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Henry Rifles Models: How To Choose the Firearm That's Best For You

By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2015 02:22 PM

Henry Repeating Arms is a New Jersey-based manufacturer of lever-action rifles. A wide range of sizes, calibers and designs of these rifles are available. Henry Rifles models customize the fit and design to a shooter’s needs, which is vital to ensuring the weapon owner gets the most out of the investment.

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When Are Lever-actions Appropriate?

Benjamin Tyler Henry, for whom the company is named, first patented a 15-round lever-action repeating rifle in 1860. At that time, being able to fire that many rounds without reloading was a game-changer in hunting and warfare. During the Civil War, it was called “that damned Yankee rifle you could load on Sunday and shoot all week.”

Self-defense
For home-defense purposes, lever-action rifles are slower than semi-automatic rifles with magazines. They also tend to be more expensive than other more popular home-defense options. “ But these as well as aging lever guns in many other calibers are still around, and the vast majority of them are still in good working order,” wrote Chris Baker of Lucky Gunner. “If that’s all that someone happens to have, maybe it’s not such a bad option for a home-defense rifle.”

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Hunting
Repeating lever-action rifles are considered highly reliable in dirty and wet conditions. That makes it ideal for hunting situations. The image of a lever-action rifle while hunting is also ingrained in American culture. “I can easily measure a rifle’s worth in cold mechanical terms, but not so the lever action,” wrote David Petzal in Field & Stream. “Let me put it this way: Can you picture John Wayne with anything but a lever gun? It’s easier to imagine Roy Rogers accompanying himself on the harp, or the Lone Ranger yelling ‘Hi-yo, Titanium.’ The lever action isn’t just a type of rifle; it’s part of our American culture.”

Left-handed or Right-handed?

Henry makes ambidextrous and left-handed rifles. Lever-action rifles tend to be better for both handed shooters than bolt-action and other firearms. The only difference is that the cartridge is ejected across the front of the shooter instead of to the side.

Young or Mature, Large or Small Framed?
Henry Repeating Arms has embraced youth shooting sports by manufacturing both lever-action and bolt-action youth-sized rifles. Adult models can be fitted to any shooter at their local gunsmith or dealer through the use of a fitting gun and range practice.

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

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