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Working the slick lever on a rifle is just as enjoyable and even more affordable in rimfires. Whether bringing up the next generation of young hunters or merely punching holes in tin cans, rimfire lever-actions represent some good, clean, all-American fun. A quick flick of the wrist cycles the action on these six great buys in lever-driven rimfire rifles.Henry Golden Boy
Henry Repeating Arms has a reputation as one of the most patriotic of all current production lever-actions. The rimfire Golden Boy’s brass-lite receiver is immediately recognizable, and such a firearm is prized by experienced shooters and first-timers alike. If the flash of brass is not your taste, Henry produces Silver Boy rimfires, as well as dozens of special and limited editions.
In addition to the more common .22 S, L, and LR chambering, Henry also offers rimfires in both .17 HMR and .22 WMR. Prices online vary widely depending upon edition and options, from $425 to $899, with their standard classic blued lever-action rimfire available even cheaper.
One of the most underrated lever-action rimfire rifles comes from Browning. Their BL-22 is lightweight, fast-cycling, and uses a unique trigger system that travels with the lever. Standard models use a blued steel receiver, though upgraded variations show combinations of engraving, enhanced finishes, and classy wood.
Adjustable iron sights and a grooved receiver offer easy aiming options. Like most of the rimfires on this list, the BL-22 handles .22 S, L, and LR. Getting that golden Buckmark logo on a lever gun is not the cheapest in the business, but they are a classic. Prices online range from $549 to $899.
Known primarily as a budget bolt- or pump-action brand, Mossberg is seldom included in lever-action conversations. That’s a shame because even though the Mossberg Model 464 is not the company’s top seller, those lever-driven rifles have quietly landed in the hands of budget-conscious hunters and plinkers in both centerfire and rimfire.
The Model 464 chambered in .22 LR is one of the most affordable on the market. The standard 464 wears a black finish receiver, 18-inch barrel, straight grip walnut stock, and is drilled and tapped for scope mounting. A more tactically inspired 464 SPX wears a flash suppressor and sits in a synthetic stock with a six-position buttstock. Prices range from $299 to 399 online.
Springing from the wild fame of Winchester’s Model 94 family of lever-action rifles, the Model 9422 put rimfire rifles in the hands of adult and youth shooters alike. With models chambering .22 S, L, LR, and a .22 WMR variant, the 9422 works well for both hunters and backyard plinkers. With a straight grip stock, angled eject, and 20-inch barrel, the 9422 weighed in just a half-pound lighter than its full-sized centerfire lineage Model 94.
The 9422 is a takedown model, easily packed in halves with a single takedown screw. Pricing on the 9422s varies widely today, as the guns come in several finishes and variants. The initial run of 9422 ran from 1972 to 2005, with newer XTR models and a 9417 – a .17 HMR chambering– produced later in the run. Overall, the cost ranges online from $650 to $1,200.
One of the most respected lever-action rimfires is the original Marlin Model 39. Working that buttery lever-action on a well-balanced, old-fashioned rifle with rich color case hardening and a hand-fit finish is a true treat. These takedown rimfires are a gem to this day, held mostly in the hands of collectors. To find a legit, clean, collectible Model 39 today will easily tip the pocketbook over a grand.
Luckily, the Model 39 is more accessible today in its newer form, the 39A. Whether standard or Golden Mountie, the 39A ensured that vintage quality Marlin lever-action .22 caliber rimfires were available to a wider audience. Prices on clean Marlin Model 39A rifles range online from $550 to $725.
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When John “Skinny” Clarke isn’t shooting a Single Action Shooting Society match, he functions as the editor-in-chief of The Cowboy Chronicle, a quarterly publication dedicated to the craft of cowboy action shooting, which he describes as “the most fun you can have at a match.” We sat down with him to get some tips on what it takes to be a speed shooter in the world of skinning smoke wagons, working levers, and blasting scatterguns.
One of the first things to do to become a faster SASS Shooter is to ditch the production parts in favor of third-party options. Similar to other styles of competitive shooting, a variety of third-party companies create specific parts to help competitors achieve their goals and shave off some time. Clarke listed Wolff Gunsprings and Lee Springs as some of the best offering drop-in kits.
