Lever action rifles may not be the best option for anything anymore. That may or may not be debatable, but they seem to be a goodoption for almost everything. You can debate with me about that all you want, and I’ll just nod and smile.

Here on the East Coast of the good ol’ US of A they make phenomenal hunting arms. Everybody calls them “brush” guns in a semi-disparaging way. Though I don’t really hunt much these days, I can’t recall many circumstances that I would have needed to reach out beyond the range of a good lever gun.

This past year I decided to “tactify” one—a newish, Marlin 336 30-30 to be exact.  Well truthfully, I just decided to set it up in a configuration that I thought could function equally well in two very unlikely scenarios: namely, that I find time to go hunting or that I find myself in need of another long gun as we defend the homestead.

I live in an urban context, so please do recognize the tongue pressed firmly against my inner cheek.