Lever-action rifles were among the first "repeaters," and they're known for good reason as the guns that won the American West. Make no mistake; the lever-action platform may be old school, but it's definitely learned some new tricks. Henry Repeating Arms' new Long Ranger Express is a re-imagining of the lever gun as a 21st-century tactical tackdriver, and as such it has earned a review as an NRA Gun of the Week.
With its birch laminate furniture and classical blued steel, this rifle appears at first to be a standard, no-frills lever-action rifle. A closer look, however, reveals that the Long Ranger Express features a carbine-length barrel that's stamped with a chambering they didn't have in 1876: .223/5.56mm. That's a big plus for preppers and those who like to have multiple firearms capable of accepting the same caliber. You'll also note that it has no iron sights. Instead, it comes from the factory with a Picatinny rail so you can install the optic of your choice. Its barrel is also threaded for some devices that weren't invented until the early 20th century, like suppressors and muzzle brakes.