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Old 07-31-2007, 06:31 PM   #1
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Default Lever gun for defense?

Colonel Cooper once opined that the Winchester Model 94 was a better battle rifle than an AK. (1) Better ballistics. (2) Better trigger. (3) Better sights. The only drawback, he said, was that if you use it as a club it will break. I'm considering a Marlin .44 Magnum lever gun in stainless steel as a short-range urban defense gun (I figure if a looter is 150 yards away, he's not much of a threat).
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Old 07-31-2007, 08:15 PM   #2
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The problem with most rifles for self defense is over-penetration.

If your hypothetical looter is over 150 yds, pointing a rifle at you, he is indeed a threat. Take the shot.

I respect and admire the late Col. Cooper, but in some cases he remained in the early 20th century, while firearms and ammo has taken a giant leap forward.

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Personally, I would like the Marlin in 45LC, which can be loaded to higher velocities that 44Mag in the carbine. There is a significant 'cool factor' with lever guns. But, if you are going that route, why not consider an M1 Carbine? That way, you have a rifle with 150 yd range, is quickly reloaded with box magazines, has a peep sight, and will appreciate in value faster over time.

All that being said, I still like the AK better than either option. It's like a Timex watch - it takes a likkin and keeps on tickin'.

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Why not a lever for self defense? They worked pretty well in the 1800s.

Second the idea of the M1 Carbine. You can also find some new manufacture 30 rounders.

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If you are talking home defense not a bad idea. It is short, quick to point and swing in a hallway, can be bought used at a fairly low price. Reliable and not prone to as many problem as many autos when left in a closet for years without cleaning. The old 30/30 or 32 is still a man stopper at close range. Penetration through walls not as much as many military type loads. You do not have to explain as much to the authoritys when you state you found some scumbag in your house so you grabbed your "grandpa's old deer rifle" and fearing for you life confronted him. I prefer the 18" barrel 870 or Mossburg 500 for most of the same reasons. You won't hit your neighbor two houses away but it is harder to claim that it was your grandfather's old deer rifle.

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Some things you need to consider on the drawback of a lever gun (being the Devil's Advocate) are...

1. A Lever Gun is NOT Drop Safe (like an AK, AR, M1 etc) which means you must leave it in Transport Mode up until the moment you need it. High probability if you drop it with a cartridge in the chamber it will discharge

2. The chamber/barrel is not designed for rapid fire and thus under certain circumstances (such as a sustain fight in warm weather) could result in a cook-off. A lever gun is much more likely to cook off than a gun designed for rapid fire

3. Stock sights are not as rugged as battle sights and are not as effective in low or failing light situations. The rear sight notch is too tight and the front sight is too small. Plus they can be knocked out of alignment easily (Don't ask me how I know this!)

4. Tube magazines is a challenge to reload quickly while maintaining eye contact on the threat area when someone is under extreme stress. You can train to over come this.

5. In CQC during a retention situation you do not have the luxuary of being able to continue to fire even though a threat has their hands on the gun. You'll probably only have one shot at best as running the lever during a scuffle is not likely

6. Manipulating the lever in prone can be a challenge

7. In low light situations, unless you can rig up a weapon mounted light, you'll have a challenge of holding onto a light source AND running the lever or conducting combat or tactical reloads.

8. IF the lever gun has a malfunction...they are a son-of-a-gun to clear especally in low light scenarios AND when you're shaking from stress...and you don't have tools like a knife or screwdriver to clear the malfunction...many nervious hunters have experienced this when they short stroke a round or charge a cartridge into the tube backwards (from stress)

I'm not saying a lever gun won't work nor am I advocating you shouldn't use one...you just need to look at the plus/minus - assest/liablity equation and then train around them.

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Some things you need to consider on the drawback of a lever gun (being the Devil's Advocate) are...

1. A Lever Gun is NOT Drop Safe (like an AK, AR, M1 etc) which means you must leave it in Transport Mode up until the moment you need it. High probability if you drop it with a cartridge in the chamber it will discharge

2. The chamber/barrel is not designed for rapid fire and thus under certain circumstances (such as a sustain fight in warm weather) could result in a cook-off. A lever gun is much more likely to cook off than a gun designed for rapid fire

3. Stock sights are not as rugged as battle sights and are not as effective in low or failing light situations. The rear sight notch is too tight and the front sight is too small. Plus they can be knocked out of alignment easily (Don't ask me how I know this!)

4. Tube magazines is a challenge to reload quickly while maintaining eye contact on the threat area when someone is under extreme stress. You can train to over come this.

5. In CQC during a retention situation you do not have the luxuary of being able to continue to fire even though a threat has their hands on the gun. You'll probably only have one shot at best as running the lever during a scuffle is not likely

6. Manipulating the lever in prone can be a challenge

7. In low light situations, unless you can rig up a weapon mounted light, you'll have a challenge of holding onto a light source AND running the lever or conducting combat or tactical reloads.

8. IF the lever gun has a malfunction...they are a son-of-a-gun to clear especally in low light scenarios AND when you're shaking from stress...and you don't have tools like a knife or screwdriver to clear the malfunction...many nervious hunters have experienced this when they short stroke a round or charge a cartridge into the tube backwards (from stress)

I'm not saying a lever gun won't work nor am I advocating you shouldn't use one...you just need to look at the plus/minus - assest/liablity equation and then train around them.
Good post. I'll give it some thought. I posted the initial question quite some time ago; lately I've been thinking about a Ruger Mini-Thirty.

Moot point at the moment, anyway. Right now I couldn't afford a quality rubber-band gun.
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I'd want semi auto. Lever guns are pretty slow.

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Lever guns were the original assault weapon. I, personally, don't feel all that undergunned with my winchester 95 src. Fact is, the model 95 came in both military and civilian versions. It saw combat in ww1 and was used extensively by the arizona and texas rangers in a law enforcement capacity.

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This guy doesn't seem to be slow.
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