Our beloved jefe Farago has been waiting a long time for his over-the-top Cowboy Assault Rifle project (not pictured) to come to fruition. What a long, strange trip it’s been, starting with an unintentional ‘Paratrooper’ version of the Model 1894C complete with a folding walnut stock. After months of radio silence (during which my own 1894C was customized, modernized, and shot like I stole it) Marlin sent Farago an impeccably perfect replacement.
That replacement rifle is now being transformed (we hope) into the coolest lever gun of the last 150 years. Top Shot (season 1) winner and Crimson Trace consultant Ian Harrison even got in on the project while CT searched hither and yon for just the perfect Picatinny rail system.
Although it bears a stylistic resemblance to the hitmen’s shotguns in Outland, the ballistic stillbirth pictured above is so ugly and useless it should never have been conceived. Farago’s lever-powered critter-gitter isn’t finished yet, but I’m confident the techies at Crimson Trace will come up with something much better than this.