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POF Tombstone Review: Best Lever-Action PCC?

Patriot Ordnance Factory's Tombstone is a modern take on the old lever-action, but does this 9mm stack up in a world full of PCCs? We tested it to find out.

Patriot Ordnance Factory is a firearms manufacturer with a passion for innovation. They very often step outside the tried-and-true paths of copycat products.

POF Tombstone glamour

When they released the Tombstone in January of 2023, it was evident the rifle was heavily influenced by the AR-15. But it was also a lever gun and chambered in 9mm.

Sometimes, mixing components together that haven’t been joined before can create an amazing product — sometimes, it falls short of the mark.

With a note of optimism, we took the Tombstone out to the range to see which category it would fall into. We’ll share the results with you below, so saddle up, partner.

Table of Contents


POF Tombstone Review at a Glance


  • Unique
  • Lightweight
  • Modular


  • Break-in period
  • Price

The Bottom Line

Much like a rodeo, we had a bit of a rocky start, but we dug our spurs in and kept riding until things smoothed out. This is a novel firearm that pulls from a couple very different schools of influence, part western, part tactical, I could easily imagine it making an appearance in the "Firefly" series.

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POF Tombstone Specs & Features


Barrel Length
5.75 lbs.
Comes with
Cardboard box, 20-round magazine, mag loader, owner’s manual


Short throw lever
Oversized lever loop
Magpul 870 Stock

Source: POF USA

POF Tombstone Background

There really isn’t anything out there like the Tombstone, but we can easily see what influenced the designers behind this firearm. There are heavy AR-15 vibes coming off the gun until you get to the rear.

POF Tombstone shoot right

There, the oversized lever loop gives us another clue on influence, the tactical lever-action guns that have become so popular lately.

The overall aesthetic is very tactical, as evidenced by the M-LOK, Picatinny rail, and QD wells.

Who Is It For?

This is a little harder to answer. Granted, there are a few tactical lever guns out there now, but those chambered in 9mm are scarce as hen’s teeth.

POF Tombstone prone

In short, this gun has a couple of appealing factors. First, it is rather unique in the firearms industry, part cowboy, part soldier.

Second, it’s a lightweight, practical rifle that could easily have truck gun, ranch gun, or home defense applications — particularly for restrictive states.

Fit & Feel

As noted above, the Tombstone is very light, and you can see the efforts taken to maintain this in the fluting on the free-floated barrel and 10.5-inch rail.

POF Tombstone front

Here, the rifle excels when compared to old wood and brass lever actions and even some AR-15s.

The finish is very tactical, with a black, non-reflective finish on all the exterior aluminum. The Magpul 870 stock is very familiar by now, with an excellent grip angle that matches the loop lever nicely.

POF Tombstone rear

There are a couple of textured panels on either side of the pistol grip portion of the stock. The butt pad is nice and squishy (designed for 12 gauge) but holds to the shoulder nicely.

The stock also features QD wells on either side as well as traditional sling loops. However you want to mount one up, you’ve got options with the Tombstone.

POF Tombstone buttstock

The rail feels a little abbreviated but still has a great deal of utility. Multiple M-LOK slots adorn the 3, 6, and 9 spots, and there are QD wells on either side, fore, and aft.

Picatinny rail sections are more selective, with one running the length of the receiver and two more at the top and bottom of the rail, close to the muzzle. The rail and receiver are blended together well and don’t look like something was retrofitted.

POF Tombstone magwell

Even the magwell is nicely flared inside, though it is not visible from the outside. The angles do a great job of guiding the magazine into a solid seat.

The fluted, 16.5-inch barrel is capped in a two-port muzzle device, but this is also threaded 1/2×28, opening up a variety of options to the shooter. A short suppressor might make the Tombstone quite the varmint gun.

POF Tombstone trigger

The trigger was graced with a flat bow that had a slight angle at the end. It broke crisply at an average 1.9 pounds on the Lyman Digital Gauge with no hint of creep or pre-travel.

One additional touch I appreciated was an extension on the hammer. Mounted to the side, this allows clearance for the thumb should you mount a scope that would otherwise crowd the space.

POF Tombstone hammer extension

Although I had mounted a Primary Arms 1-6 LPVO for shooting MOA, I eventually removed this to check out the irons. The front post has a white stripe, and the rear is a ghost ring; the pairing works well together.

The 20-round magazine is plastic-bodied, with ten and twenty indicators on the right side. There’s a ribbed ledge on the back, which is nice for indexing during reloads.

How Does It Shoot?

I own a few lever action Henrys, and by comparison, the throw on this lever is very short. The lever pulls down to about 90 degrees before stopping.

POF Tombstone right rear

The loop of the lever is also bigger than traditional lever guns, and that’s a welcome feature. The bigger loop and shorter throw enable you to cycle the weapon pretty quickly once you get used to it.

