Lever Action Rifle

About this course:

There is something iconic about a lever action rifle, after all, it was the rifle that won the West.

Today they are still popular for hunting, competitions, and as personal protection guide guns when hunting in territories with dangerous animals.  As more and more states pass restrictions on semi-automatic rifles and rifles with detachable magazines, the lever gun is regaining a place as self-defense weapon.

This class will teach you how to get the most out of a lever gun.  Even if you don’t currently have a lever action rifle, you can rent one of ours and find out what to look for when you go to purchase.

You will practice the following:

  • Weapon Manipulation
  • Multiple Targets and Rapid Fire
  • Speed Reloads
  • Tactical Reloads
  • Close Contact Drills
  • Weapon Retention Drills

Equipment Required:

  • Lever Action Rifle (see list and rental options below)
  • 200 rounds of ammunition (see notes below)
  • Belt mountable Cartridge Loop carrier (see below)
  • Buttstock Cartridge Loop carrier (see below)
  • Eye and Ear protection
  • Gloves are recommended

Rifle Notes:

The ideal gun for this course is a 1894 Marlin, 1873 Winchester (or clone), 1892 Winchester (or clone) or 1866 Winchester (or clone).

Preferred calibers are .357/.38,   .44   or .45 Long Colt

30-30 or 45-70 will work, but be advised the ammunition is much more expensive and the actions are much stiffer to work rapidly.

If you have a pull tube fed .22lr you may bring it and learn how to run it efficiently, but you will need to rent one of our gate fed rifles for some of the speed reload drills.

If you have a non-gate fed Henry Big Boy you will also need to rent one of our gate fed rifles for certain drills.

Rifle should be open site, or a small reflex type site such as a holographic or red dot.  Magnified optics will need to be removed for the course unless you can still co-witness your iron sites.  This course is designed for speed shooting more so than distance accuracy.

Ammunition Notes:

Lead bullets only (flat nose preferred) – this is for safety reasons when shooting steel

Ammunition should have a velocity under 1,400 fps.  (45-70 is 300 grain, 30-30 is 170 grain approximately)

Ammunition Carry notes:

Belt Mountable Loop Carrier Example:  https://www.amazon.com/Allen-Pouch-Rifles-Cartridge-Loops/dp/B071G7N6X4

Buttstock Loop Carrier Example:  https://www.amazon.com/s?k=allen+206+buttstock+rifle+cartridge+holder&i=sporting&crid=243LKJM5NS20S&sprefix=Allen+20%2Csporting%2C169&ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_8

Rental Options:

We will have rifles available to use during the course.  Please let us know during registration that you will require a rental.  Cost will be paid to the instructor at the start of class.  Ammunition will need to be purchased separately from us at current dealer cost and paid to the instructor.  We will inform you of ammo cost approximately 1 week prior to the course.


General firearms safety knowledge


Open to ages 14+ with parent attending



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