Ahhhh, the sickness has set in, once again. Nope not the latest novel Corona virus, not the flu, not even my Teri Garr obsession (not a creepy stalker) Nope. Its my Lever gun thing https://www.brickmania.com/brickarms-lever-action-rifle/ OK, LEGOS are cool, but I like shooting my toys. And getting my boom sticks ready for the SHTF party. Does the old lever gun have a place in today's tacticool high speed low drag world? One would think not but that hasn't stopped the lever men from trying with the "Dark" packages. Even Rossi has an offering in the R92. But why bother in an AR & AK world? Nobody will ever see a lever rifle fielded by any modern military in any conflict theater. So why try to bring the lever up to spec? If I were to guess, its to get me to spend my money. Let me count the ways for a Marlin 1894: Carrier $110 https://www.marlinspares.com/product/improved-1894-carrier-assembly/ Rugged Winged Iron Sight $150 http://www.skinnersights.com/tactical_sights_14.html Extractor $58 https://www.rangerpointstore.com/marlin-1894-feed-issues-m-94-extractor-claw-2017-all-new-design/ Ejector Spring $35 https://www.wildwestguns.com/product/bear-proof-ejector/ One Piece Firing Pin $25 https://www.marlinspares.com/product/single-piece-stainless-steel-firing-pin/ Load Gate Lightened $45 https://www.rangerpointstore.com/marlin-loading-gate-spring-flyweight-fast-easy-smooth/ Scout Optic Mount $71 https://www.xssights.com/Detail.aspx?PROD=993400&CAT=8289 Handguard Tactical $168-$159 https://www.rangerpointstore.com/marlin-mlok-aluminum-handguard https://www.midwestindustriesinc.com/product-p/mi-marmr.htm Lever Large or Medium $140 https://www.rangerpointstore.com/marlin-loop-levers-black-nitride-1894-336-308-338-444-1895-450m/ Magazine Follower $28 https://www.rangerpointstore.com/marlin-aluminum-magazine-followers-self-cleaning/ Possibly a stock painting $30? That's $860 (not including shipping) of upgrades I can put on my Marlin right now on a gun that already does its job as is. And we don't stop there, nope, there's the venerable 1892 pattern to dress up also. Before you guys holler at me, I already pulled the trigger on the optics mount and a cheap little red dot. I figured that's the best way to bring a lever gun up to speed as a usable defensive weapon.