Pistol cal. leverguns seem to be pretty rare lately


January 27, 2012, 09:00 PM
And the Marlins are practically nonexistent.

I'm basing this on availability through online sources. I guess there could be some in local shops.

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January 27, 2012, 09:06 PM
Marlin is all but shut down due to new ownership, a plant move, and quality control problems. Used 1892's bring new gun prices and are gone right fast.

Winchester is out of the affordable lever-action business.

I suppose the Italians are having a hard time keeping up.

That leaves Henry, and Henry is uhhhh, Henry.


January 27, 2012, 09:36 PM
I was able to snag a pre-Remy Marlin 1894CSS off of gunbroker last year. After posting about my success on another website, I had offers of $900 to buy it. I'm never giving it up :neener:. They're the sweetest little shooters I've had and .357 out of an 18.5" barrel is nothing to sneeze at.

January 27, 2012, 09:40 PM
Rossi normally accounts for a decent share of the lever gun market, but I have word via NKJ that they've been focused on RioGrande production. The first new .357s and .454s I've seen online at Bud's in nearly a year sold out within 48hrs of their respective appearances just in the this last week. More might be coming, but you better wish-list them. I was lucky to be able to cash out a safe queen and tag one before they evaporated. Even the VIP reserve I saw them toss up disappeared overnight.

January 28, 2012, 07:46 AM
That leaves Henry, and Henry is uhhhh, Henry.

What's that mean? I personally think Henry makes a damn fine lever gun in all standard lever gun calibers. Their center-fire rifles are a little on the pricey side, but at least they're made in USA - even down to the material sources.

I personally don't care for the tube loading (as opposed to having a side loading gate), but other than that, I like Henry's stuff.

January 28, 2012, 09:15 AM
I have an old Marlin 44 Mag lever action that I've never had much use for. I've kept it only because I'm concerned that my Garand and my AR may become illegal someday.

Are you guys saying that it's worth some money now?

January 28, 2012, 09:43 AM
Are you guys saying that it's worth some money now?

You'd probably be surprised at what you would get on GB for it.

Marlin 45 carbine
January 28, 2012, 08:02 PM
a bit off topic but semi-auto PCC are scarce too - kel-tec is tough to find at all.

January 29, 2012, 07:02 AM
I have been keeping my eye out for a .357 lever to go with my half dozen .357 revolvers, but I cant find anything for less than $500.

kel-tec is tough to find at all

That may be good news for me, since I'm contemplating to sell my .40 Sub2K in order to finance a VEPR .308 purchase.

January 29, 2012, 09:52 AM
There are more lever guns on Gunbroker than you can shake a stick at.................

January 29, 2012, 11:22 AM
Yesterday I sold my Win 94 44 Magnum on the Texas Hunting Forum.

Float Pilot
January 29, 2012, 04:46 PM
It seems like the popularity of certain types of firearms comes and goes in waves.

In the 60s everyone wanted a custom built Mauser or Springfield with a Monte-carlo stock and high gloss finish.

In the 70s lots of folks up here wanted big magnums and also black-powder reproduction rifles and revolvers became the ting to buy.

In the late 70s and early 80s everyone wanted an AR that looked like a CAR-15 jungle carbine.

Then the M-1A became super popular.

In the 90s the Cowboy shooting sport took off and all the lever guns and old six-guns suddenly became worth twice what they were the day before.

Then Quigley made the Shiloh Sharps the thing to have,, no matter the $2000 price tag.

Now everyone wants to think they are a long range sniper.
So they buy $2,500 rifles with $2,000 Night Force scopes mounted on them.

January 29, 2012, 04:51 PM
I started looking for one of the original .41 mag 1894 Marlins about 15 years ago and could never find a nice one. Luckily, about 5 years ago I gave up and ordered an 1894FG in .41. This one has a curved lever, I wanted a straight one, and a microgroove barrel, I wanted Ballard-style cut rifling, but at least I have one. Now I cannot believe the prices they are getting. My next one will be a .357 mag. At least that will be easier to find than .41.

January 30, 2012, 12:28 AM
I got a new Braztech Model 92 clone in .45 Colt recently that I've been pretty happy with. The only thing that's a little odd about it is the "safety switch" on top of the bolt, which was apparently mandated by Federal gun import regulations. There's someone making an adjustable peep sight that's a direct replacement for it, which I'm seriously considering.

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