1860 was the year, that Benjamin Henry invented the Henry Repeating Rifle. It was patented the same year. By the middle of 1862, the rifle was in the hands of Union soldiers. Sales were brisk in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. It quickly became a favorite for those in the military and on the plains. It was used for hunting and protection. It played a significant role in the old American West. Today many consider the rifle as a form of American art. Many are used as showcase items.
The Henry is made in the United States. The company takes great pride in this achievement and announces it on their web site as well as in their magazine and on the rifle itself. Their main location is in Brooklyn, New York. Henry Repeating Rifles are made from St. Joesph, Missouri walnut. Some walnut comes from Kansas and Iowa. The steel for the gun barrel comes from Ohio. The barrels are made from machines used during the 1940’s. The same machines that made rifles for our troops, during World War II. The steel castings, for the lever and stock holder, comes from Wisconsin.
You can even have your rifle personalized with a twenty word inscription on the Golden Boy brand of rifle. You can place funny, political, declarations, and best wishes on it. Many are given, as lasting gifts, to individuals with best regards written on them.
There are currently twenty two different makes. Makes range from sporting, hunting, displays and youth. Rifles for youth are single shots. They are used, for teaching how to safely use a rifle and youth shooting competition.
All purchases of a Henry Rifle must be through a licensed dealer. Even a special ordered rifle must go through a dealer. You can find a dealer, by going through their web site at Henryrifles.com. Dealers are located throughout the United States and Canada.
Henry rifles are used for hunting, sporting competition, show and in some cases protection from wild animals. There are four calibers available. They are the .30-.30,.22LR, .22 Magnum and the .17 HMR varmint cartridge.
They even make a Henry Survival rifle, that can be broken down and stored in a backpack. This rifle is great for the outdoors-man that likes to backpack deep into the wilderness. The 30-30 is used for White Tail hunting. Prices range from $500 to $1200. The cost of your rifle depends on the size and material it is made from.
Many Henry rifles end up being heirlooms. They are passed down to the next generation as gifts or in wills.