Clarke also advises familiarizing yourself with the gun’s internals and recognizing when parts need replacing. Replacing production springs and removing small imperfections often make you faster.2. Get it “Slicked Up” Professionally
If the do-it-yourself treatment isn’t sufficient, the next step is to “slick it up.” This involves sending the gun to a reputable and trustworthy gunsmith, typically skilled in single-action revolvers. The gunsmith short strokes the gun hones the chambers and polishes everything to perfection. Clarke described Bob James, a well-recognized SASS gunsmith, and his ability to make a Colt SAA “feel just like glass, it’s that smooth.”3. Dry Fire Practice
* Make Sure All Guns Are Unloaded and All Live Ammunition is Out of the Room Before Dry-Fire Practice*
SASS is no different than USPSA or IDPA in terms of preparation through practice. Clarke’s favorite dry-fire drills are simple and easy to accomplish at home.
He suggests taping pie plates to a wall to practice drawing the handgun, aiming it at the plates, and pulling the trigger. Keep doing this, and you’ll get faster and faster on target. Clarke also suggests working on smooth draws and reholstering to cut down on time.
His second dry fire drill centers on loading and unloading shotguns. Shotguns always start empty during the competition, so practicing speedy loading will up your game. Milliseconds here and there pay big dividends.
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The newest 9mm pistol installment from budget gunmaker Taurus, the G3c, brings an affordable 12+1 capacity subcompact to the carry market.
Announced last month, the G3c (c = compact) is a scaled-down version of the striker-fired Taurus G3 and uses a 3.2-inch barrel to achieve an overall 6.3-inch length. This is about an inch shorter than the company’s already popular third-generation of polymer-framed handguns, following in the wake of the G2 and PT111 Millennium Pro.
Weight of the G3c, unloaded, is billed as 22-ounces and we found that the gun, when stuffed with 13 rounds of 147-grain Federal Hydra-Shok JHP bulks up to 27.1-ounces. Height is 5.1-inches over the sights with the standard magazine inserted.How does it compare in size?
The Taurus G3c, when stacked against one of the most common carry pistols in the country, the 15+1 shot Glock 19, l is about an inch shorter and 4-ounces lighter. While it should be noted that the Glock 26 is closer in size to the new Brazilain budget contender, it can be pointed out that the aforementioned “Baby Glock” runs a smaller 10-round mag as standard. The 3Gc is more akin in size to the new FN 503 or the legacy Walther PPK and Star BM, although it should be pointed out that all three of those are single-stacks.
The elephant in the room, however, is how the G3c stands when facing off against the new breed of micro-compact 9mm pistols. On paper, the 18.3-ounce unloaded Springfield Armory Hellcat is slightly smaller, at 6-inches overall, while bringing an 11+1 flush fit mag along for the ride. The 17.8-ounce 10+1 Sig Sauer P365 is even more diminutive, with a 5.8-inch overall length. In short, the new Taurus is very close to that size envelope, but– and this is a big but– is priced at an MSRP of $305 (closer at the $250ish range at retailers) while the P365 and Hellcat both run at least a couple hundo more.Brazilain via Bainbridge
While nobody is hiding the fact that Taurus is located in Brazil, where they have been making firearms since 1939, the company has been exporting guns to the U.S. for generations and has been expanding its operations in the States in recent years. In 2018, the company announced a $22.5 million investment in a new 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Bainbridge, Georgia. Since then, Taurus, who also owns brands Rossi and Heritage, has successfully stood up the new factory and is producing guns with a Bainbridge rollmark.Mechanics
The Taurus G3c has three safeties including a Glock-style trigger insert, an internal striker/firing pin block, and a frame-mounted manual safety– the latter a source of frustration for some and a key feature for others.
The standard 12-shot mags are not new to the gun, being the same ones that Taurus introduced with the PT111 Mil-Pro back in the day. The company also stresses their 15- and 17-round mags, marketed for the larger G3, work in the pistol as well.
When it comes to sights, the G3c has moved from their previously-used 3-dot design to a blacked-out rear and single front. The sights are metal and the dovetail accepts most standard Glock-pattern replacements, making them an easy upgrade.Ergonomics
The G3c’s grip module has a series of six amoeba-shaped bottlecap-sized texture pads that have a decent grip without demanding too much of your hide in exchange. The slide uses shallow forward-slanted front and deeper rear serrations while the surface controls are oriented for a right-handed shooter, although the mag release is reversible for those who swing that way.
The trigger of the G3c, perhaps the line’s best asset, has a flatter face and shorter reset than on the company’s earlier semi-auto striker-fired guns. Also, it has a second-strike capability without having to cycle the slide, a useful feature in the hopefully rare event of a misfire or light primer strike. It should be noted though that this changes the firing system from single-action into double-action.
