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When it comes to rifles, there is no rifle that says America quite like the Lever Action Rifle. After all, it was the Lever Action Rifle that won the West. When we look back at great cinematic icons of the Western genre, from John Wayne to Clint Eastwood, it is the Lever Action Rifle that they all brandish. Today, Lever Action Rifle is still around and it is better than ever. Here are my top ten picks for best Lever Action rifles of 2017. Browning BLR Henry. 45 - 70 Lever Action Marlin 39A Marlin 336 Ruger 96 / 44 Savage 99 Varmint Express. 17 HMR Rifle Winchester Model 88 Winchester 1873 Winchester 1886

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OUR LEVER-ACTION LEGACY

Yet it never really achieved full acceptance as a military arm. Lever Action was firearms evolutionary diversion: 19th century equivalent of the assault Rifle created in an age when armies still assaulted in ranks of men armed with single shots and bayonets because anything more, to the minds of established brass, waste ammunition. Yes, individual soldiers do grab Lever Action of their day for use in personal defense and in attack; and true, there was odd model adopted at times. By and large, however, Lever Action remains the firearm of the common man, civilian weapon that, for little while anyway, could outshoot anything in government official arsenal. No wonder it still holds warm spot in many hearts. Lever actions were born of 1800s experimentation. Multi barrel guns and other guns with awkward mechanisms, their design was limited only by imagination. The earliest production model of what can be called Lever gun was Colts ring Lever Carbine, but it was overly complicated and revolver carbines, for their short life, could just as easily be cocked like revolvers without extra mechanism. Perhaps the most obvious progenitor was by Volcanic Arms, found in 1855 with the combined input of Benjamin Henry, Horace Smith, Daniel Wesson and, of course, Oliver Winchester. It combines tube magazines with what has become familiar Lever to be operated by shooters whole hand. Volcanic also was the birth of rimfire cartridge. This provides a stepping stone to the next development which was encouraged by, and proven in, political climate of time. This US Civil War provided R & D for great many new weapon designs, most of which mercifully expire in their childhood before being inflicted upon soldiers of either side. Yet, two Lever actions that proved promising were the 1860 Henry Rifle and the 1860 Spencer Carbine. The latter was officially issued to Federal cavalry units: it fire. 56 - 56 caliber contains cartridge from seven round tube magazines in stock. Though it still had to be cock for each round, it dramatically increased the firepower of US cavalry man. It was portable, reload quickly off preloaded sleeves and fired large caliber bullet. Reliability of ammunition was sometimes questionable, however, and it had reduced effective range. Yet there are few reports of any soldiers who, after having been issued one, want to go back to single shot, muzzle loading Carbine. Henry is a bit more famous as it is the granddaddy of what most think of when they consider Lever Action firearm. It was 1860 Henry, however, that established a reputation for loading up on Sunday and shooting all week. Develop by Benjamin Henry, 1860, had inline hammer and lever that when operating eject old case, cock hammer and then load new round into the chamber.

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UNLIMITED VERSATILITY

Lever action IS ONE of America's most significant contributions to modern firearms. It was the first successful repeating action, and in 160 years of repeating RIFLES, almost ALL Lever - action designs have been American. Almost the ONLY exception was Sakos ' excellent Finnwolf, BUT unfortunately, it also go. The field of new lever action chambers for modern, high - intensity cartridges IS VERY limited. Actually, THERE are just two: Henrys Long Ranger 308 Winchester and Brownings BLR. Blr IS currently chamber TO 17 cartridges, including four WSMs and two belt magnums. Regardless of action type, ANY. 308 Winchester IS suitable for most North American hunting, and BLR in fast - stepping Magnum WILL DO whatever Bolt - action Magnum WILL DO. M88, although Winchesters ' fourth best - selling Lever action, IS getting hard TO find and Sako Lever actions are scarce. However, USE Savage 99s are AVAILABLE and affordable. So, IF YOU want full - spectrum versatility from Lever action, YOU Can Have It. However, despite today's hunger for Long - Range performance, not every North American hunter wants TO reach way out THERE, and many in the US do need TO. Across the country, many of US hunt thicker cover, where long - range shooting is necessary. Youre probably thinking whitetails, BUT most Black bear and wild hog hunting IS DO AT close range, and THERE are PLENTY of situations for elk and Moose where reach isnt necessary. Instead, premium is placed on fast handling and easy carrying. In close, cover shots are often fast and presentations are ALWAYS perfect. Sometimes fast second shot saves the day! Lever action isnt as fast as semiauto and IS NO faster than slide action, BUT for most of the US, lever gun IS faster for repeat shots than bolt action and MUCH faster than single shot.

