Even though I know the reason behind the development of accessories like this is likely the difficulty some people have owning and tinkering with AR-15-platform and other semi-auto rifles in some states, I still love it.
Midwest Industries, known for their quality aftermarket products and excellent machining, has debuted a new M-LOK forend designed for Marlin lever action rifles.
Having dropped some photos on Facebook and not many details, the look of a the company’s popular 1895SBL lever gun in .45-70, an old school design in an old-school caliber, with a modern M-LOK forend and rail sections bearing a red-dot in a scout rifle position and a weapon light near the muzzle is just…cool.
The forend also looks like it comes with a good-sized top rail to mount pretty much any kind of optic you can think of and includes what looks to be an integrated rear peep sight if you prefer irons, though this could actually be a separate component—it's hard to see from the photos.
Some will hate it, of course, thinking it looks like an unholy abomination, and they might be right. That doesn’t want me to take one of these out the range any less.
The company says they are working on another M-LOK forend just for guns made by Henry Arms, which is most exciting for me since I own a few Henry lever guns. The product will likely look a little different as it has to accommodate Henry’s loading port at the front of the magazine tube (Marlins use a loading gate on the right side of the receiver).
This isn’t the first time a company has endeavored to bring the lever gun into the 21st century, but it is probably the best looking attempt.
You may remember Mossberg’s 464 SPX lever action rifle in .30-30, which has a black oxide coating on the receiver, full polymer furniture and an adjustable AR-style stock and a threaded barrel with a flash suppressor. It also comes with rail sections integrated into the forend at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. Instead of a top rail, the rifle includes two rail sections for scope rings and fiber optic iron sights.
When people saw it for the first time…the reaction was usually less than favorable, but it seems to be selling. Mossberg also makes versions with wooden furniture.
When all is said and done, do I need to mount a vertical foregrip on a lever gun? Will it shoot better or worse with one? I don’t know, but I’m sure excited to find out.
The company also debut another new product on Facebook, an aftermarket top rail that will fit MP5-platform firearms and allow owners to easily attach a red-dot sight or any other kind of suitable optic with ease. From the post:
"Midwest Industries new patent pending HK top rail will allow you to mount your red dot as well as I light to your MP5, MP5k, and even your MP5SD. When used in conjunction with our new Surefire scout mount (pictures coming soon) you can retain your factory handguard look without giving up versatility."
Because the MP5 was created long before rails became standard, it was necessary to replace the entire factory handguard with an aftermarket product that included a rail, but not anymore.