Libertarian and science fiction writer L. Neil Smith responded to my Praxis question with the email below. You can find Neil's work at The Webley Page: http://www.lneilsmith.org; The Libertarian Enterprise: http://www.ncc-1776.org; LNS at Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership http://www.jpfo.org/filegen-a-m/lneilsmith.htm and Big Head Press: http://www.bigheadpress.com.
I have always considered my M94 Marlin in .44 Magnum to be my "urban assault rifle" since Jeff Cooper invented the term. Ten rounds in the magazine, one in the chamber, can be re-fed without being incapacitated. Much stronger and more durable than the Winchester. I own several "black guns" -- tell your henpecked friend to practice saying "sport-utility rifle" -- but for this retired gunsmith, it's the Marlin 94, or its big brother the 1895CB (ony nine rounds in the magazine, alas) in .47-70.
That one I keep beside the bed, just beneath the shelf for the Glock 20.
"It's not your mother. It's just a big rock." -- L. Neil Smith
Now I've never liked buckhorn/leaf sights, I've always preferred peep sights. As my eyes have gotten older, I have learned to appreciate the ghost ring. So if it was me, I'd put one of these on it:
This sight fits the Model 1894 Marlin lever action rifle. The sight is designed to mount using the pre-drilled and tapped holes on the top of the receiver. It is adjustable for windage and elevation and adjustments are locked in place with set screws. This sight is precision manufactured to close tolerances and can be ordered in Blued steel or Brass. The removable .096" aperture allows the marksman to use a fine aperture or a much larger ghost ring. The sight can be ordered with a custom aperture size at no additional charge. Mounting screws and set screw wrench are included. Price: $54 which includes shipping and handling.
However, that brings us to another problem with the original question. Price. The factory MSRP of a Model 1894 is $590.64. Tack on the shipping (if any) taxes and the peep/ghost ring sight and you are now out of the "cheap zone."
Well, there are no free lunches. -- MBV.