The Winchester Model 94 has been manufactured since 1894 and is truly a part of American history. I have owned the 94AE for several years, and there are some real pros and cons. The pros: 1) Part of the old West! 2) Smooth lever action! 3) Short barrel is lighter, and easier to carry for hunters and ranchers. 4) Loop is nice if you are wearing gloves and it is faster ejecting rounds. The Cons: 1) Expensive! 2) The 30-30 cartridge, in my opinion, is dead. 3) 30-30 ammo is very expensive. I was shooting Federal 170 grain ammo yesterday, and 20 rounds cost $25.00. PMC 308 cost $13.00 for 20 rounds and, in my opinion, is a better cartridge. The 30-30 is pretty flat for 100 to 150 yards and it has a considerable drop beyond 150. 4) The sights are awful. Winchester, Henry, Marlin, and some other manufactures have great lever action rifles that are chamber in different calibers. Unless you want to own a rifle that is chambered in a historical cartridge, there are better choices. I forgot one pro. The 94AE is really fun to shoot. It is loud, strong recoil, and you have to compensate for crappy sights. I have posted two videos on the Winchester 94 that are informative and entertaining. I posted a video about the Dalton Gang’s last bank robbery that took place two years before the 1894 Winchester was manufactured. They were really dumb ass criminals.