From its use in the Civil War, the Wild West, and all the way to the 1960s Spaghetti Westerns, carbine lever action rifles have carved a place for themselves in our hearts. Despite this, some believed they were a thing of the past, but carbines are seeing a resurgence as people work to keep the skills of our predecessors.
What is a Lever Action Carbine
A carbine is a shorter rifle, usually between 16 and 24 inches long. They’re designed to be light, maneuverable, and easily carried in a saddle scabbard, though it may not be used for the last one very often. Most carbines made these days are semi-automatic, but the one that made carbines famous was a lever action.
A lever action rifle uses a lever located on the underside of the rifle – that doubles as the trigger guard – to cycle the cartridges. Originally, these were one of the fastest shooting firearms available, for quite a few years. A skilled shooter can fire so quickly that it sounds like a drumroll, and fire from the hip, too.
Examples of Carbines
The Big Boy Carbine is made by Henry and is a remake of the original Big Boy. Chosen to be made as a carbine to make it lighter and more maneuverable, this rifle fires a .45 Colt LC cartridge. It has a transfer bar safety, an octagonal barrel, and a stock made from American walnut, which gives this rifle a pleasing look.
Winchester Repeating Arms has the 1892 Large Loop Carbine has all the things that helped the 1892 sell over 1 million rifles, with one tiny addition, a larger loop on the lever. Otherwise, it fires .357 Magnum cartridges, is very lightweight at only 6 pounds, and has a capacity of 10+1. It also has a Grade I Walnut stock and a blued steel barrel to polish it off.
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