In a world of tacti-cool rifles, the rugged simplicity and clean lines of a lever-action rifle stand out.

If you’re a firearm owner and regular shooter, and you’ve been around the block a few times, then like me you’ve seen a lot of guns come and go. For whatever reason, one day they just aren’t on the rack anymore.

Most of the time, you won’t know the reason. It could’ve been the cost of manufacturing, low popularity, minor design flaws, or a combination of all of those things. Those of us who are long-time firearm enthusiasts can name several firearms we’ve known from the past that aren’t made anymore. But if you’re new to shooting stay with me here, because I’m going to pass on a little nugget of wisdom to you. For you long-time shooters who should know better, it’ll be more like a stern finger wag, because I KNOW you know this, or at least you should. Ok, here we go. Ready?

Buy yourself a lever-action rifle.

I can already hear your reactions, from the “Wait, what?” response to the “Pfft. Whatever. That’s my grandpa’s gun.” Some of you though, are nodding your heads in agreement because, in your wisdom, you know where I’m going with this. You see, you can go into nearly any gun store in America today and find lever-action rifles on the shelf. To the old timers (who don’t own one) and the newbies, you should ask yourself, “Why is that?”

Great question. After all, the lever-action has been around since 1860, and…stop right there. Let that sink in. 1860. That’s 154 years. Why would gun manufacturers still be making a weapon system which, modest modifications, cartridge, and metallurgy improvements aside is essentially the same system it was one-and-one-half centuries ago?

Because it works. But what does that mean? It means the lever-action rifle is a time-tested, low-maintenance firearm with a practical, modern-day application for hunting, self-defense and general recreation.

Here’s a few items to think about.

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