That being said, the Tombstone had some struggles with feeding initially. The lever felt stiff though this loosened up a bit with time.

POF Tombstone ejection

Because of how the weapon is designed, empty casings kind of dribble out the side. This means you must run the lever crisply so as not to induce a malfunction.

Once I reminded myself of this issue a couple of times, I ran the lever firmly but still experienced an occasional failure to feed or a double feed. Somewhere between the 200 and 300 rounds mark, this cleared up, and the Tombstone ran smoothly.

POF Tombstone accuracy

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect on the accuracy side, so when we set up to shoot MOA, I used three different brands of ammo. For testing, I used Remington UMC 115 grain FMJ, AAC 124 grain FMJ, and Belom 124 grain FMJ.

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Shooting prone from a CTK Precision P3 Ultimate Shooting Rest, the AAC grouped up at approximately 5 MOA. The Remington was roughly the same, but the Belom came in at just over 3 MOA.

POF Tombstone irons

I found the rifle to be comfortable, and the recoil impulse was negligible. With a little practice, I was able to pick up some speed while keeping good accuracy.

Switching to irons, I started to relax and enjoy myself, pinging steel at moderate distances. The Tombstone performed exceptionally well at ranges of 30 yards and in.

POF Tombstone treed

Reloads were non-existent because the rifle only comes with one magazine. That being said, the magazine seated well and dropped clearly when I pushed the button.

What Sets it Apart?

This rifle is a horse of a different color. There are a few brands of tactical lever guns out there now, but they are often chambered in traditional calibers.

POF Tombstone Bessie the Cow

The Tombstone combines the modern, tactical lever gun with the Swiss Army Knife utility of the AR-15. In addition, it does so while sharing a round with commonly carried defensive pistols.

By The Numbers



The Tombstone put out some decent accuracy, particularly with the Belom ammo.



As mentioned above, we experienced several malfunctions relating to feeding or ejecting in the beginning, but these disappeared after a couple hundred rounds.



Between the rail and the Magpul stock, shooters can add quite a few accessories to this rifle to customize it. The Tombstone comes in black or flat dark earth too.



Being a relatively new design, the ergonomics are good on the rail and stock. Controls are either a bit cramped like the crossbolt safety, or a stretch to reach, like the magazine releases.



POF’s website lists the Tombstone at $1,962 for black and $2,097 for FDE though I saw them at online retailers for approximately $1,848 on average.



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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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Final Verdict

POF’s Tombstone is a cool rifle that is unlike pretty much anything out there. Although we had some initial struggles with cycling in the beginning, things smoothed out after a couple of hundred rounds.

The rifle delivered accurate fire, and with practice, I was able to pick up the pace with this lightweight cross between an AR-15 and a lever-action carbine. Although the gun is rather unique, I ultimately saw the utility it possessed.

Whether you’re a rancher riding the range, a collector looking for something different, or a home defender in a location with restrictive laws, the Tombstone might just be a good option for you.

Will you mosey down to the mercantile for a Tombstone pardner? Let us know in the comments below, and for more lever-gun love, check out 10 Best Lever Action Rifles [You Can Still Buy]!

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  • Commenter Avatar

    That's almost enough Bazooka Joe Comics to get another Winchester Model 71 in .348 WCF.

    This new gizmo might be a combination of too much modern and not enough old fashioned to sell well.

    May 20, 2023 8:09 pm
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      Sean Curtis

      Ha, thanks for the Bazooka Joe reference!

      May 23, 2023 10:58 am
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    Looks 'kinda attractive and ugly at the same time but ya might think about it anyway' sort of - sorta in a way like that woman in that dimly lit bar looked after one drink too many. But the price, noooooo.

    May 20, 2023 6:17 am
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      Sean Curtis

      Ha, well said.

      May 20, 2023 4:27 pm
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    I didn't see one but how about a "2023" review on semi auto PPC's?Particularly some recommendations for USPSA and IDPA PPC class?

    May 19, 2023 1:03 pm
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      Sean Curtis

      Great topic, thanks!

      May 20, 2023 4:31 pm
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    Don't think it will be a big seller, caliber being to small for a real hunting rifle except maybe for varmints and too expensive for just plinking.

    May 19, 2023 11:49 am
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      Sean Curtis

      Yeah the price tag is going to be a stopping point for a lot of folks.

      May 20, 2023 4:32 pm
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    Interesting but not enough to convert most Winchester/Marlin/Henry folks, especially with the combination of that price + a wimpy extractor.

    May 19, 2023 10:14 am
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      Sean Curtis

      I feel like that's what they were after maybe, next levelling the tactical lever gun.

      May 20, 2023 4:33 pm
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    Marlin Waters

    What a ridiculous rifle at a ridiculous price.

