Lever Action Rifles

RIA: Marlin 1897 Bicycle Rifle

February 23, 2016 Ian McCollum 27

Marlin’s 1892 lever action rifle in .22 rimfire caliber proved to be a very popular firearm, and so the company released an improved version in 1897, offered only as a rimfire takedown model. The 1897 […]

Lever Action Rifles

RIA: Whitney-Scharf Lever-Action Rifle

February 18, 2016 Ian McCollum 10

The Whitney-Scharf was the final rifle manufactured by the Whitney company before it was bought out and closed down by Winchester in 1888. Only about 2,000 of these rifles were made before that time.

Lever Action Rifles

RIA: Russian Winchester 1895 in 7.62x54R

February 2, 2016 Ian McCollum 64

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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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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Spencer Rifle Conversion at RIA

November 13, 2014 Ian McCollum 23

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 […]