In terms of weight, we found our test gun to break at just shy of 5-pounds normally and 6.5 on a second strike without cycling. It has a long trigger pull but a short reset.
How does it shoot and carry? We are working on that so stay tuned.
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Savage Arms just announced four updated models of some of their most popular bolt-action rifle lines in 300 PRC, or Precision Rifle Cartridge.
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In a blow to New York FFLs, a federal judge has declared that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has the power to shut down gun stores.
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Shotgun and air rifle specialist Hatsan USA is launching a new line of Escort semi-automatic shotguns with a cool twist: these guns are bullpups.
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This week the Hawaii Senate passed a bill that requires gun owners to notify the government when their firearms leave the state for good. Per the legislative summary of SB 3054: Requires every person who permanently moves firearms out of the State to contact the county police department where the firearms are registered to notify […]
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SIG Sauer and ZEV Technologies have teamed up to make a new line of premium P320 pistols that come with all the bells and whistles.
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Interesting story developing in Sherwood, Arkansas, where a concealed carrier this week reportedly discharged a firearm inside a Walmart location to break up a fight.
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With the National Shooting Sports Foundation reporting millions of new gun owners flooding gun stores to make their first buys, I wanted some perspective on what would make a former gun control activist suddenly pro-2A. I headed to Instagram, asking my followers to help me track down new gun owners who might be willing to talk. Later that day, I received the following email from a reader who wished to remain anonymous.
The letter has been edited for conciseness and clarity, but, at its core, begs the question: left or right, what would you do to protect your family amid a crisis?
I saw your prompt on Instagram and I thought I’d write in a perspective that might be unique.
I grew up in New York, about 40 minutes away from New York City, as a second-generation Korean American in a largely white community. As you are likely well-aware, New York has some of the most restrictive laws against firearm ownership, and no one I knew personally owned guns or shotguns. I had a neighbor who would shoot off guns sometimes on his property, probably for plinking, and the sound was enough for me to run inside and stay clear of his property as a child.
That being said, while growing up, I remember developing an interest in firearms and learned how pistols/bolt-action rifles worked. They were marvels of engineering, and I had a curiosity to learn more. I remember signing up for some gun magazine and receiving it in the mail. My parents reacted very poorly to the sight of a magazine with a gun on the cover. This was maybe four years after Columbine had taken place, so I think I can understand the gut reaction. Thus, despite my curiosity, I think the way my parents reacted and the environment I was brought up in, trained me to suppress any interest in guns for fear of being labeled a threat.
I was in college when the Virginia Tech shooting happened, and I watched the news in horror as someone who looked like me was committing atrocious acts right on TV. I was so angry and ashamed that an Asian person could act that way, and, because of that, I railed against the idea of anyone having guns and signed some petitions for stronger gun control laws. After all, we had strict gun laws where I grew up, and I hadn’t heard of a single mass shooting in New York. Hidden within my actions, however, I think there was still that underlying desire to not be labeled a threat because I felt that looking different from the majority and being compared to that monster was a very dangerous position to be in.
My first time shooting an actual gun was when I was in graduate school in Maryland. It was for my birthday, and I was on a journey of trying things I had never tried before… It seemed that mass shootings and school shootings were occurring with increasing frequency, and I was positive that I was correct that we needed to do something to limit the availability of guns in America. I felt emboldened that the media and seemingly everyone I hung out with felt the same way. I marched with Everytown’s March for Our Lives. I proudly voted for political candidates who were anti-gun.
This changed when COVID-19 hit. I felt the charged looks and the wide berth that people were giving me when I wore a mask before our governor said it was required. I would have understood that and chalked it up to ignorance, but then there were thousands of reports of discrimination, some violent, against Asians throughout the United States. I thought about how easily I could become a victim of one of these incidents and how I could make it home to my beautiful newborn baby boy and my wife if I were attacked. I concluded that one of the most effective ways was a force multiplier, like a gun.
I started researching how to buy a gun, how to safely store a gun, what kind of gun to get, which caliber, and more. It was while researching this that I learned about what the point of the Second Amendment was. I never learned this in school…I learned about Supreme Court cases like Warren vs. DC or Castle Rock vs. Gonzales, which decided that police have no duty to protect the public. I learned about how some gun stats were misleading in the way that groups like Everytown had presented them. All this reinforced the concept that no one is responsible for the safety of yourself and your loved ones, but you.
