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Rossi Model 92 Lever-Action Carbine

Rossi Model 92 Lever-Action Carbine

The Truth About Guns

The Truth About Guns

USA - -(Ammoland.com)- What’s a lever-loving rifleman to do if he’s got a hankering for a pistol-caliber carbine?

Marlins are garbage these days, and the rest of the lot (Henrys, Winchesters, Ubertis, Pedersolis and Cimarrons) are gorgeous and expensive heirlooms, almost too beautiful to carry afield.

If you’re looking for a working man’s cowboy carbine, Rossi’s Model 92 is the last man standing.

How well does this $450 almost-SBR stack up against the other levers we’ve tested? Could it be, dollar for dollar, the best lever-action value out there? . . .

Let’s start right up there at the muzzle.

Sights
The Model 92 follows The Cowboy Way when it comes to sighting equipment: a brass-beaded post up front and a semi-buckhorn leaf at the rear. The post is drift-adjustable for windage and the rear leaf has an elevation ramp.
Image: Chris Dumm for TTAG

Plastic bottle, I’m only gonna tell you once: there ain’t room in this town for the two of us.

I’m not a huge fan of any kind of buckhorn rear sights, even though they are historically correct. This photo is a bit misleading, because a proper buckhorn sight picture puts the tip of the post at the bottom of the huge rear ‘notch’ instead of the top. This sight picture would send your bullet over the top of the target at any feasible range.
B-Square Sporting Rifle Mount

Iron sights just don’t work for some shooters, often due to poor eyesight. B-Square sells this aluminum no-gunsmith mount for about $40. It’s cheap and easily removed, but it looks like an ugly and uncomfortable abomination. Although it’s slightly offset to the left (more discomfort) it also looks like it could deflect ejected cases back into the open action. Even at this price, I’m not particularly tempted to go this route. You just don’t do this sort of thing to a rifle like this; if you want long-range precision you won’t find it with a pistol-caliber saddle carbine anyway.

If you want better sights, have your gunsmith install a Williams or Lyman rear peep sight with a wide-open rear aperture and put a higher-visibility bead up front. This will improve both your speed and precision without sacrificing the cowboy vibe of your cowboy carbine.

Fiber-optic sights are another unobtrusive option, but if you absolutely must put a scope on a saddle-ring carbine like this, make it a long eye-relief ‘scout’ scope and mount it as low as you can. You’ll give up some cowboy cred but you’ll gain some accuracy and target-spotting ability. Rossi sells a fitted Weaver rail section that screws to the barrel for about $15, but you’ll have to remove the rear sight to install it.

Accuracy
As I mentioned, this gun ain’t a tackdriver and ….

Read the rest or our Rossi Model 92 Lever-Action Carbine Rifle Review at The Truth About Guns Blog: http://tiny.cc/fwie1w

 

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  • 3 User comments to “Rossi Model 92 Lever-Action Carbine”

    1. Dallas Bruhn on August 7, 2013 at 8:31 AM said:

      After all is said and done, I will keep my Marlin 30-30 saddle gun.

    2. Rossi must have improved their production quality because this article seems to suggest they have. I own a late 60`s Rossi Stagecoach mdl 20ga Side X Side that proved to be Crap. With extensive trigger modifications and firing pin material improvement I finally got it to last more than 10 rounds in the field hunting waterfowl. I hope that this Mdl 92 carbine is of better quality. I`ll just keep my (old) 30-30 Winchester with iron sights Ive used to take everything from small fur bearing animals to Mule Deer and one elk.

    3. c.w.jackson on September 7, 2014 at 2:16 PM said:

      I have a Rossi mdl 92 lever action in 38-357 cal. and it operates just find. It is a couple years old.

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