Not a bad article. I love my lever-actions, but I don't think that they need to be tactical "X" versions to fill a self-defense role. My .357 Henry Big Boy is the classic brass version that would look awesome mounted above a fireplace, but it will make just as big a hole and fire just as fast as a blacked-out version with a rail. Same goes for my .44 mag Marlin 1894. I have no problem with shooters picking tactical leverguns with lights and optics if that's their style, but I'm the type of traditionalist who can't even bring himself to mount a scope on one.