Mossberg Tactical Lever Gun

Introduced at the 2012 SHOT Show, the Mosberg 464 SPX is a tactical, lever action rifle chambered in .30-30.  This lever gun is black (of course) and comes standard with a tri-rail and AR-style, adjustable buttstock.  Yes, it can be had with a flash hider.

Mossberg is also introducing a .22 LR version of the 464 tactical lever gun.  This model can be purchased with a muzzle break to help tame the wild recoiling rimfire.

Mossberg 464 SPX

Michael Bane mentioned the tactical .30-30 on his podcast a week or two ago.  I thought it could be very cool or a train wreck.  I’ll let you decide for yourself.  MSRP starts at $497 and goes up from there.

I’m a big fan of the lever action rifle as a home defense gun.  The .30-30 cartridge is more than adequate to stop a determined home invader.  Plus, in the aftermath, it is much harder for an attorney representing the “poor victim” to show you were a bloodthirsty killer by pointing to a walnut stocked lever action your daddy gave you.  I just don’t know if the 464 SPX is quite what I am thinking for self defense, but what the heck.  Different strokes for different folks.  If you like it, buy one and don’t worry about what anyone else might think.

Mossberg 464 SPX

The muzzle brake on the .22 LR version of the Mossberg 464 SPX.

2014 Update

Mossberg continues to sell the 464 SPX rifles. It would seem that they are a better seller than some people gave it credit for.

The MSRP has increased to $552 from the original $497. I suppose that is to be expected.

One thing Mossberg did do was the company added a zombie version of the rifle. The 464 ZMB is much the same gun, but with a splash of green for good measure. I do not have a photo of it to post. However, when I get one, I will add it to this page. The zombie version of the rifle has a suggested list price of $581.

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  • http://malodorousthoughts.blogspot.com/ Roadkill

    While, I do want to see some tactical lever actions, this does look like an abomination. I think a more classic style stock set would be best, but in quality polymer. A speed feed version of the buttstock for 30-30 would be cool! A fore end with less rail farm would be nice. Perhaps just some mounting points for smaller rails mainly for lights. Then a place for a scout mount on the top. The break is ok I suppose.

  • http://www.readymagazine.com Ric H.

    The theory here seems to be that if you attach a rail system, a collapsible AR style stock and call it Tactical then tactical firearms fans will come. I predict that due to poor sales this will be discontinued by years end.

    I am with roadkill. Add a few ease of use elements and a polymer stock, a couple of points to mount rail sections on the fore end for lights and lasers and I think your on to something. This thing on the other hand is ridiculous.

  • Rignerd

    Speedfeed type stock with full magazine refill tubes. Also why no rail on top where it is most useful? At least enough for a red dot.

    As far as the collapsing stock, I don’t think the AR type is the best. It is a solution to a problem that almost no other gun has, a buffer tube that sticks out the back. They could have made an over or under folder or a side folder in either direction. A lot cheaper and possibly even useful.

  • jjas

    Seriously……When will the “tactical” nonsense end. Hang a piece of black plastic off any gun design and hope
    it sells.

    IMHO, this thing is the equivalent of a 70 year old man dressing in a backwards baseball cap and letting his
    pants sag off his rump.

  • caryc

    What a pure shame it is to do that to a classy looking gun. Makes me want to cry. Pull that thing out on a bad guy and he’ll want to kill you just for having it.

  • http://malodorousthoughts.blogspot.com/ Roadkill

    ‘Tactical’ is a miss-used term. All weather polymer stocks work for any gun and lighter. For a gun that might be used for working on killing varmints at night, a light isn’t a bad idea. Red dots and scopes are generally good ideas anyway. Mossberg went overboard on theirs in the wrong ways.

  • Buck Elliott

    Lever-action rifles have evolved naturally, since the days of the Hunt/Jennings versions, while these new Mausburgh offerings are virulent MUTANTS of the worst imaginable sort, and should be eradicated immediately, and the “designers” banished to the farthest reaches of the known universe.. there are far too many lumps, bumps, corners and projections for these abominations to have any practical use as home-defense weapons.. They would get caught on everything from bedsheets and curtains to doors and furniture.. The .30-30 version will be extremely uncomfortable to shoot, with its “broken leg” stock and snaggle-toothed foreend..any accessory rails should have been placed AHEAD OF the fore end. Other than that, the only piece of unneccesry equipment missing would be a bayonet lug, but I seem to remember that the Feds frown on such attachments..

