Name the last movie to prominently feature a lever action rifle that didn’t involve dancing wolves or a one-eyed Jeff Bridges. Having trouble? That’s because there isn’t one. The lever gun has been relegated to cowboy movie status since The Duke was riding The Big Trail. You’d think the lever gun had become some sort of mythological creature used only by wanna be cowboys and Real-Tree clad OFWG’s hiding out in the woods of Wisconsin during the fall. It appears you’d be wrong though . . .
This servile scribe has written two reviews on lever guns; one on the stock Marlin 336 and one on TTAG’s first Cowboy Assault Rifle. Our fearless leader and Chris Dumm are chomping at the bit to pimp out a pair of Marlin 1894C’s (Those of you lucky enough to live close to AFS can see RF’s on Thursday night).
Hornady makes specialized ammo for 30-30 chambered rifle de palancas, smiths like Grizzly Customs are putting out some seriously bad ass pieces of equipment and the interwebs are rife with people currently talking about these weapons.
So I turn, as usual, to TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia for some educated opinions. What is fueling this sudden resurgence in lever action rifles? Do we all just really want to be Rooster Cogburn at heart or is there a more practical reason?