The Ultimate Lever Gun Makeover

Give your lever-action a purpose-built makeover with the following products.

posted on December 21, 2021
Lever Gun accessories

A. Designed for 1894/95 Marlins with a handguard cap, Midwest Industries’ MI-MARMR Marlin M-Lok Handguard further amps up the lever gun’s adaptability by enabling it to be supplemented with dedicated accessories via M-Lok rails. Measuring slightly more than 13.5 inches long and build from 6061 hardcoat-anodized aluminum, it features a forward-mounted sling swivel. Slim and lightweight, it increases your rifle’s weight by a mere 6 ounces. One, five-slot M-Lok rail section is included. MSRP: $169.95;

B. Featuring a molded-rubber pad formed directly into its heavy-duty nylon webbing, the Quake Industries’ Contour Sling provides all-grip, no-slip purchase once it contacts one’s clothing or shoulder. Its flared, ergonomic design stretches a half-inch to securely cup the shoulder and distribute the firearm’s weight, minimizing fatigue while simultaneously maximizing stability and comfort. A slide offers fast adjustment, while QD swivels make installation easy. MSRP: $20;

C. Constructed from lightweight, aircraft-grade aluminum, XS Sights’ Mossberg 464 Optics Mounts and Ghost Ring Sights are hardcoat-anodized for enhanced durability and scratch resistance. Hassle-free installation allows use of the rear-sight dovetail and front receiver screw holes. The kit includes everything required to upgrade the sights and add the welcome versatility of an optic. They are available for the Mossberg 464 and 464 SPX chambered in .30-30 Win. and are not compatible with the rimfire variant. MSRP: $104;

D. Wild West Guns’ Big Loop Lever is CNC machined and wire cut to be the perfect addition to 1894 Straight Stock, 1895 Pistol Grip and 1895 Straight Stock Marlins. The large-loop lever is ideal for those with large/gloved hands and is ergonomically designed to be cycled while looking down the sight, making for faster and more accurate follow-up shots. Colors include blue and silver. Minor gunsmithing may be required. MSRP: $179;

E. Available for rifle cartridges or shotshells, Elite Survival Systems’ Velcro Ammo Reload Strips feature six elastic loops for spare ammo. Each strip is backed with hook-and-loop fasteners for easy mounting. Available colors include black, coyote tan and Multicam. MSRP: $14.95;


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