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As author Mike Beliveau relates in the upcoming November 2013 issue of Rifle Firepower, he grew up in northern Vermont, where “everybody owned at least one truck. And inside every truck, there was a gun.” So what’s the perfect truck gun? Beliveau’s answer: a pistol-caliber lever action. And that’s why he got his hands on the .44 Magnum Taylor’s 1892 Alaskan to run it through its paces.

According to Beliveau, the Alaskan is “compact and easy to operate, it has a decent magazine capacity, and it fires a cartridge that will put down anything you point it at without dislocating your shoulder in the bargain. On top of that, it is a takedown model that takes up less room under my truck’s seat than my wheel jack. It is one sweet little rifle.”

It might be based on John Browning’s famous 1892 Winchester rifle, but don’t let the name fool you—this thing plenty of modern touches, including a fiber-optic front sight. To read Beliveau’s full report and learn how the handy, do-it-all Alaskan performed, check out the November 2013 issue of Rifle Firepower, available on newsstands and digitally August 13, 2013. To subscribe, go to http://riflefirepower.com/subscribe

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