Once I was somewhat sure of what I wanted, a [Sig Sauer] P320 full-size in 9mm, I brought my findings to my wife, who was, and still is, anti-gun. I made clear why I felt we needed one and what steps I would take to make sure that the gun would be out of reach from our son. It felt like what swayed her the most in coming to terms with a gun being in the house was the fact that I took so much time to research and how much I thought about safety. That, along with the argument that if things ever got really bad, did we really want to be without one?
Thus, with my wife’s blessing, I bought the gun from Guns.com and picked it up at a local FFL, fully realizing that I was at the beginning of a journey. The P320 I got was for home defense, I had no delusions that it was going to be something that I could comfortably carry for personal protection… I am okay with not being able to carry a weapon concealed right now as I am still working from home, but what happens when this is over?
I think this is a long-winded way of saying – yes, I am a hypocrite. In wanting to fit in and not call attention to myself, I advocated against guns and the people who own them, and in doing so, I realize that I helped make myself and those I advocated against defenseless. With the laws and conditions in this country being what they are, how can I vote for someone that would take away or severely limit the most effective tool for individuals to protect themselves?”
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John Clarke acts as editor-in-chief of The Cowboy Chronicle, a quarterly publication dedicated to the Single Action Shooting Society. Operating under the stage name, “Skinny,” on and off the range, he dedicates his time and energy to SASS.
Founded on the guns of the Old West, SASS brings a sense of entertainment to the sport with costumes and stage names, to boot. Guns.com caught up with Skinny as he showed us his guns and demonstrated some SASS style.Ruger Vaqueros Chambered in .38/.357 The Rifle: Stainless Steel 1894 Marlin Chambered in .38/.357 The Shotgun: Stoeger Coach Gun in 12 Gauge The Ammo: .38 Spl in Diamond K Brass and Badman Bullets The Ammo: Claybusters WAA12R (Winchester)
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Gather round and hear a tale of an extremely rare .223-caliber AK-style semi-auto rifle that was only imported for a single, controversial year.
With the U.S. appetite for Kalashnikovs initially whet by the early shipments first of Finnish Valmets and then of Steyr-imported Egyptian Maddi ARM rifles, by the time Red Dawn hit theatres in 1984, the hunger had grown to omnivorous proportions. The problem was, the Valmets and Maddis were expensive at the time, running $700 and up in 1985 dollars.
With Valmets trimmed from import in 1986 by the Reagan Administration and Steyr no longer bringing in Maddis, eyes turned to Bejing and a variety of Chinese-made semi-auto Type 56 AKM-style clones, marketed under banners ranging from B-West, Poly-Tech, Clayco, Norinco and others, started to flow into the country around the same time. Largely new-in-box production and meant just for the overseas market, the only tweak done before clearing customs in the U.S. was to gain an import mark. Seen as something of the Rodney Dangerfield of the AK offerings at the time, these guns could be had for under $400.
China Sports, Inc.– located in Ontario, California of all places– introduced a couple of new Norincos to the market in late 1988, notably chambered in calibers other than the traditional AK 7.62x39mm. This included the 5.45x39mm Type 88 and the Type 84S AKS in .223 Remington. The Type 84S was to ship to FFLs in one of four variants: a standard fixed wood stock model, the 84S-1 with an underfolding stock, the 84S-3 with a composite fixed stock, and the 84S-5 with a side-folding metal stock, with the last three only imported in 1989.
The rifles, typically made at State Factory 66, all used a 16.34-inch barrel and a birdcage-style flash hider shipping complete with 30-round mags, a buttstock cleaning kit, and a “spiker” bayonet.
The metal Norinco Type 84 factory .223/5.56 ribbed magazines are extremely hard-to-find these days, with prices topping out as high as $200 per mag. A popular hack for Type 84 owners who like to shoot is to mod more commonly available polymer Bulgarian Circle 10 or Pro-Mag 5.56 Kalash mags to fit– but of course, your mileage may vary.
Then the bottom fell out of the import semi-auto rifle game after the President Bush-era Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in July 1989 dropped the hammer on bringing in 43 types of popular firearms by name, ranging from UZIs to the enduring Valmet Hunter, with the Chinese AKs included. This shut the door on the Type 84. Subsequent bans on Chinese-made firearms in 1994 kept it shut.
Today, of course, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Yugoslav-built Arsenals, Cugirs, and Zastavas are available in .223/5.56 while several domestic AK builders also crank out their versions in the same chambering. But they just aren’t the short-lived and, now very collectible, Norinco Type 84S.
