I’ve had many questions about why I picked the Rossi M92 over other rifles such as the Legacy Puma, the Marlin options, or Henry, or Uberti… etc. My selection of the Rossi example is by no means disparaging the others. They are all quite good Arms and if you have one, then it’s going to serve you well. Before I made my choice, I studied the Level Action platform very carefully, to include going through history books and talking to old cowboys (we still actually have those around here) and talking to new cowboys – The Cowboy Action Shooters. (We have a lot more of those around here) What I didn’t do was search internet gun forums past 3 minutes… because most of those were “Well, I use this so this is the best… no, I’ve not even seen any others, but this is the best because I have it.”
I selected the 92 design because of two things.
A. It’s light and compact platform… the form factor won me over here. The 16 inch carbine still gives me 8+1 rounds in the gun. That’s a good payload. Especially when you are talking about a cartridge that’s as potent as a .44 Magnum.
B. The 92’s action is very strong due to the dual locking lugs, yet it’s also very smooth. These factors contribute to make the Winchester 92 type one of the most ideal candidates for a fighting lever action.
The Rossi example of the breed is a well made carbine… it has two advantages of it’s own. The M92 is accessible with a lower cost point than others. And they can be pretty easy to find (unless you want one in .357 right at the moment) in most well stocked Gun Stores. The other thing is that under the rear sight, you will find that the M92 is drilled and tapped, ready to accept a scope base. This makes the Rossi a clear winner for those wanting to get a fighting lever action rifle quick and easy.
Taking it all into consideration, the Rossi M92 is just a delightful little Carbine. It’s so light and easy to handle… it’s amazing. It flies to the shoulder and up onto target very quickly.
If the Rossi has any downsides to it, first and more importantly is stupid little safety switch on top of the bolt. This needs to be removed or something. The second is the sights. I’d love to see these come with a simple Gold Bead on the front sight. Mossberg lever actions come with them… and that’s about the only good point of the Mossberg that I’ve seen so far. Gold Beads were the Trijicons of their day… and they still work today.