Our friends at The Firearms Blog posted this video ripping lever guns a new one. The charges leveled at levers: they shoot a stupid cartridge (.30-30 comes in for a lot of stick), they can’t be shot from prone and they’re a bitch to load/reload (hence their dismissal from military service). And?
Firearms enthusiasts aren’t always looking for the ultimate gun: the lightest, softest shooting, easiest to load, most ergonomic, most reliable, easiest to clean, best ballistic hammer money can buy. Revolver enthusiasts, for example, know full well that wheel guns come a poor second to most modern polymer pistols in terms of capacity and fast reloads (Jerry Miculek excepted).
Lever gun lovers — a group to whom I belong — are under no illusions when it comes to their rifles’ limitations. But there’s something totally awesome about firing a well-made lever gun. Not only does it connect you to America’s historical past it feels right. And looks cool. And does the job. Kinda like a small wooden sailboat — which are a genuine pain to maintain compared to anything fiberglass.
Anyway, the fact that Henry Repeating Arms is doing a land office business with their modern lever guns tells you a lot about the genre’s allure. Yes, they’re pretty darn good at doing what rifles do. But again it’s the way a lever gun makes you feel that sets them apart from any other type of rifle. Are you in?