As a member of the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS), I compete in the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS.) Through a constant diet of boob-tube Westerns, I was fascinated by my hero’s six guns, his trusty, mentally-challenged sidekick’s stagecoach shotgun and the lever action rifles that were standard equipment on each one-horsepower conveyance. To get to play with real, steel, Western guns, with real ammo, shooting at targets that go CLANG instead of Missed Me!, blazing away just as fast as possible --- well --- that’s just about the most fun you can have with your spurs on.
|My CAS Rig |
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I’ve learned to appreciate the single-action revolvers, despise the Winchester 1897 pump shotgun, and really love the simple perfection of the lever action rifle.
Light, compact, fast, reliable, handy, and hard-hitting, the 150 year old lever action design continues to be relevant in the 21st Century: for fun, for sport… and for self-defense. I’m a particular fan of the Marlin 1894C: it is simply a brilliant little rifle. So much so, that the wife appropriated it via eminent domain for her Cowboy shooting.
Michael Bane’s Lever Gun Self-Defense and Bearing Arm’s You Need A Lever-Action Rifle are excellent discussions of why you might consider this “archaic” firearm, especially where “progressive” restrictions are in place.
|Win '94 Thuty-Thuty|
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