This lightweight, .22 caliber subcompact takedown rifle has been the go-to survival rifle for bush pilots and backpackers since 1959. MSRP: $290 (black), $350 (camo).
Marlin’s .22-caliber Model Golden 39A rifle made its first appearance in 1891. It has been a favorite lever-action option for generations of shooters. MSRP: $709.
Lever-action rifles are the classic takedown rifle design. Taylor’s Alaskan in .44 Magnum is a modified 1892 Winchester design that is very popular with Alaskan bush pilots for backwoods shooting. MSRP: $1,366.
H-S Precision is bringing the art of the takedown rifle into the modern era. The Pro-Series 2000 is a stainless steel, bolt-action takedown rifle with a 22- to 26-inch match-grade barrel that can be chambered in anything from .204 Ruger to .458 Lott. MSRP $5,495.
This is the Cadillac of takedown rifles. The Traveler is available in three grades— Classic, Safari and African—and you can choose from a limitless array of upgrades. This rifle has a unique takedown system that offers threadless assembly and disassembly. It’s available in calibers from .22-250 to .450 Dakota. MSRP $8,890.
This rifle raises the bar on standard takedown rifles. It has a solid action with a receiver that can accommodate all calibers from 6.5x55mm up to the massive .458 Lott. Numerous options and calibers are available, including beautifully figured stocks of grade 4 Turkish walnut. MSRP: 6,333 to $10,607.
Takedown rifles are guns that can easily be broken into two much shorter sub-assemblies that can be more easily stored or transported. Takedown rifles reached their peak of popularity in the decades on either side of the turn of the last century. But even today, takedown rifles have retained their appeal wherever space is at a premium. Bush pilots and backcountry travelers in particular value these compact shooting tools.
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Today’s takedown rifles are available in calibers as small as .22 Long Rifle and as big as the large African safari-class cartridges. Here’s a sample of the great takedown rifles available to today’s hunters.
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For More Information
- Henry U.S. Survival AR-7: henryrifles.com; 201-858-4400
- Marlin Model Golden 39A: marlinfirearms.com; 800-544-8892
- Taylor’s 1892 Alaskan Takedown: taylorsfirearms.com; 540-722-2017
- H-S Precision VTD Pro-Series 2000: hsprecision.com; 605-341-3006
- Dakota Arms Model 76 Traveler: dakotaarms.com; 605.347.4686
- Sauer 202 Take Down: sauer.de/en
This article was originally published in the AMERICAN FRONTIERSMAN ™ 2015 issue #174. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.
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