    May 19, 2023 9:48 am
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    I have a PC9 which fills the bill perfectly @ 1/3 the price.i

    May 19, 2023 6:46 am
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    Sam Wiede

    No way! Especially at almost $2000 smackers! Too many other solid options for less coin.

    May 19, 2023 5:24 am
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    POF has clearly targeted those with an unreasonable amount of disposable income and the "need" to own a "C-grade" firearm.

    May 19, 2023 1:19 am
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    I'm not awake enough to look into it and do the math, anyone have an estimate on how many rounds of cheap 9mm it would take before this becomes a better value proposition than a far cheaper yet more powerful .357 mag rifle? I'd imagine its a good bit more than most people are going to run though a manual action plinker/ranch gun if they aren't a gun reviewer by trade.

    May 18, 2023 11:42 pm
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    I miss John. His stuff was more engaging.

    May 18, 2023 11:06 pm
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    Ha! At first, I thought that's a pretty neat gun....9mm is pretty affordable, it might make a cool play gun for plinking tin cans. Then I saw the price point. Nope, nope, nope! This gun can do absolutely nothing that another gun can't do better and cheaper.

    May 18, 2023 10:07 pm
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    Why not also jump on the bandwagon and just accept glock mags? I have a boat load and might make it a fun shoot off a 50 round drum on a lever action.

    May 18, 2023 9:26 pm
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    Chuck Cochran

    I don't know. Being the owner of an AR (several actually), and the owner of a Vintage Pre 64 Win 94, this just looks wrong to me. Add in the price, and it's going to be out of the average Joe/Jane's means.
    It has a detachable mag and so, it's going to be an issue for those living under Unconstitutional State Bans, so it's not really an option for those folks.
    I guess I just don't really see the point for the design, other than "Let's see if we can do this."
    Sorry, but I'd give this a hard pass.

    May 18, 2023 8:59 pm
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      Sean Curtis

      Well stated Chuck.

      May 20, 2023 4:34 pm
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    Yellow Belly Tactical

    This makes me question your bias. That’s a whole lot of money for something that was unreliable (break-in or not). Especially when you can get a quality lever action for under $1k.

    May 18, 2023 8:34 pm
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      Sean Curtis

      Sure, we all have biases... what specifically are you referring to?

      May 20, 2023 4:36 pm
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        Yellow Belly Tactical

        I’m really not trying to be a jerk, but I feel like this is way too forgiving of the reliability issues in the beginning. If you bought a Glock and it had issues for the first few hundred rounds, that would be a write-off. Obviously not everything can be a Glock, but it seems like you’re being too charitable when nice lever guns cost half what this does. At the same time though, I appreciate their innovation.

        May 20, 2023 7:15 pm
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          Sean Curtis

          I didn't think that and I appreciate the clarification. It's an interesting position and you pointed out the very precedent I rely on when you mentioned Glock. If I accept that behavior from Glocks (and I do), but trash this one for the same reason, that is bias. No, I noted the behavior and reduced the reliability rating in the article. I suspect I've communicated what most people would want to know without telling them how to think.

          May 23, 2023 10:57 am
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    You just endorsed an $1800, under powered unreliable pointless waste of money. So much for you credibility.

    May 18, 2023 7:27 pm
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      Sean Curtis

      Heels I wouldn't call it a ringing endorsement, but I tried to point out the cool aspects while also being upfront about the shortcomings.

      May 18, 2023 8:33 pm
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        Rereading my comment I may have been a little too vocal the first time. I still think it's an expensive piece of crap.

        However, I hope your weekend is a good one. There was no need for me to get personal.

        May 18, 2023 11:40 pm
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          A classy response, Heels. You deserve a good weekend for that, too. As for the rifle, it just doesn’t trip my trigger although it may for others.

          May 19, 2023 1:35 pm
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            Sean Curtis

            I salute your decorum, thank you. I fully expect to be challenged and I encourage everyone to be critical consumers of media.

            May 20, 2023 4:31 pm
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    Mike Shell

    It’s at a ridiculous price point. $2,000 by the time you add tax.

    May 18, 2023 7:26 pm
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      Sean Curtis

      Yeah MIke, the price is tough.

      May 18, 2023 8:34 pm
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    Not for $1800+

    May 18, 2023 7:06 pm
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      Sean Curtis

      No argument.

      May 18, 2023 8:34 pm
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    Personally, I’d choose Henry’s new 9mm carbine lever action….if you want a lever action. Much more attractive, with greater reliability. Not sure why the AR characteristics are needed with mediocre accuracy of 100yds. For a 9mm carbine.

    May 18, 2023 6:48 pm
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      Sean Curtis

      Thanks Dave, we may get around to covering that one. I own several Henrys and have had great luck with them.

      May 18, 2023 8:35 pm
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      I thought Henry's new 9mm carbine was a semiauto. I can't find a lever action 9 on their website.

      May 19, 2023 7:28 am
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