Big Horn Armory Donates Big Bore Lever Action Guns to NRA National Firearms Museum

Big bore gun designer and manufacturer Big Horn Armory donates Model 89 in 500 S&W and first prototype to the NRA’s legendary collection of firearms.

Cody, Wyo. (July 2018) – Big Horn Armory, makers of big-bore firearms, is proud to announce the donation of their first working prototype for the popular Model 89 lever-action, two tool room prototype receivers in different states of completion, along with a production model in 500 S&W bearing the prized serial number of BHA0001 to the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.

“We are honored to provide the NRA’s National Firearms Museum with Big Horn Armory’s first prototype of our big bore Model 89, the first production model and several receivers,” Greg Buchel, president and founder of Big Horn Armory, said. “Needless to say, the NRA’s collection is beyond priceless and a very important part of our American heritage. To be included in the NRA gallery and have our story told is the epitome of what America means to us; to have the opportunities to create and grow a business, and to wholly enjoy our 2nd Amendment freedoms.”

The NRA’s National Firearms Museum is located at their Fairfax, Virginia headquarters, where visitors can view over 3,000 firearms in 15 galleries comprised of 85 exhibit cases. The museum covers 700 years of firearms history in galleries that portray the period of time and history in which they were developed. From the first colonies to today, where innovation and the latest technologies are still producing American made firearms are proudly on public display.

BHA, a company of experienced firearms industry experts and avid big game hunters, was formed to develop a Browning-type, lever-action gun chambered in the 500 Smith & Wesson Magnum. In 2012, BHA successfully rolled out the only big bore lever-action specifically designed for the 500 S&W cartridge.

Every Model 89 demonstrates BHA’s commitment to combining American ingenuity with craftsmanship. Using the latest in CNC technology, the Model 89 in both carbine and rifle configurations are manufactured with 17-4 stainless steel and hardened to provide exceptional and consistent downrange performance and in-the-field reliability. Attention to detail and pride in the fit and finish is apparent in every rifle from the select and beautifully figured American black walnut stocks and forends to the large, hunter-friendly, curved lever for ease of operation, even when wearing gloves.

Big Horn Armory Model 89 Specifications:

Model 89 Carbine
Model 89 Rifle
500 Smith & Wesson
500 Smith & Wesson
Rate of Twist:
1 in 24
1 in 24
Barrel Length:
18 inches
22 inches
Buttstock & Forend:
American Black Walnut, Laminate
American Black Walnut, Laminate
20 lpi
20 lpi
Barreled Action:
17-4 Stainless Steel
17-4 Stainless Steel
Metal Finish:
Matte SS/Hunter Black SS/Color Case Hardened
Matte SS/Hunter Black SS/ Color Case Hardened
Stock Finish:
Synthetic Satin
Synthetic Satin
Recoil Pad:
1 inch
1 inch
Sling Swivel Mounts:
Integral Front, Stud Rear
Integral Front, Stud Read
Aperture Rear, Blade Front
Aperture Rear, Blade Front
Magazine Capacity:
7 lbs. 10 oz.
7 lbs. 14 oz.
Length of Pull:
13 5/8 inches
13 5/8 inches
Overall Length:
37 inches
41 inches
$2,499.00 base price, options available
$2,699.00 base price, options available
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