If you like interesting guns like the Type 84 with a neat history behind them, head on over to the carefully-curated selection of firearms in our Military Classics and Collector’s Corner sections and see if you find anything that is the bee’s knees.
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Amazingly, a new “study” is making headlines, despite the fact that it relies on obviously faulty assumptions, irrational methodology and has not been peer-reviewed.
Subway is now asking gun owners to stop carrying openly in their franchise locations.
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A Wisconsin Walmart manager recently followed store policy in Northern Wisconsin. They interacted with a long term friend of mine.
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Second Amendment advocate and social media influencer Colion Noir claimed on a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience that big tech companies frequently shadownban his content.
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Few guns define a nation like the Winchester 1873. A fine piece of American-made steel and walnut granted repeatable firepower to the hearty souls venturing westward – not to mention hunters, outlaws, and lawmen across the nation. The Model of 1873 remains an iconic rifle today and one that belongs on every shooter’s must-own list. Here’s why.About the Winchester 1873
Over 720,000 Winchester Model 1873s were produced from the years 1873 through 1919. Oliver Winchester’s patents and works owe heavily to earlier repeating rifle designs from Benjamin Tyler Henry of Henry rifle fame and the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company with its ties to Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson. At its core, the Winchester Model 1873 is a lever-action, toggle-link design that fires metallic centerfire cartridges.
Factory production rifles came most commonly with a full magazine tube, blued finish, sliding dustcover, brass cartridge lifter, crescent-shaped buttplate, and straight-grain walnut stocks. Interestingly, the first Model 1873s used an iron receiver until 1884, when the transition to steel receivers took effect.
The Model 1873 was originally chambered in the most common centerfire metallic round of the day—the .44 Winchester Center Fire, or as it is more commonly known today, the .44-40 Win. That was followed in 1879 by a .38 WCF, or .38-40 Win, chambering. Then the .32 WCF, or .32-20 Win, came in 1882, as cowpokes, gunslingers, and hunters often opted to carry both a long gun and revolver in the same chambering. Fewer shooters and collectors know that Winchester also offered the 1873 in the first rimfire repeater of its time, as the Winchester 1873 was chambered for both .22 Short and .22 Long rimfires, which made a short run beginning in 1884.
Mainline factory production centered around three major Model 1873 variations, the most common being the 24-inch barreled rifle. There was also a 20-inch barreled carbine and a 30-inch “musket,” which is the rarest of the gang. Though most any Winchester 1873 in decent condition today makes an excellent addition to any collection, those with either special provenance or with custom factory options get top billing. Winchester Repeating Arms, for a fee, customized the Model 1873 for the customer. A few features included altering barrel lengths and shapes, adding set triggers, engraving, special finishes, stock checkering, magazine tube alterations, among many other deluxe offerings.Researching Your Model 1873
For those wishing to study the many variations and special-order intricacies of the 1873, there have been many books written specifically on this gun. It would be impossible to go into such detail here, but aside from what we’ve already listed, the Model 1873 breaks down by First, Second, and Third Model 1873.
The serial number, located on the lower tang just aft of the lever, will be the leading indicator of the first, second, or third model. Becoming familiar with the features, serial number date ranges, and model variants are especially important when buying and valuing your Winchester 1873. Numerous collector books and websites will help clarify. One of the best sources, however, will always be the Winchester Arms Collectors Association.
A direct source of original information can be obtained by contacting the Winchester records department at the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming. The CFM houses Winchester’s original, handwritten factory records and is a surefire way to get the most accurate –and often interesting—story of your individual Model 1873. In addition, having a factory letter only further enhances the historical and monetary value of the piece.
How do we know with absolute certainty that the Model 1873 is still loved today? Nearly every reproduction company builds modern versions of the 1873 lever-action. Think Cimarron, Uberti, Taylor Co, Navy Arms, and even Winchester offer a version of the long gun. All of these are boomingly popular with cowboy action shooters, western re-enactors, and firearms aficionados alike.
One major caveat between the originals and many reproductions centers on the strength of action. Though Winchester’s toggle link of the original 1873 was groundbreaking at the time, it was not designed to withstand the pressures of some of today’s modern “hot” ammunitions.
Few things in life are finer than taking up a true survivor Winchester 1873 with the patina of walnut and handled steel, wondering what stories it has to tell, the places it’s been, and the history it holds. The fact that these original lever-actions are not only still in existence, but in fine, fireable condition nearly 150-years later speaks to the brilliance of the design, quality of the build, and legacy of this fine American firearm.
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