Pistols and hand guns were not the only type of guns that were once feared and used way back in the days of the Wild West. There were also such things as rifles, which were technically firearms except that they appeared and functioned differently. Rifles were obviously much larger than hand guns or revolvers, being elongated. Thus, they were held with both hands and fired from the shoulder.
The rifle got its name from the manner it was grooved. This particular pattern of grooves was then called “rifling”. Thus, the gun was then referred to as a “rifled gun”, which later on adopted a more popular name, the rifle. This gun type was initially used in some regions in Europe. The older models were called muskets. Then the principles behind the rifle were enhanced with modern technology and new rifle models came out. Many modern guns today like the assault rifle or the machine gun were based on the original rifle makeup.
Gun enthusiasts know very well that getting western rifles replicas were a good addition to their collection. While it does sound more ideal to have a collection of real guns, these replica guns make a more convenient alternative. They look just like the real thing, so it won’t make a difference if you use it as a display.
One such western rifle replica is the M1866 Western Rifle with Lever Action. This particular model packed a punch when shooting and possessed a unique feature among rifles, namely the lever action – the method used to refill the cartridges and bullets of the gun.
Another similarly featured rifle is the M1873 Lever Action Western Rifle. This one also has lever action and has a shiny silver plating to contrast the hard wood design of the rest of the firearm.
Western Rifle Replicas can make great displays at your home in almost any setting. These types of guns, however, give the best effect when they are displayed above the fireplace in a house with an old western look about it – pretty much like how they were kept and displayed back in the old days.