The Henry Repeating Arms Company is an American icon among firearms enthusiast. Since Benjamin Tyler Henry’s patent of the repeating lever action rifle in 1860, the company has continued to grow and develop a solid reputation (Henry Repeating Arms Company 2015). In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the unique and interesting features across their line of 10 rifles. We’ll examine some commonalities, but even more so take a look at some of the unique features that make some of the various models stand apart.
One of the most glaring common features among all Henry models is the country of origin. They are proud to be part of the American landscape and plant their reputation on it with the bold statement of ‘Made in America, or Not Made at All.” (Henry Repeating Arms Company 2015). Another notable common feature among Henry Rifles and some would even consider synonymous with the name is the lever action. While not all Henry rifles are lever actions, Mr. Henry’s invention is incorporated into the majority of their product line. Still another common feature for all but two of their rifles is the utilization of the tubular magazine feed system. They only move away from the nostalgic tubular design for their U.S. Survival AR-7 Rifle and their Mini Bolt Youth Rifle. Both of which we’ll talk a little more about later. A couple of other commonalities you’re likely to notice on the Henry line is the octagonal barrels and beautiful preferred Walnut stock they love to incorporate into their wild west look.
Stepping away from the more common features among the Henry Rifles let’s take a look at some of their outliers. The Mini Bolt Youth Rifle is one such example. It is the only rifle in the Henry line that functions as a Bolt Action. Designed as an introduction rifle for youth this rifle has the proud accomplishment of being named the Official Youth Rifle of the USA Shooting Team (Henry Repeating Arms Company 2015). Another feature unique to this Henry rifle is their departure from the tubular feed system to a single shot design. An excellent consideration for an introductory rifle.
Another rifle in the Henry line that is unique in the catalog is the U.S. Survival AR-7 Rifle. The AR-7 is not only unique among the Henry rifles but relatively unique among rifles in general. The feature that sets it apart; the rifle breaks down easily and stows as a self-contained unit in its own stock. The AR-7 also has the notable feature of being the only Henry rifle that functions as a semi-automatic platform. Designed as a survival rifle, the AR-7 has served the company well and gained exceptional popularity among military pilots, outdoor enthusiast and survivalist alike (Henry Repeating Arms Company 2015).
Finally, another deviation from the traditional Henry Lever action style firearm is the Henry Pump-Action Octagon Rifle. As the name indicates, this gun is a pump-action and once again breaks away from the expected Henry lever style and serves as a fun plinker or shooting gallery type rifle.
Henry Repeating Arms Company. 2015. Henry Arms User Guide. Scottsdale: SDI.