New Lever Action Rifles for 2022

Once used almost exclusively by hunters and Wild West re-enactors, the lever action rifle has made a comeback as of late due to its speed and ease of operation.

posted on May 2, 2022
New Lever Action Rifles for 2022

No matter if it's a classic .30-30 hunting rifle or the rifle on the cowboy's saddle, the lever action rifle has held a special place in the history of American gun culture. The lever gun isn't just a thing of the past, however. More and more of today's shooters are realizing just how handy it can be, especially in locales that limit the use of standard capacity removable magazines. Here's what's in the lever action world for 2022.

Big Horn Armory  Model 89 Black ThunderBig Horn Armory | Model 89 Black Thunder
New for 2022 is the Big Horn Armory Model 89 Black Thunder. Designated the Model 89BT, Black Thunder is optimally sized, perfectly configured and ideally chambered in powerful .500 S&W Mag.  With its handy 16.25-inch barrel, it is a quick-handling, rapid-shooting carbine that is perfect for home defense or survival situations.

▶ Black-nitrided stainless steel construction
▶ Black-laminate stock
▶ Skinner sights
▶ Scout rail

Caliber: .500 S&W Mag.
Magazine Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 16.25 inches
Overall Length: 36 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 6 ounces
MSRP: $2,699
(307) 586-3700

Henry Repeating Arms  Long Ranger ExpressHenry Repeating Arms | Long Ranger Express
Bridging the gap between the accuracy of a turnbolt and the speed of a levergun, Henry’s Long Ranger Express features a six-lug rotary bolt, aerospace-grade construction and a  freefloat barrel to foster unparalleled accuracy.

▶ Weather-resistant birchwood laminate furniture
▶ Solid-rubber black recoil pad
▶ Picatinny optics rail
▶ Threaded muzzle

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 16.5 inches
Overall Length: 37 inches
Weight: 7 pounds
MSRP: $1,235
(866) 200-2354

Marlin  M1895 SBLMarlin | M1895 SBL
Last year, Ruger purchased the Marlin brand and is currently producing the Marlin 1895 SBL with subtle improvements, such as a receiver and large-loop lever machined from stainless steel forgings, an attractive nickel-plated spiral-fluted bolt and its barrel is cold hammer forged in-house and deliver superb accuracy.

▶ Threaded barrel and thread protector
▶ Wide-loop lever
▶ Picatinny rail with an integral ghost-ring rear aperture and fiber-optic/tritium front post
▶ Nickel-plated bolt with spiral flutes

Caliber .45-70 Gov’t
Magazine Capacity 6 rounds
Barrel Length 19 inches
Overall Length 37.25 inches
Weight 7 pounds, 4 ounces
MSRP $1,399
(336) 949-5200


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