Lever-Action Rifles For The Modern Age?

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When I was a kid, like every little boy of the time, I think, I watched cowboy shows like John Wayne movies and the Lone Ranger. It was the most exciting thing in the world imagining that I lived in a rough and tumble old west where I could be the hero and fight outlaws.

Other than the revolvers that all heroes (and many villains) carried on their hips, the firearm of choice was a lever–action rifle. You could get behind a tree or barricade of some kind and pretend to shoot at the bad guys with your rifle to save the day.

Now, of course, when I was a kid, I was playing with toy guns, not real firearms, but lever–action rifles were a real thing, and one company decided to update that type of firearm for the modern age. The American Rifleman Staff brings us details about this rifle:

Patriot Ordnance Factory, known for unique designs like its Revolution rifle and Phoenix large-format pistol, announced the launch of one of the company’s most innovative designs: the Tombstone lever-action rifle. Unlike traditional lever-action designs, the Tombstone is chambered in 9 mm Luger and feeds from a 20-round detachable box magazine. POF-USA bills the gun as the “first-ever 9 mm production lever-action.”

The article continues:

Built on a unique aluminum receiver, the POF-USA Tombstone incorporates an enlarged, angular lever loop for loading. Sitting atop the receiver is a milled Picatinny rail for optics, which includes an integrated ghost-ring rear sight from XS Sights. At the rear of the receiver is an external hammer, which provides a half-cock position for safety, and the gun’s proprietary, non-adjustable straight trigger is set for a 3.5-lb. pull weight.

Also, for those interested in the ability to customize, “the POF-USA Tombstone is compatible with other aftermarket buttstocks designed for the Remington 870.”

If you’d like to see the Tombstone in action, you can see that firearm at work in the video below.

You’ll notice the sight on the rifle in the picture above, and in the video, you likely noticed the magazine allowing this rifle to go longer between reloads than a traditional lever–action rifle. And, of course, the all–black tactical look.

All–in–all, if you’re one of those kids who grew up wanting to be the hero in a cowboy movie (or if you’d just like an interesting upgrade to a classic style of firearm), the Patriot Ordinance Factory Tombstone rifle may be one to consider.

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