TTAG Tactical Lever Rifle Project: Crimson Trace Laser Design

Top Shot champ and Crimson Trace Marketing Maven Ian Harrison has unleashed his company’s skunk works team on TTAG’s Tactical Lever Rifle Project gun. Their design drawing now heads to the machining department for realization. Updates to follow (‘natch). Ian’s stoked:

Hey look! Prior art! After stripping the Marlin of its dignity we set about designing a new forend cap that would accept a yet-to-be-announced laser sight. The CAD model will be sent out to be wire EDM’d, then finished on a 4 axis CNC, then anodized. Should be cooler than penguin bollocks. Sent from my mobile, please excuse brevity.


  1. avatar Taurus609 says:

    Robert, at least two years ago, a gun store I frequented had a Ruger 10/22 with a Crimson Trace laser in the forend stock. It had a button situated right about where the shooter’s left hand thumb would rest to activate the laser. If I’m not mistaken, it came from the factory that way.

  2. avatar Ryan Finn says:

    The anticipation is killing me. Also, I think I read that whole thing in a British accent

  3. avatar Chris Dumm says:

    Farago should call this project “Pimp My Ride Goes Ballistic. Literally.”

    1. avatar Ryan Finn says:

      Yo dawg, I hear you like lever guns.

      1. avatar Totenglocke says:

        So we put some lever guns in your lever guns!

        1. avatar Gossven says:

          So that we can lever gun while we lever gun?

  4. avatar Joe nobody says:

    It looks so wrong……..but it feels so right.

  5. avatar Gossven says:

    I have to say that “cooler than penguins bollocks” is my new favorite phrase.

  6. avatar Ralph says:

    Call me a grumpy old Luddite (mea culpa), but I don’t like lasers. And a laser on a lever gun just seems off. What’s next — a red dot sight on a muzzle-loader? Feh.

  7. Solid modeling done. Programming in process. Tooling on order. Fixture design started. Should have project ready to roll in about a week after Thanksgiving to take to range. They pay me for this!!


    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Please send a picture of something related to these remarks to [email protected] so I can post on this bad boy (the gun not you) again. And again. Etc.

      1. I will get you some pics when I get back to the shop next weekend. You are going to happy about this. I just got my grandads mod 93 (circa 1928) 22. My dad passed the torch on that firearm on Fathers day this past year. The similarities are amazing. I am a fan of Marlins that is what is making this project fun for me.

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  8. avatar Clayton says:

    I want one for a Winchester 94. Would make a nice accessory for a hog gun.

    1. avatar Mike Caulk says:

      That’s next on the Skunkworks list. I have an early 50’s model 94 and this little project has inspired me to actually do something for one of my own firearms.


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