Taylor's & Co. TC73: A Rare Lever-Action In 9mm Luger

Zac K
by Zac K
The new TC73 rifle comes with high end fit and finish. [Taylor’s & Co.]

It looks like 2024 is The Year Of The Lever Action, but we’ve seen a familiar theme so far: Just about all the new lever guns are in .44 Magnum, .357 Magnum or some other cartridge that you’d expect in a revolver, but not an autoloader pistol. Taylor’s & Co. aims to change that with their new TC73, chambered in 9mm Luger.

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This is good news for shooters who want to have a rifle chambered in the same cartridge as their handgun—but they only have a handgun chambered in 9mm. This has traditionally been a selling point of pistol-caliber lever guns, but until now, most autoloader shooters were out of luck. This is no longer the case.

It’s also good for shooters who want to shoot affordable bulk 9mm rounds. Some might also want to use the wide range of specialty loads available for 9mm.

And then, some shooters will just want a fine made-in-America lever gun. When Taylor’s & Co. says “made in the USA,” they really mean it, because every component on the TC73, even down to the screws, was made in the States.

Not your average Model 1873 clone. [Taylor's & Co.]
Taylor’s & Co. says the rifle comes with a 10-round tube mag and “special features for cycling 9mm ammunition.” It does not say what those features are, but obviously the rifle differs slightly from the original Winchester 1873 design that inspired it.

Here’s what the Taylor’s & Co. website says about the new rifle:

With high quality fit and finish, true case coloring and smooth lines – the TC73 is easy on the eyes. But it’s what’s inside that makes it great! The highest quality machining is exhibited on the TC73 with our legendary Taylor Tuned action on each rifle. The smoothest rifle you will ever handle right out of the box. But don’t just take our word for it – with superior qualities such as improved carrier block design, lightened trigger pull, hardened screws and fully machined internal parts, the TC73 is a superior representation of the 1873 lever gun made with modern day technology and quality standards. Using the highest quality steel and the highest grade of case coloring with each receiver being quenched one at a time – we spared no detail. A rubber butt pad, and white bead front sight with a semi-buckhorn rear sight complete the finishing touches for a first-rate yet practical rifle.

Along with all those fine-finish details, the TC73 comes with a 5/8×24-thread muzzle. Not your grandpappy’s lever-action, not by a long shot.

MSRP for the TC73 is $2,099. See more info on the company’s website here.

Zac K
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  • KsKLR KsKLR on May 21, 2024

    Taylor makes a gorgeous rifle and I’ve been coveting one of their 1894 takedowns for years. The case hardening is breathtaking. Was completely unaware that these were an all US rifle, thought they were Italian.

  • Armed Partisan Armed Partisan on May 26, 2024

    This is what I was dying to see during the dark days of the AWB (which was spearheaded by Dark Brandon before he was totally senile) because 9x19mm is cheaper than most leveraction cartridges (except rimfires) and because the tapered case probably (might) keep the bullet nose from resting on the primer (otherwise I"m sure they wouldn't have built it). I also like the threaded barrel..
    It's only ten round capacity! WTF? What's in the front half of the mag tube? A rod? It should hold 17-21 rounds if it's a 20" barrel! Why not give it a half-tube? Why not make it 16" for the US market if that's why? Also, $2100? I know all these things are made by Uberti for Taylors, and it's probably worth that, but it's also clearly a plinker and sportsman's model, so why the expensive color-case hardening? Why not a cheaper and more robust finish like electroless nickel and bead-blasting? That alone would probably knock $200-300 off the price.

    If I'm going to buy a fancy lever action, I want it in an authentic caliber (.32-20, .44-40, etc), and if it's a modern caliber (like .44 Mag), I want a modern action (like my Marlin 1894, circa 1984), which, ahem, also holds 10 rounds with an 18" barrel. 9mm is cheaper? Yeah, but the rifle isn't! You can buy a lot of .44 mag for the difference in price between the two.