I guess you know that Marlin recommends against shooting their hammer pumps. A lot of folks poo-poo that advice as Marlin covering their behinds. The reasoning behind the warning is that the bolt is locked with a small pin,and if that pin breaks,then the bolt would be sent right back into the face of the shooter. That said,I know a few folks that shoot these,as well. If you do get one,have it checked out by a competent gunsmith.