NOTES FROM GUNSITE’S ART OF THE LEVER GUN CLASS
Running a lever gun is like running a pump-action shotgun. Ammo management is key. Keep extra rounds at your finger tips and learn to automatically top off the gun. Run the gun from the ejection por t and practice shoot-one-load-one drills to get faster.
Load with your head up — don’t sacrifice situational awareness while reloading
Loading over 100 rounds with a 45-70, we felt no shame in wrapping athletic tape on our thumb.
The hammer stays uncocked until it’s time to work. Just like pressing out with a pistol, habitualize cocking the rifle as it comes up to the shoulder.
Work the reload lever while the gun’s shouldered and maintain your sight picture.
Nobody likes cross-bolt safeties on a lever gun. But the alternative is pulling the trigger and lowering the hammer. Yikes.
The guns handle well. Take advantage by practicing the motions of getting a slung rifle into action. Two well-known options are African Carr y (rifle on suppor t side, muzzle down) and American
Carry (strong side, muzzle up) using a Rhodesian-style sling with a standing arm loop.