During the firing cycle the bolt handle makes violent reversals of direction for each round fired. The
cantilevered portion extending outside the receiver (the finger piece) is additionally subjected to
inertial forces and actually flexes back and forth on each shot. After a period of time, fatigue sets
in and the finger piece breaks off. Not only can you not cock the 76 / 760, the bolt has lost the guide
which keeps it properly positioned in the receiver.
This lighter weight and lower profile bolt handle is intended to minimize the inertial effects on the bolt
handle while the knurled surface still offers a secure grip. As always, you should never attempt to cock
your 76 / 760 (or any other firearm) with wet, dirty, or oily hands as the possibility does exist that
fingers will slip and an unintended discharge could result.