Behold! The Mossberg 464 SPX lever-action rifle.
No gun has managed to insult the sensibilities of so many so quick. The AR Tactical Tommies are screaming bloody murder and tearing their Under Armor Coyote Tan shirts (Rails? Muzzle brake? ZOMG!) while the Classic Rifle Crowd is demanding the heads of Mossberg Management and trying to channel the spirit of John Wayne to exact his wrath on the rest of the company.
Yet… I think it is one of the most sensible guns ever. All of the sudden you have a rifle that can be configured both for hunting and/or self-defense in a round that is proven to be effective on living creatures bigger than poodles. And a collapsible stock means people of different body shapes & sizes can use the rifle comfortably to either bring a buck or a bad guy. If the retail price remains in the $500s, this would make a great home long gun to have.
I think this is a win any way you look at it. But just in case look at it as a mother would to her ugly child.
PS: Be ready for the tactical upgrade aftermarket parts for lever action rifles flood that is sure to come.
UPDATE: Alcalde in the comments could have not said it better:
” It fills the void for the discerning gentleman who needs an appropriate weapon for his cowboy steampunk escapades”