Shooting should be fun. In fact, I grew up learning to shoot in a safe and fun environment. Lately it’s all too easy to get hung up on what needs to be reviewed, photographed, video taken, new angles to shoot from and working on grips and tactics to give a more accurate representation of the gun. Safety always plays a first priority type part, but unfortunately sometimes fun gets left out.
Henry Repeating Arms boast some very specific traits that are found in few gun makers in the U.S. today. First of all, they design and build lever action rifles exclusively. Henry rifles are also made entirely in the U.S.A. with parts entirely FROM the U.S.A. In fact, they’re so passionate about making all of their products in the United States, they say they won’t make them at all if they have to go overseas with work.
Last week I got to shoot some EXTREMELY fun guns and do it with people I enjoy being around and shooting with (most of my shooting/video is done 100% solo). It’s a little disconcerting to think about and even reveal to all of you that while I’ve shot a variety of lever action rifles in larger calibers (.444 Marlin, 45-70, .45 Long Colt, 30/30 Win) I have yet to fire a Henry Repeater let alone do a rifle review on one. Well, that is until today. This little rifle has a beautiful finish all around. The American (Missouri on commercials) Walnut stock is exquisite with a smooth satin finish and the blued finish on the receiver, lever, barrel and tube magazine are equally as impressive.
Simplicity runs rampant across this gun as it screams simple beauty and a design that just WORKS. The operation of the lever, hammer and trigger are all buttery smooth as can be while still offering a super tight finish and lock up. There is nothing stiff and rigid about this gun. In fact, EVERYTHING about it screams, “SHOOT ME, SHOOT ME, SHOOT ME!” The hooded front sight is easy to pick up through the horned rear sight and regardless of the shooters height or length of pull he shouldn’t have a problem getting comfortable on this rifle.
One of Henry’s mottos is “Load on Sunday and Shoot All Week.” This motto doesn’t feel far from the truth when you’re plowing through the 15 rounds of 22 Long Rifle the Classic Lever Action holds. This rifle wasn’t brand new at the point of review, BUT after several hundred rounds and ZERO failures of any sort with any ammo, it’s comforting to know this rifle function like you would expect a traditional lever gun to. On top of its reliability, depending on your application you can shoot 22 Long Rifle, Long, and SHORT RIFLE ammo through this gun with no problem. The thought of shooting accurately and quietly with CB Shorts (750 fps, 29 grain bullet) through a repeater like this sounds like a blast.
I do need to give a special shout of thanks and recognition to my cousin Jeremy who readily let me review this rifle that he’s loved and cared for for several years now. Thanks my friend for your generous donation to Haus of Guns!