Winchester 94AE Trapper with 16 inch barrel
I'm basically a mil surp guy. All firearms I've bought have been military. Still, I've found lever action rifles interesting, although some guys call them "cowboy guns." I'm not big into the cowboy era, though many movies and TV series used it when I was growing up... maybe, that's why I'm not fond of them!
I admit to being fascinated with lever action rifle used in classic TV western series, "The Rifleman," starring Chuck Connors. The Winchester '92, which Connors used, had an adjustable screw threaded into the trigger guard to trip the trigger every time the lever was slammed home. Connors was able to crank off nine shots in an eye-blinking 1-1/2 seconds! Rick Hacker wrote in The American Rifleman, "...there's no trick photography; Connors was as fast as he looked. I know because I had the pleasure of knowing Chuck in later years." Of course, the actor was also an athlete, who played both professional baseball and basketball. Steve McQueen used a modified '92 in his Television series, "Wanted Dead or Alive."
The '92 was a modified Winchester 73, known as "The Rifle which Won the West." Oddly enough, Custer was defeated at the Battle of Little Big Horn, because the Indians had repeating rifles, and his men did not.
I bought a Winchester '94AE (angle eject) Trapper Model. Like the '92, it is a version of the venerable Winchester 73. The one I got is a saddle ring carbine, which fires a 30-30 round. It has a loop style lever, similar to the one used in The Rifleman. I know there are people who find that lever-style cumbersome, but it is cool.
I figure the '94 would make a nice rifle to take into the wilderness on my ATV. Most say it is a good all-around rifle. Not sure whether it is as good a choice as my Norinco NHM-91 (pictured in my avatar), the Chinese RPK variant of the AK-47.
So, how do lever action rifles compare to bolt action firearms? I found an interesting review of how they compare in speed. See, Action Type and Rate Of Fire (Part One).
How does the Winchester '94AE compare to other lever action rifles? Some say Henry is better than Winchester.
Anyone care to discuss pluses and minuses?