‘Tactical’ lever guns have recently become a popular option for lever-action enthusiasts. At one point in time, these were only offered by a small group of gunsmiths.
We put the Marlin 1894 Classic in 44 Magnum through a rigorous review process – featuring shot timer, ammo, and turkey destruction
I’ve been using this gun for the last couple of months and sharing it with other shooters at the range. Let me show you what it is, how it shoots, and why this might just be a great gun despite some of the negative talk.
Lever guns are one of those rare American-made and designed firearms. They are deeply tied to our culture and are often seen as a representation of the American cowboy rifle.
For myself, the very word “Marlin” has always meant a lever action chambered in that workhouse caliber, the .30-30 Winchester.
Marlin Firearms made big news recently by launching its first rifle since being acquired in 2020 by Sturm, Ruger and Company: the Marlin Model 1895 SBL chambered in the potent .45-70 Govt., and manufactured in Mayodan, North Carolina. Ruger, as was widely reported, purchased Marlin after the Remington Outdoor Company declared bankruptcy and its assets were sold, including the Marlin brand.
Most people don’t think of lever actions when they consider modern self-defense rifles mostly because they were the military, law enforcement, and civilian choice of the late 1800s. The libtards aren’t as threatened by them and you can still own them in places like New York. By design, they weren’t originally made to mount optics, lights, lasers, or suppressors. Turns out that with a few modifications they work fantastic for all of that though.
Even at a quick glance, it’s immediately obvious to lever gun fans that there’s something different about the new Henry Magnum Express rifle, which is chambered in .22 WMR. The rifle is entirely devoid of fixed sights. While that may seem to be a sacrilegious omission to some, it’s entirely by design. The Magnum Express is specifically designed to be used with optics, and that’s a big plus for those who like to hunt small game or dispatch varmints with the most potent .22 rimfire cartridge, or those with aging eyes that don’t work so well with iron sights.
If you have a Henry, but you want to get the absolute most out of it, this is a set of modifications worth looking into.
The Turnbull Winchester 1886 rifle we tested is a spectacular firearm. The color casehardening, in particular, is extraordinary. We had zero malfunctions, the rifle shot well, and carried nicely in the hand and in a saddle scabbard. Accuracy was good.