Lever Action Rifles

RIA: Russian Winchester 1895 in 7.62x54R

February 2, 2016 Ian McCollum 63

The Winchester 1895 was the last of Winchester’s lever-action rifles, and has an interesting place in a couple different parts of world history. On the one hand, the 1895 in .405 Winchester caliber is known […]

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Lever Action Rifles

Colt-Burgess 1883 Carbine at RIA

November 27, 2014 Ian McCollum 8

The 1883 Colt-Burgess was the Colt company’s single, brief endeavor to enter the lever action “cowboy” rifle market. Winchester had been making some moves to break into Colt’s lucrative shotgun and pistol markets, and Colt […]

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Lever Action Rifles

Spencer Rifle Conversion at RIA

November 13, 2014 Ian McCollum 22

The Spencer repeating rifle was a major leap forward in infantry firepower, and more than one hundred thousand of them were purchased by the US military during the Civil War. The Spencer offered a 7-round […]

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Battle of the Greasy Grass

June 25, 2014 Ian McCollum 46

On this day 138 years ago, the combined forces of the Cheyenne, Sioux, and Arapaho tribes delivered a staggering defeat to the US Army’s 7th Cavalry under the command of General George Armstrong Custer. The […]

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Lever Action Rifles

Russian Winchester 1895 (Video)

December 30, 2013 Ian McCollum 27

By the 1890s, Winchester had established an extremely successful business in lever-action rifles. John Browning’s designs for the 1886, 1892, and 1894 models had proven very popular, and so Winchester (seeing the potential of the […]

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Lever Action Rifles

Ball Repeating Carbine (Video)

December 16, 2013 Ian McCollum 9

The Ball Repeating Carbine was one of the last Civil War arms manufactured, as an initial order of 1,002 units was ordered in 1864 but not delivered until shortly after the cessation of hostilities in […]