The lever-action carbine has been a stalwart for personal protection for more than a century, with cowboys, cops and hunters all relying upon its handiness and reliability. With its synthetic six-position AR-style stock and tri-rail fore-end, Mossberg’s Model 464 SPX lever-action rifle, reviewed here, is obviously not the lever gun of John Wayne’s generation. Rather, it’s more like the lever gun of the new millennium.
The 464 action is based on that of the venerable John Browning-designed Winchester Model 94. Interestingly, the first model of the 464 was unveiled in early 2008— shortly after Winchester announced it would no longer be making standard Model 94s in the United States. The move was a savvy one on Mossberg’s part because it positioned the company to fill the gap left by Winchester for a lever-action carbine that still has a tremendous following.