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Terminology & Nomenclature

Lever Action

Note: The Lever action is utilized in the design and function of rifles, shotguns and pistols. This illustration exhibits the primary characteristics of a rifle. Although most component parts are applicable in a revised configuration to both the shotgun and pistol categories, relatively few representative models exist in those categories.

A diagram showing various parts of a lever action weapon and their defined names: the lower tang, receiver, barrel band, etc.

Group Callout Schedule [a]

Group

Description

Group (1)

Three magazine configurations available on this type action.
A-Fixed Internal (rotary), B-Detachable (inline or staggered feed), C-Tubular

Group (2)

Two ejection port configurations are available in this group.
A-Side Port Ejection, B-Top Port Ejection

Group (3)

Two buttstock appointments appear on the available models.
A-Recoil Pad, B-Buttplate

  1. Group callouts identify various configurations of a specific component which may be incorporated in the function of the various models employing the lever action in their design. However, only one type component from each callout group will appear on any given subject firearm.