Delta, the AK is certainly a competent arm, somewhat range and accuracy challenged; many of it's operators are, without a doubt, highly skilled. It's hard to find anybody, who, having made a living with it, even for a short time, who will speak ill of it! I, personally, like simple, reliable things; the AK qualifies, as reliable. The '94 Win touches BOTH bases. The '74 Sharps has the advantage of power, and range, in most of the calibers it was ever chambered in. Would I go to war with the Sharps? Not on your life! Not because it is lacking, because it is not, simply because there are better tools to do the job with. Ronnie Barrett makes some large caliber, long range rifles, that yank the rat out out of his hole, so to speak, as well, or better, than the Sharps could ever do; they use easily available, .50 BMG ammo. But, given an impromtu, domestic situation, a large pistol caliber, in a short lever gun, would rate far higher, for me, than most of the current, high tech, weapons, because it will work! I think this is where you started with this thread, and I totally agree; the day of the lever gun is not yet done! The Brits chose to make the FAL a semi-only weapon, as they issued it, in deference to accurate (effective) fire; the US did the same with the M-14. No volume of misses will count as high as one solid hit; thus, my love for reliable, accurate, mechanical repeaters. I think you could use a Win or Marlin lever gun, given ammo availability, in any theater, to good effect; the choice of caliber, based on need. If I had not given up the pursuit, Iraq would seem a good place to try out the premise!