle rearward and visually check the chamber and magazine to make sure they are empty.
  4. Pull the magazine latch rearward. See Picture 8.
  5. Remove the magazine from the firearm.

NOTE: Once the last shot hold-open has been engaged, the magazine can be removed without the bolt closing.

II. TO REMOVE A LOADED MAGAZINE:

WARNING! If you pick up the firearm and the action is closed, there may be a live round in the chamber.

  1. Point the firearm in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
  3. Pull the operating handle rearward and visually check the chamber and magazine to make sure they are empty.
  4. Pull the magazine latch rearward. See Picture 8.
  5. Remove the magazine.

NOTE: The bolt will not stay locked in the open position unless an empty magazine is reinserted.
WARNING! Removing the magazine from the rifle does not prevent the rifle from being fired. If a cartridge is in the chamber and the safety mechanism is disengaged, RED BAND WILL SHOW the cartridge in the chamber can be fired by pulling the trigger. This is true even if the magazine is not in the rifle. THE RIFLE WILL FIRE WITH THE MAGAZINE REMOVED!

The Trigger Assembly

Pulling the trigger fires the firearm.

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The trigger assembly and other parts of the firing mechanism are preset at the factory and must never be altered or adjusted.
WARNING! NEVER alter or modify any part of the trigger assembly or any part of the firing mechanism. Improper alterations can make the rifle unsafe and result in personal injury or death.
WARNING! NEVER put your finger on the trigger unless you are going to fire the firearm.

The Barrel

WARNING! The inside of the barrel must be clean and free of obstructions. See the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety.

I. TO CHECK THE INSIDE OF THE BARREL:

  1. Point the firearm in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
  3. Insert an empty magazine and pull the operating handle rearward until the bolt engages the last shot hold-open mechanism. Visually check the chamber to make sure the rifle is completely unloaded.
  4. Remove the magazine from the firearm.
  5. Check the chamber again to make sure it is empty.
  6. Insert a cleaning rod into the muzzle. Push the rod completely through the barrel until the rod can be seen in the ejection port.

II. TO REMOVE OBJECTS FROM INSIDE THE BARREL:

WARNING! NEVER try to remove an object from the barrel by loading a cartridge and firing. This may cause the barrel to burst or a cartridge case to rupture and cause serious personal injury or death.

  1. Point the firearm in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
  3. Insert an empty magazine and pull the operating handle rearward until the bolt engages the last shot hold-open mechanism. Visually check the chamber to make sure the rifle is completely unloaded.
  4. Remove the magazine from the firearm.
  5. Check the chamber again to make sure it is empty.
  6. Insert the correct size cleaning rod into the muzzle and lightly tap rod to free object from the barrel.
  7. Push the cleaning rod all the way through the barrel until the rod can be seen in the ejection port.
  8. If an object can not be easily pushed out of the barrel with a cleaning rod, return the firearm to the factory or a REMINGTON® RECOMMENDED GUNSMITH.

III. TO CLEAN THE BARREL FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS SHOWN IN THE CLEANING SECTION.

BEFORE LOADING THE FIREARM: Make sure the inside of the barrel is free of dirt or other objects.

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