Smith & Wesson Adds a .45 Colt Model 1854 Lever Gun

Smith & Wesson Model 1854 45 Colt
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When Smith & Wesson announced their new Model 1854 lever gun in .44 Magnum that other popular lever rifle calibers would follow. As sure as the sun rises in the east, S&W has is now offering the rifle in .45 Colt. Don’t be surprised if .357 isn’t too far behind. Here’s Smith’s press release . . .

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc., a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, announces today the release of the new Model 1854, chambered in 45 Colt. 

At the time Smith & Wesson introduced the Model 1854 series, .44 Rem Mag was the caliber offering of choice. Now, starting today, you can own one of these smooth lever guns in the iconic 45 Colt cartridge. The Model 1854 series is designed to strategically blend the classic aesthetic of the American lever gun while incorporating modern enhancements. This past year, the series received the 2024 Editor’s Choice Best All-Around Rifle, from Outdoor Life. Models are offered in a paired synthetic black polymer and stainless-steel finish, as well as a walnut furniture combination with Armornite finish.

Smith & Wesson Model 1854 45 Colt
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These rifles are designed with a 9+1 capacity, include a threaded 19 ¼-inch barrel, and boast a crisp and smooth action that is also tough enough to stand up to use in the field. The Model 1854 comes with additional features out of the box like a 4 ¾-inch Picatinny base for mounting optics, an adjustable XS Sights ghost ring rear sight, a gold bead front sight, flat-face trigger design, and removable magazine tube that allows you to safely unload the rifle.

Smith & Wesson Model 1854 45 Colt
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Experience the perfect blend of heritage and innovation with the Smith & Wesson Model 1854 Series, now available in .44 Rem Mag and 45 Colt. For more information on the S&W Model 1854 Series, visit 1854 | Smith & Wesson (


  • 11/16-24 Threaded Barrel
  • Accepts mounts compatible with Marlin 1894 hole patterns
  • Black synthetic or walnut stock with textured grip panels
  • Gold bead front sight
  • XS Sights ghost ring rear sight
  • 1:20″ RH Twist 8-Groove Rifling
  • Large loop operating lever
  • Forged 416 SS Receiver
  • 19.25″ 410 SS Barrel

Price: $1279 stainless, $1399 walnut


2 Responses

  1. “What do S&W enthusiasts want?”

    “I did a lot of research. They want revolvers made the old way, with great bluing or nickel finishes. Some stainless guns, sure, and some exotic materials, but really they go for old-school.”

    “Internal lock?”

    “Definitely not. They hate that feature.”

    “Great! It’s settled then. We’ll make a Marlin 1894 copy.”

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