Browning BLR Lightweight ’81 Stainless Takedown

Description

The Browning model BLR ’81 Lightweight Stainless Takedown is a lever-action hunting rifle chambered in 15 different cartridges.

The Browning Lever Rifle ’81 Lightweight is made of a lightweight aircraft-grade alloy. It is available in a variety sizes, but each sub-model uses the same action. The lever controls a rotating bolt, which rotates when the firing pin punches forward then the shooter must pull the lever down and back to reverse action and reset the firing pin. It allows the shooter to fire rapidly and accurately while controlling the chambering. It comes with a detachable magazine and has a recoil pad on the butt. It comes with a TRUGLO/Marble’s fiber optic front sight, which uses bright colors that are easy to align and are adjustable. It is a “takedown” model meaning it breaks down easily for storage and transport.

Browning recommends the BLR ’81 Lightweight for hunting hoofed animals and large game.

Specifications

.223 Rem.
Caliber:.223 Rem.
Capacity:4
Sights:Open
Features:Alloy receiver with satin nickel finish; detachable box magazine; checkered grip; recoil pad; separates for storage or transport; and TRUGLO fiber optic sights
Action:Lever
Stock:Gray laminate wood
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.5 pounds
Barrel Length:20"
Twist:1 in 12"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:40"
Drop at Comb:0.875"
Drop at Heel:0.3125"
.243 Win.
Caliber:.243 Win.
Capacity:4
Sights:Open
Features:Alloy receiver with satin nickel finish; detachable box magazine; checkered grip; recoil pad; separates for storage or transport; and TRUGLO fiber optic sights
Action:Lever
Stock:Gray laminate wood
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.5 pounds
Barrel Length:20"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:40"
Drop at Comb:0.875"
Drop at Heel:0.3125"
7mm-08 Rem.
Caliber:7mm-08 Rem.
Capacity:4
Sights:Open
Features:Alloy receiver with satin nickel finish; detachable box magazine; checkered grip; recoil pad; separates for storage or transport; and TRUGLO fiber optic sights
Action:Lever
Stock:Gray laminate wood
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.5 pounds
Barrel Length:20"
Twist:1 in 9.5"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:40"
Drop at Comb:0.875"
Drop at Heel:0.3125"
.308 Win.
Caliber:.308 Win.
Capacity:4
Sights:Open
Features:Alloy receiver with satin nickel finish; detachable box magazine; checkered grip; recoil pad; separates for storage or transport; and TRUGLO fiber optic sights
Action:Lever
Stock:Gray laminate wood
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.5 pounds
Barrel Length:20"
Twist:1 in 12"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:40"
Drop at Comb:0.875"
Drop at Heel:0.3125"
.358 Win.
Caliber:.358 Win.
Capacity:4
Sights:Open
Features:Alloy receiver with satin nickel finish; detachable box magazine; checkered grip; recoil pad; separates for storage or transport; and TRUGLO fiber optic sights
Action:Lever
Stock:Gray laminate wood
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.5 pounds
Barrel Length:20"
Twist:1 in 12"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:40"
Drop at Comb:0.875"
Drop at Heel:0.3125"
.270 Win.
Caliber:.270 Win.
Capacity:4
Sights:Open
Features:Alloy receiver with satin nickel finish; detachable box magazine; checkered grip; recoil pad; separates for storage or transport; and TRUGLO fiber optic sights
Action:Lever
Stock:Gray laminate wood
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:7.25 pounds
Barrel Length:22"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:43"
Drop at Comb:0.875"
Drop at Heel:0.3125"
.270 WSM
Caliber:.270 WSM
Capacity:3
Sights:Open
Features:Alloy receiver with satin nickel finish; detachable box magazine; checkered grip; recoil pad; separates for storage or transport; and TRUGLO fiber optic sights
Action:Lever
Stock:Gray laminate wood
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.75 pounds
Barrel Length:22"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:42"
Drop at Comb:0.875"
Drop at Heel:0.3125"
.450 Marlin
Caliber:.450 Marlin
Capacity:3
Sights:Open
Features:Alloy receiver with satin nickel finish; detachable box magazine; checkered grip; recoil pad; separates for storage or transport; and TRUGLO fiber optic sights
Action:Lever
Stock:Gray laminate wood
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:7 pounds
Barrel Length:20"
Twist:1 in 20"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:40"
Drop at Comb:0.875"
Drop at Heel:0.3125"
.325 WSM
Caliber:.325 WSM
Capacity:3
Sights:Open
Features:Alloy receiver with satin nickel finish; detachable box magazine; checkered grip; recoil pad; separates for storage or transport; and TRUGLO fiber optic sights
Action:Lever
Stock:Gray laminate wood
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.75 pounds
Barrel Length:22"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:42"
Drop at Comb:0.875"
Drop at Heel:0.3125"
.22-250 Rem.
Caliber:.22-250 Rem.
Capacity:4
Sights:Open
Features:Alloy receiver with satin nickel finish; detachable box magazine; checkered grip; recoil pad; separates for storage or transport; and TRUGLO fiber optic sights
Action:Lever
Stock:Gray laminate wood
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.5 pounds
Barrel Length:20"
Twist:1 in 14"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:40"
Drop at Comb:0.875"
Drop at Heel:0.3125"
.30-06 Springfield
Caliber:.30-06 Springfield
Capacity:4
Sights:Open
Features:Alloy receiver with satin nickel finish; detachable box magazine; checkered grip; recoil pad; separates for storage or transport; and TRUGLO fiber optic sights
Action:Lever
Stock:Gray laminate wood
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:7.25 pounds
Barrel Length:22"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:43"
Drop at Comb:0.875"
Drop at Heel:0.3125"
7mm Rem. Mag.
Caliber:7mm Rem. Mag.
Capacity:3
Sights:Open
Features:Alloy receiver with satin nickel finish; detachable box magazine; checkered grip; recoil pad; separates for storage or transport; and TRUGLO fiber optic sights
Action:Lever
Stock:Gray laminate wood
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:7.75 pounds
Barrel Length:24"
Twist:1 in 9.5"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:45"
Drop at Comb:0.875"
Drop at Heel:0.3125"
.300 Win. Mag.
Caliber:.300 Win. Mag.
Capacity:3
Sights:Open
Features:Alloy receiver with satin nickel finish; detachable box magazine; checkered grip; recoil pad; separates for storage or transport; and TRUGLO fiber optic sights
Action:Lever
Stock:Gray laminate wood
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:7.75 pounds
Barrel Length:24"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:45"
Drop at Comb:0.875"
Drop at Heel:0.3125"
.300 WSM
Caliber:.300 WSM
Capacity:3
Sights:Open
Features:Alloy receiver with satin nickel finish; detachable box magazine; checkered grip; recoil pad; separates for storage or transport; and TRUGLO fiber optic sights
Action:Lever
Stock:Gray laminate wood
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.75 pounds
Barrel Length:22"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:42"
Drop at Comb:0.875"
Drop at Heel:0.3125"
7mm WSM
Caliber:7mm WSM
Capacity:3
Sights:Open
Features:Alloy receiver with satin nickel finish; detachable box magazine; checkered grip; recoil pad; separates for storage or transport; and TRUGLO fiber optic sights
Action:Lever
Stock:Gray laminate wood
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.75 pounds
Barrel Length:22"
Twist:1 in 9.5"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:42"
Drop at Comb:0.875"
Drop at Heel:0.3125"
MSRP$1129.00

