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Lever-action rifles use a lever to load cartridges and unload empty cases. Pull the lever downward, away from the stock and forward until it stops, and then pull it back up toward the stock. Working the lever moves cartridges from the magazine into the chamber. It also cocks the hammer for firing.

Lever-action firearm

Once a lever-action gun is cocked, the only way to uncock it is to hold the hammer and squeeze the trigger. This is very difficult for beginning shooters to do! Uncocking lever-action guns requires skill, strength, and practice! Not all shooters can handle this firearm safely.

Many lever-action rifles have tubular magazines. Some lever-action rifles have box magazines. Flat-nosed bullets are recommended for tubular magazines.

Video: How a Lever-Action Rifle Fires