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 Post subject: Marla air rifle
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:08 pm 
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Hello members. Yes a marla. I received it by mistake on a order from another member.
It was cheap so I kept it to work on.I can hear some of you saying to toss it.
But in my opinion these old East and West air guns are worth saving.
Who else this side of the pond is going to give you so much metal and wood.
This and the two relums I have do in my opinion have nice stocks.
Anyway, I'm having trouble engaging the piston on the marla. Tried different length springs.
I have now figured out how the trigger assembly goes together, after taking apart and reassembling about twenty times.and it has to be the worst one so far I have had work on.
I would really like to get it operating, and not to junk it.
Can anyone help me .
Thank you
Bil?


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 Post subject: Re: Marla air rifle
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:07 pm 
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HI:I have a Zenit Marla which is got to be over 55 years old(my age minus when I bough it).
Its a great break barrel for its time and cost.
At some point I had to adjust the sear engagement.
It involved taking the spring out and manually pushing the piston down until it engaged (or didn't)the sear.
The spring that kept the sear engaged was worn to the point of not being able to hold the sear against the spring pressure.
I ended up getting a bag with a spring assortment and modding a spring to work.
Hopefully it isn't the fact that the piston catch and/or the sear are so worn to the point of not "grabbing".
I have a few air guns and its my quick go to gun to shoot- the- squirrel- at- the- bird- feed- gun.
Good luck
Bernie


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 Post subject: Re: Marla air rifle
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:54 am 
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bernie wrote:
HI:I have a Zenit Marla which is got to be over 55 years old(my age minus when I bough it).
Its a great break barrel for its time and cost.
At some point I had to adjust the sear engagement.
It involved taking the spring out and manually pushing the piston down until it engaged (or didn't)the sear.
The spring that kept the sear engaged was worn to the point of not being able to hold the sear against the spring pressure.
I ended up getting a bag with a spring assortment and modding a spring to work.
Hopefully it isn't the fact that the piston catch and/or the sear are so worn to the point of not "grabbing".
I have a few air guns and its my quick go to gun to shoot- the- squirrel- at- the- bird- feed- gun.
Good luck
Bernie


I too had issues with the trigger spring on both my Marla and Telly, had to make new ones. I found nowhere to buy it, so I had to make new ones. The original spring wire size is 0.027''. Fortunately I had one in that size wire that I modded to fit. For safety reasons, it's critical that the spring have the same wire size/shape than the original.

Also check if the sear engagement adjusting screw - the small screw inside the big one, in front of the trigger guard - is backed out enough to allow safe sear engagement (see picture in next post).


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 Post subject: Re: Marla air rifle
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:57 am 
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Marla/Relum Telly sear engagement adjusting screw:


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 Post subject: Re: Marla air rifle
PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:10 pm 
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Thanks to everyone for your input. Unfortunately it is not
The same set up as the relums . Unless someone has done a good
Job of switching out,which I doubt. It did engage just a couple of times
But since has stopped. But I can hear the sear run along the machined ridges
Of the piston if I listen closely. I think I will have to make a new sear.
Wish I could post pics but it is a bit beyond me to do so.
I really do like the stocks on these old guns.
The two relums I acquired in bad shape scrubbed up pretty good.
Nice grain in both stocks. 3-4 costs of clear varathane. Not everyones taste
But I like how the grain stands out.
I installed the double spring in one bought from chambers in scotland.
Pretty hard to cock but hits pretty hard also.
Thanks again for your help.
Bill


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 Post subject: Re: Marla air rifle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:49 pm 
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Hi, B4b5 sent me some pictures of the trigger and hopefully get some specific help fixing it. Note, he says the Marla trigger (blade?) is plastic.


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 Post subject: Re: Marla air rifle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:51 pm 
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Some more of the tube and cocking linkage:


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 Post subject: Re: Marla air rifle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:52 pm 
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last lot, overview of B4b5's nice collection with the Marla and some of the Marla alone.


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