Big news for lever gun enthusiasts: Aero Precision is breaking into the modernized lever action rifle market. Aero is well known for its AR-15s, AR-10s, pistol caliber carbines, and most recently the Solus bolt gun, but this was a surprising turn. Although the new Aero Precision lever action rifle is still very much in its prototype phase — it doesn't even have an official name yet — we were able to get a first look and some key details about it from company representatives at SHOT Show.
Right out of the box, the Aero lever gun will come with some of the most common upgrades that would typically be added to a tactical lever gun. It has a 16-inch threaded barrel to allow installation of muzzle brakes and suppressors, as well as a machined aluminum handguard with M-LOK slots and QD sockets for a sling.
The handguard extends into a full-length Picatinny top rail with a ghost ring rear sight and fiber optic front sight. The handguard, top rail, and stock will be available in a few different finishes, including OD green and FDE.
The receiver is finished with an upgraded loading gate, aftermarket trigger, and a unique lever that matches the contour of the rifle's grip. The grip also features polymer panels on either side with texture reminiscent of an AR pistol grip.
The Aero Precision lever action stock is a skeletonized aluminum design, very similar to existing aftermarket options. It features an adjustable cheek riser, attachment points for sidesaddle ammo carriers, and QD sling sockets. The end is finished with a cushy rubber buttpad and what appears to be a spacer for length of pull adjustment.
Above: Aero's lever design is slightly more angular than a traditional lever loop, and lines up with the shape of the grip.
As you might expect, the Aero lever action will be offered in two of the most popular rifle calibers immediately at launch: 30-30 and 45-70. The company tells us there will be more caliber choices coming after that, including some especially interesting ones (that's all we're allowed to say right now).
Keep in mind this is a very early prototype, so some of the smaller details and finishing touches may change before it hits production. However, after handling the gun and running the action, it feels impressively smooth for this stage of development.
Aero Precision staff told us the release of this lever gun is tentatively slated for the fourth quarter of 2024. Pricing is estimated at $1,700 to $1,800, but that may also change as the design and features are finalized.
Stag Arms, Aero's sister company, is also releasing its own variant of the same lever gun. In line with Stag's hunting-oriented rifles, the Stag lever action will be a more traditional lever gun with iron sights, wood furniture, and a classic lever loop. It should be a solid choice for fans of the traditional lever gun, comparable to existing Marlin, Henry, and Winchester offerings.
For more information on the new Aero Precision lever action rifles, keep an eye on aeroprecisionusa.com later this year.