Lever action is a form of firearm action which uses a lever situated round the trigger guard region (normally including the trigger guard itself) to load clean cartridges into the chamber of the barrel when the lever is worked.
This comparisons to bolt action, semiautomatic, or selective-fire weapons. Most lever action firearms are rifles, but some lever action shotguns along with a couple of pistols also have been made. Some of the very most popular lever action firearms is the Winchester Model 1873 rifle, but a lot of manufacturing companies– Savage and notably Marlin –additionally make lever action rifles. Mossberg makes the 464 in centerfire .30-30 and rimfire .22.
While the expression lever action usually means a repeating firearm, additionally it is occasionally (and incorrect) applied to various single shot, or falling-block actions that use a lever for cycling, including the Martini Henry or the Ruger No. 1.
While lever action rifles were (and are) popular with hunters and sport shots, they weren’t broadly accepted by the military. One major reason behind this was that it’s more difficult to fire a lever action from the prone position (compared to a straight-pull or rotating-bolt bolt action rifle), and while nominally have a greater rate of fire (modern Winchester ads maintained their rifles could fire 2 shots a second) than bolt action rifles, lever action firearms are also usually fed from a tubular magazine, which restricts the kind of ammo that may be utilized in them.