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Henry Rifles's Most Popular Firearms

By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2015 02:11 PM

Henry Repeating Arms has been in the firearms business in some form since 1911. The parent company once made holsters and sold weapons to the New York Police Department. The company is named after Benjamin Tyler Henry, who patented the first widely successful repeating lever action rifle in 1860.

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The current company named after Henry took the brand in 1996. The firm specializes in long guns, especially rifles. Henry Repeating Arms is the largest domestic manufacturer of lever action rifles.

Here are a few of Henry Rifles’s most popular firearms.

Original 1860 Henry Rifle
Only about 14,000 copies of the original Henry Rifle were built. “Patented in 1860 and first used in the Civil War, the rifle’s rapid fire capability and high-capacity tubular magazine stood in amazing contrast to its single-shot musket counterpart,” according to Henry Repeating Arms. In 2013 the modern company started manufacturing a .44-40 caliber replica of the original rifle. The original 1860 rifle used a .44 caliber rimfire cartridge that is no longer available.

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AR-7 Takedown / Henry U.S. Survival Rifle
One of Henry Rifles’ most popular weapons was originally designed for the U.S. Air Force as a takedown survival rifle. Takedown rifles are designed to be disassembled into small storage spaces. “The purpose and convenience of a takedown rifle is obvious: A rifle that can be taken apart so that its length is reduced by about half is easier to store, pack, travel with — and hide,” wrote Jim Carmichel in Outdoor Life Magazine.

The ability to disassemble the weapon into its own shoulder stock means it can be packed into small spaces for military survival purposes. It can also be easily packed for hunting trips or cached away for long-term storage for self-defense.

Henry Golden Boy Rifle
This rifle is decorated with scrollwork on the metal surfaces. The lever-action rifle is made from the company’s Brasslite receiver. The stocks are American walnut. “Back in 1860 when Benjamin Tyler Henry developed the first effective lever-action repeating rifle and established (the original) Henry Repeating Arms Company, he probably wasn’t thinking about presentation pieces but simply of making reliable firearms,” wrote Doug Larson in Guns & Ammo Magazine. “As it turns out, though, the traditional lever-action Personalized Golden Boy is both.”

Henry Big Boy Rifle
This centerfire lever-action has a 10-round magazine. The weapon embraces its 1800s heritage by not including a safety. “Henry’s lawyers must have gone into convulsions when company president Anthony Imperato made the call; this ballistics-crazed brief gives the decision two big thumbs-up,” wrote Chris Dumm of The Truth About Guns. “There’s no half-cock notch. But there are two passive safeties: a trigger block prevents the gun from firing unless the lever and bolt are fully closed and locked, and a transfer bar passive safety allows the rifle to be carried safely with the hammer down on a live round.”

While Henry Arms focuses on the lever-action styles perfected and popularized by its namesake, the company also builds and sells bolt-action youth sized rifles. The firm also builds personalized rifles for corporate customers engraved with corporate logos and themes.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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