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FAST, EFFECTIVE & FUN

Some readers will remember seeing first - run episodes of such westerns on television as Rifleman and Gunsmoke. The common firearm seen in most of them is the Lever Action Gun. And back in the days depicted in these television shows and in western movies, Lever Action was used for hunting, shooting fun, contests, and self - defense. It was versatile and effective, and it still is. Like modern rifles, today - AR - 15 is the most common example - Lever Gun was a chamber for a variety of cartridges. And even though technology has advanced and semi - automatic rifles and carbines are common, Lever Gun is still a viable platform. And it is great fun to shoot. It may not have the magazine capacity of AR - 15 and it is not self - loading nor can it fire quite as fast, but with proper techniques and practice, it is very fast to shoot, accurate, and has enough magazine capacity to hold its own in most life - or - death encounters. Although there are exceptions, most such incidents are at close range where iron sights are adequate and the number of rounds fired is few. The versatility of Lever Guns became obvious when a group of gun writers and experienced shooters recently met at Gunsite Academy located near Prescott, Arizona for a three - day class using Lever Action Rifles and carbines. Teach by experienced Gunsite instructors and range masters, Lew Gosnell, Ed Head and Gary Smith, basics as well as finer points of gun handling and marksmanship with Lever Gun were present and practiced until all students gained a satisfactory level of competence. So, why would anyone consider using Lever Gun instead of AR - 15 for any task these days? Well, unfortunately, some readers live in jurisdictions where possession or use of modern Rifle - AR - 15 - is infringe. But in some of those same jurisdictions, possession, and use of Lever Action Gun is not. After all, it is just a Cowboy Gun and does not bring to mind the irrational fear that some people feel at the mere sight of AR - 15. In times of civil unrest, it can be very effective for use as a defensive tool, and in fact, I know of at least one law enforcement officer, when he find himself in just such environment, arm himself with Lever Gun for that very reason. But proper training and then practice are - as they are with all firearm self - defense skills - required for Lever Gun to be effective. The major problem, though, is finding the right training. Despite the increase in defensive firearms training instructors and schools, only very few have expertise with Lever Guns. A quick Internet search reveals that of the few that offer Lever Action courses, only one appears to offer classes that are more than a few hours long. That Gunsite Academy, oldest and most prestigious privately owned firearms training center in the world. The design of this Marlin 1894c is faithful to the original design, but with some modern updates.

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Lever Action Rifles for Self-Defense

Some might see tubular magazines as a drawback, but that might not necessarily be the case. Consider that magazines will never be lost since they are an integral part of carbine.S You dont need to buy additional magazines, which can be costly. Detachable magazines can become damaged or lose, but tubular magazines are not likely to suffer such maladies. Tubular magazines can be topped off one round at a time during a lull in action, which is also an advantage that we do enjoy with detachable box magazines. The overall length of Marlin Youth carbine is pretty close to that of AR - 15 carbine, which makes it pretty handy and easy to maneuver, especially indoors, where defensive arm is likely to be used little rifle is fairly maneuverable in hallways and such. Old Lever Action is pretty socially acceptable. After all, it is a gun that cowboys use, and is very unlikely to cause terror in the local populace if see. These days, sad truth is that people tend to get panicky if they see black rifle, and that can work against us in certain situations. Unfortunately, perception is a huge factor in modern times, and any opportunity we can take advantage of to not have people freak out is to our credit. Cost is also a factor for many folks, considering were not all rich. On secondary market, Lever Action might set us back a couple of hundred bucks, if that. Maybe you already have one, or maybe a relative has one that hes not really using. In my area, they are in every gunshop at very reasonable prices. Even new ones are very expensive, so availability is not an issue. As aside, ammunition for lever actions is typically very available too. Make no mistake, if you want, you can spend several months ' wages on Lever Gun. There are models out there that are sufficiently fancy to drain your account faster than Bernie Sanders would love to. Accessories abound, including lights, optics, suppressors, rail systems, etc. Personally, I take a minimalist approach for a few reasons, primarily because I ca afford all that stuff! Beyond that, when you begin adding accessories galore, that streamlined handiness of carbine is quickly lose. Weight increases, and again, handling characteristics go to hell fast. Accessory that might help a lot of people would be optic.S My aging eyes do not appreciate buckhorn style sights on most Lever guns. Optics sure do help me out a lot. Legal factors cannot be ignore, either. Certain states or locales make it very difficult to own semi - autos and other exotic firearms. But I am not aware of any that prohibit hunting type rifles.

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An Imperfect Solution

Lever - action rifles can be easily identified by the loop under the or behind the trigger that you place your hand into. This is actually a lever, which is operated by pushing your hand down and forward. That opens up action and pushes round from magazine into breech. Pulling your hand upward and back will close the chamber. For consecutive shots, this action is simply repeated until youre out of ammunition. There are also some disadvantages. It is nearly impossible to cycle from prone position. This is why the military no longer uses rifle. On whole, lever guns are not as accurate as bolt - action rifles. Because of the placement of tubular magazine, these guns cannot be suppress. If you would like to put scope on one, avoid models that eject from the top of the breech.

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Marlin 1894

There are plenty of similarities between this gun and the 1895 Big Bore. One big difference is in ammo. This rifle is chamber in. 30 - 30 Winchester. This rifle features black stock and metal receiver with parkerized finish. It has an overall length of 34. 5 inches and barrel length of 16. 25 inches. We see this as ideal brush / deer gun. It holds five rounds of tubular magazine. This sharp - looking gun also has modern flares like suppressor - ready thread muzzle. As a bonus, Marlin includes paracord wrap on loop lever and paracord sling. Head to gun range, sight it in and you are basically ready to hunt.

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