Marlin introduced the concept of a lever-action .410 bore shotgun back in 1929, and the idea was revived by Winchester with its short-lived 9410 in the early 2000s. Recently, several companies have begun to offer a lever-action .410 shotgun, including TriStar Arms with its LR94.
The style of the Turkish-made LR94 follows the classic Winchester 1894 and, by extension, the 9410. The lever action uses an open-top receiver design with an “angle ejection” pattern. A safety lever is mounted on top of the bolt. The half-length tubular magazine has a capacity of five 2.5” (the shotgun’s chamber size) .410 Bore cartridges and comes supplied with a removable plug that restricts the capacity to two rounds for areas with hunting restrictions. The shotgun is loaded through a gate in the right side of the steel receiver.
The LR94 shotgun follows the lines of the classic Winchester lever-action rifle. Image courtesy of TriStar Arms.
The LR94 is available with three finish options: matte black, a case-colored receiver and blued barrel or full nickel finish. All three finishes comes with a checkered walnut buttstock and fore-end, with a slim rubber recoil pad at the rear. The matte and nickel versions employ a 22” barrel, and the case-color model has a 24” barrel. Though a shotgun, the LR94 comes with rifle-type sights with an adjustable rear and a gold-bead-on-post front. Barrels are threaded for a choke tube of the Beretta Mobil pattern, and a modified tube and wrench is supplied. Current versions of the LR94 have detachable sling swivel studs and a leather wrapping on the lever.
The LR94’s tubular magazine has a capacity of five shells. It comes with a plug to reduce the capacity to comply with hunting regulations. Image courtesy of TriStar Arms.
The LR94 is available with three different finishes. The weather-resistant nickel finish is shown. Image courtesy of TriStar Arms.
The overall length of the LR94 is 40.5" or 42.5” and the weight comes in at 6.3 or 6.4 lbs., depending on barrel length. The length of pull is 14.25”. The MSRP for the TriStar LR94 is $990 (matte finish), $1,070 (nickel) and $1,100 (case-colored finish). For more information on the new LR94, visit tristararms.com.
Nearly a century after Marlin introduced the concept of a lever action, .410-bore shotgun, options like the LR94 are still coming to the market. Image courtesy of TriStar Arms.