Lever guns for self defense? Its 2015 why would anyone go lever action when semi-autos are in?
Lever action rifles were used to win the western frontier.
The threats they faced back in the late 1800s are still the same threats we face today. So why would we pick a rifle that can only hold 6-15 rounds in a tube fed rifle?
Here are some more reasons why lever actions aren’t that crazy as self defense guns.
For starters, there are a few states that are making the purchase of an AR-15 very difficult. Without getting into the political climate of ARs and AKs, you can quickly move passed these rifles and pick up another, and cash in on more ballistics power as a result. An AK can offer 1,600 ft-lbs of energy, and an AR can offer 1,500 ft-lbs. Compare that to the stopping power of a Marlin 336, which uses 30-30 Winchester, and now you’re in the range of 2,100 ft-lbs of energy.
If you look at the pistol caliber lever action rifles, you can get tubes that hold 10 rounds. Each round can deliver as much as 1,100 ft-lbs of energy. While you can get heavy rounds such as the .357 Mag or .44 Mag in the rifle, you likely won’t be able to find a semi-auto that feeds those larger revolver-type rounds.
The price of a lever action rifle is also considerably lower than those of AR and AK platforms. While you can definitely find a budget semi-auto rifle, you will likely get stuck having to add modifications if your state has restrictions like California and New York. Bullet buttons, pistol grip modifications, and magazine limiters are all obstacles that will cost you more.
You can bypass all of the red tape with a reliable lever action rifle, and still get solid defensive capabilities from a well over 100 year old platform.