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Rossi/Puma 92 lever-action rifles

This is a discussion on Rossi/Puma 92 lever-action rifles within the Non-XD Handguns forums, part of the Other Handgun Talk category; How do these compare to Marlins or other US makers of lever-action rifles? I hear the 92 action is better for the shorter pistol cartridges ...


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Old 10-31-2009, 06:47 PM   #1
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Rossi/Puma 92 lever-action rifles

How do these compare to Marlins or other US makers of lever-action rifles?
I hear the 92 action is better for the shorter pistol cartridges than the 94 action of Marlins.
Here is a stainless 92 with 16" barrel in .38/.357 Mag.
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They seem to be decent lever guns for the money. Following is a Gunblast review on the Rossi 92. Steve Young: Rossi Model 92 Specialist

Considering that Marlin isn't currently building the 94 in 357 Magnum, it's about the only game in town. BTW, Sports South (a distributor) is currently showing the 20 inch version in stock.

As for the Puma, it's currentlly imported by Legacy and built by Chiappa in Italy. In another Gunblast review they tested a Legacy 92 in 454 Casull and one nice feature of that gun was that it could be loaded by either the side gate or by pulling the magazine follower and loading the tube directly. I would consider this a real plus because it means that unloading the rifle doesn't require cycling a full magazine of live rounds through the action. However I could find no mention of this feature on the Legacy web site.

One other thing to remember is that all of the lever guns were not truly "drop safe". When they were designed a half cock position was the only safety feature incorporated into the design and a hammer fall from half cock could cause a "sensitive" primer to ignite. As a result, you want to be VERY familiar with the features of your specific choice and NOT carry with a live round in the chamber unless it incorporates a true hammer blocking safety mechanism. The Rossi has a hammer block, however it's a bit of a kludge and I wouldn't rely on it.
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I wish people would tell Marlin they are not building a 1894 lever action in .357.

Marlin Model 1894C

Winchester built the Model 94.
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Cannibul, that is kind of a nit pick, sort of like my insistance that "allen wrenches" should be called Hex Keys. For what it's worth, all of the patents on the original design have long expired so that any maker can exactly duplicate the original design, sort of the same reason why so many different makers build a "1911" pistol.

The good news is that Marlin re-designed the original model 94 design so that the Marlins feature a true hammer block safety. The bad news is that I don't think that Marlin has built one single model of the 1894 in at least a year.

BTW, to the OP. I did some poking around on Davidsons last night and they have the 16 inch 357 Rossi 92 in stock as well as a few of the Puma 92's in 357. I also noted that the Puma's list for about the same price as the Marlin 1894's and the Rossi's are a bit of a bargain. Unfortunately, they are still bone dry on Marlins.

BTW, I have found the best way to purchase a specific firearms is to search the distributors and then find a local dealer for that distributor. I obtained my S&W model 610 by doing this and had the gun in my hand in 3 working days after placing an order and got an excellent price on it. Bottomline, it's much faster ordering from a distributor's warehouse than trying to order from a manufacturer and some dealers give a very good discount from list on these orders. If you find something you like, do the dealer search and check 3 or 4 local dealers on price. I saved over 100 bucks on my 610 by price shopping Sports South dealers in my area.
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