    It may be just what the paranoid, ADD/ADHD crowd ordered, but has NO redeeming qualites for the lives of normal folks..

    The 464 was an abysmal failure, the first time around, and putting black lipstick on it is just a waste ot good lamp-black…

  • MikeN

    This is an unmitigated disaster of a Frankenstein weapon. A collapsible stock on a lever gun WTF??? Calling a lever gun tactical WTF???

  • Mr. Eclectic

    Love it – I’ll take 2! Top rail would have been nice though.

  • Buck Elliott

    Mr. E..
    I’m sorry for those of you who feel that way.. An abomination is an abomination, by any name you choose to call it.. The particular product in question does NOTHING well, and certainly not as well as anything it was meant to replace or complement..

    I realize that there are aberrent personaliities out there, who will buy Anything That looks like or purports to be “tactical…” a category widely missed by the “new” Mossberg.. it was designed by the crack-smoking bad boys of the Mossberg marketing department, and it shows…..

  • seattle solutrean

    When I saw Mossberg unveil a .22lr rifle with a hilarious Barrett-50-style recoil compensator, I was sure they were making a satirical statement on the grim state of this country. I was SURE it was a joke. Now I know better.

    Un-@#$%ing-believable.

  • Jeff Cooper

    Im not so sure of well it shoots , never seen one , never heard any results of one either , I hear people bash weapons all the time, that of course they have never owned or fired , I have a Rossi Ranch hand .44 magnum and although I wouldnt want to shoot much , come and try sneaking in through my bedroom window , that sucker is accurate to almost 20 feet , more than enough room to blow a hamburger sized hole through you! I agree the “zombie hunters” attitude is slick advertizing , im not sure what good a folding stock would be on a lever ,however an adjustable stock is great ,all my guns have them ,not everyone is 5’2″ some of use 6’8″ that adjustable works , now I agree if this were all polymer it would be a plus , but weight factors in on a lever too. Im gonna wait and see ,I like the 30-30 ,its a great round ,fun to shoot and plenty capable of taking down a democrat or two!

  • Aaron

    I’ll admit that this thing was painful to look at (the .22 caliber rifle was even worse), and I absolutely agree that “tactical” has been applied way too liberally – its even on a can of bacon for goodness sake!

    However, I do see some good here …

    1-A .30 caliber round does some devastating work on home invaders and critters alike.

    2-Having an adjustable stock allows shooters of different sizes to properly fit the rifle to their needs. And if you are going through your home looking for bad guys, being able to reduce overall length can be very handy in the tight spots.

    3-A lever action rifle (with practice) can produce much quicker follow-up shots than a bolt gun.

    4-The sound of a lever gun’s action is very similar to the sound a shotgun makes when chambering. This is really good for intimidation factor for the home invaders. It’s that universal “I mean to do you harm” sound.

    5-Not everyone can afford to drop upwards of $1000 on a decent AR-platform (especially those in .30 caliber).

    There, that’s about it. Mossberg would have done much better to include the top rail for optics, and to have supplied this freak show with a modular fore grip. That way people not wanting to make this look ridiculous could remove rails and have a fairly normal looking lever gun. Those wanting lights, lasers, M203 grenade launchers, etc. could completely rail it out to their hearts desire.

    Personally, I’ll stick with my standard Marlin Model 336C with nice Black Walnut stocks!

  • Samuel Colt

    Abomination , by years end they will discontinue? Not likely , see if you can find one for sale anywhere?

  • Buck Elliott

    I haven’t seen any locally, because our local dealers refuse to stock them.. There is no demand for such a gun here, at least not enough to warrant stocking some on the wall or shelf…

  • Micah

    I’m not into “tactical” rifles but I have to say that I love this thing. Yes, it’s ugly. No, it isn’t really “tactical”. To me it looks like a lever action rifle that has evolved into the 21th century. If I could find one for sale I’d buy it.

    • 100%native

      to all u 464 guys i made my own forarm n redone the whole buttstock added green dot n lite cut two pounds off lot better made my own ammo belt hold holdd 150 rnd i made my oen shit the way i want it