In the mid-1800s, people loved the famous repeating rifle, the ‘73 lever action. Capitalizing on this, the Winchester lever action shotgun was born. Over the years several other companies have also produced a lever action shotgun, but Winchester’s will always hold the hearts and minds of the American public.
History Of The Lever Action Shotgun
The first lever action shotgun was designed for Winchester by John Browning and is the Model 1887. The first successful repeating shotgun, the 1887 was made in both a ten and twelve gauge.
When smokeless shells were introduced, Winchester realized the 1887 wasn’t strong enough to handle those loads, so the Model 1901 was designed. Nearly a century later Winchester turned out the Model 9410, a .410 gauge lever action, which was highly acclaimed and garnered a lot of attention at shows.
In the end, there were less than 80,000 Winchester lever action shotguns produced.
Why Choose Winchester
The quality of Winchester’s firearms is unquestioned as the company has been a leader of firearms production and innovation for over a century. Being the first company to successfully create a usable repeating rifle and shotgun goes a long way to demonstrate Winchester’s dedication and innovation.
The Winchester Model 9410
The only modern lever action rifle that Winchester has, the 9410 is chambered for .410 shells and is unique among the rifles in the Winchester line. Based on the Winchester ’94 rifle, this shotgun has had few adjustments other than what’s necessary to turn it into a shotgun.
The .410 loads don’t shoot as far as a ten or twelve gauge, but having a ten round capacity more than makes up for it. This shotgun is fun to shoot and will cause a stir at the range as traditionalists think you’re firing a rifle. Just remember the lever must go completely forward to eject the shell.