Editor Review

The Browning BLR is an odd duck among lever action rifles.  Most lever actions are either very old designs that have been updated as needed over the years or, if newer, they mimic one of the traditional designs as closely as possible in appearance.  The BLR (‘Browning Lever Rifle’) was designed from the start to be a complete original, departing from the familiar aesthetics of traditional lever guns on the one hand while solving some major problems of those traditional models on the other.

Most deviant and ingenious, the BLR features a detachable box magazine rather than the tubular magazine that rides under the barrel of most lever guns.  This freed Browning to chamber the rifle for just about any cartridge imaginable.  Most lever gun makers are stuck with those few cartridges that are only loaded with blunt-nosed bullets—the ones that won’t turn a tubular magazine into a pipe bomb when fired.  The BLR goes beyond the 30-30 and can be had in .30-’06, .308, or even the .223.  It can handle just about anything.

The action is also fundamentally stronger than competing designs that were invented back in the black powder days of lower pressures and smaller bangs.  It also has a noticeably beefier receiver.  The departure from traditional designs has ensured that those who buy the BLR tend to be practically-oriented hunters rather than including the history buffs and romantics that gravitate towards the Winchester Model 94 or the various Marlin lever actions.

This practical streak among Browning’s customer base demands guns that will hold up to the elements and keep up with them wherever they go.  In this sense, the Lightweight ‘81 Stainless Take-Down version of the BLR is really the purest expression of what this model is all about.  In rain, sleet or snow, this rifle can come along without any worries about it rusting up during the hunt.

But lots of rifles come in stainless versions these days.  The really special thing about this model is the fact that the rifle breaks down in half at the flip of a switch.  It can be stuffed into a backpack for a long hike in or out of a remote hunting area.  For a really serious back-country hunter who likes the fast handling and ergonomics of a lever action rifle, this is very good tool.  A tool that is also offered in cartridges that no other lever gun is made for and which can reach out farther with real accuracy than most other lever guns.

Its not cheap and it won’t be most people’s first choice for an “entry level” tool, but it is also quite well-made and worth every penny.  There are custom guns out there that are prettier and there are off-the-shelf guns that are more accurate, but for a big game rifle with this combination of features the BLR Lightweight ’81 Stainless is unique.