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IAC Imports Reproduction Cowboy 1887 87W-1 Lever Action

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A much cheaper price doesn't offset cycling problems. The split lever wouldn't clear shells reliably, or it required excessive effort to get them popped out of the action.

IAC Imports Reproduction Cowboy 1887 87W-1 Lever Action

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The IAC’s action wouldn’t eject shells reliably. We got a lot of stovepiped shells that didn’t clear the top of the gun. It would need a lot of polishing to work right, we believe. The arrow points to a pinch point. If the leather sheath doesn’t cover that joint, it can pinch a finger quite painfully.
Here’s an example of the fit and finish differences we found. The fore end panels don’t mate against the receiver flat flush. But other areas of the gun were tight, our team found.
The ball-type pistol grip offers a voluptuous contour to the buttstock. It is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the 1887 design. The IAC's execution of this part was ham-handed, with a visible shaping cut, as shown.

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