[SHOT 2023] Bond Arms Unveil Brand New Lever Rifle Which Uses AR Uppers!

    Bond Arms Lever Rifle (Matt Moss/TFB)

    There’s always a lot of new products at SHOT Show but its rare you’re genuinely surprised to come across something. I stopped by the Bond Arms booth, a company renowned for their myriad of Derringer models, and was met by something that immediately grabbed my attention – the new Bond Arms Lever Action.

    Bond Arms Lever Rifle with various upper options (Matt Moss/TFB)

    Bond Arms are getting into the rifle game. SHOT Show 2023 seems to have been the year of new modular lever action firearms, however, I think Bond Arms’ new rifle has the edge on the competition. Their new rifle, currently known only as the Bond Arms Lever-Action (leave your cool name ideas in the comments), can use any AR upper and is compatible with 870 stocks – the ones seen at the show had a Magpul 870 stock and a more traditional black polymer stock. You could even use some wooden furniture if you wanted a more traditional look.

    Bond Arms Lever Rifle – action open (Matt Moss/TFB)

    Bond Arms Lever Rifle – rifle side (Matt Moss/TFB)

    Bond Arms Lever Rifle – left side (Matt Moss/TFB)

    The rifle is truly modular, able to mount optics with ease, feed from standard AR magazines, use a variety of furniture options and its lever loop can be swapped out to fit a variety of stock options or provide an enlarged loop for use with gloves. The lever has a very show, around 6 inch throw, which allows it to cycle without hitting the magazine and also provides a crisp action.

    Here’s what Gordon Bond had to say about the new rifle:

    We spent over a year redesigning the lever system and actually came up with a very clever cam system that will aggressively extract a round out of a 30 round magazine with no problem and it allowed for a very short throw even with the longest rounds.  It was so good, we did a patent pending on this and several other things we discovered going through this design process.

    It has an extended magazine release which sits nicely under the index finder and has a number of safety mechanisms including an out-of-battery bolt carrier safety, as well as both manual and grip safeties.

    Bond Arms Lever Rifle in tactical and ‘less tactical’ configurations (Matt Moss/TFB)

    The Bond lever action will be launching in 5.56x45mm and .300 Blackout, as well as other chamberings including: 9x19mm .300 Hammer, .50 Beowulf, 450 Bushmaster. In essence the platform will support any chambering using a standard rotating AR-15 bolt.

    Bond Arms Lever Rifle – left (Matt Moss/TFB)

    Bond Arms Lever Rifle – rifle (Matt Moss/TFB)

    Bond Arms also note that while the system was originally envisioned as a “quiet and fast handling suppressor host”, which also provides full magazine capacities in short barrel configurations – something traditional lever actions with tube magazines would struggle to achieve, the same manual action resulted in a compliant design for restrictive states, and indeed also theoretically in restrictive countries. The Bond Arms lever action might offer a modular platform for countries which prohibit semi-auto centerfire rifles.

    The new rifle is expected to be available by the end of 2023, SHOT Show 2024 at the latest, and will have an MSRP of $1,499. Find out more at BondArms.com

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    Matthew Moss


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    Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. He also runs Historical Firearms, a blog that explores the history, development and use of firearms. Matt is also co-founder of The Armourer’s Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms.

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