Stuart Allan describes the 22 Henry Lever Action Rifle:
The 22 Henry Lever Action Rifle is a lever-action rifle with a tubular magazine, meaning that the tube you see underneath the barrel is where the cartridges are stored. Load the tube. Work the lever back and forth, take aim and fire. This rifle probably does not need an explanation of its function because I can almost guarantee you have seen at least one just like it.
Have you ever seen a John Wayne movie? Ever heard the name Clint Eastwood? If you have ever seen any western movie, or looked at a painting of the wild west? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you know exactly what this rifle looks like. This Iconic piece of old west history is likely one of the most famous rifles to ever be produced.
The rifle you have seen it the old westerns is actually chambered to fire a larger cartridge instead of the 22 caliber cartridge that ours fires. That however is a great thing because the recoil of a 22 cartridge is almost non existent, making is a real joy to shoot for anyone who wants to put it to their shoulder. This rifle not only looks like something straight out of the movies, but, as many parents have found, it is perfect for teaching your children how to use, and respect a firearm.
An interesting fact about the Henry is that it is made by Henry Repeating Arms which has been producing lever action repeating rifles since the end of the Civil War. My first encounter with one of these rifles was my Grandfather’s rifle which had been his Grandfather’s rifle. This gun’s history might even go further back than that! My grandfather had received it as a young boy and it was already broken so it became his toy rifle that he used to pack around all over the family homestead.
When Henry repeaters were first adopted by the Union towards the end of the Civil War the Confederate soldiers claimed the Union soldiers would “Load ‘em on Sunday and shoot all week.”
You may no longer be able to take a picture with John Wayne, but a picture or video of you firing a 22 Henry Lever Action Rifle here at the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience has almost the same significance. I hope the memories you create will be as fond as mine.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 1996, they acquired the rights to the historical firearms name “Henry” and established the Henry Repeating Arms Company. The name comes from Benjamin Tyler Henry the inventor of the first repeating rifle, which came to be known as the Henry rifle. The Henry Repeating Arms Company made its first shipment of the Henry H001 Lever Action .22 caliber cowboy shooting rifle in March 1997. The company operated from Brooklyn NY until September 2008 when they moved to current headquarters in Bayonne New Jersey. In 2006 Anthony Imperato purchased the assets of the Wright Products company, a supplier of key components to Henry Repeating Arms and established Henry Wisconsin LLC.
Louis Imperato was Chairman of the company from 1996 to his death in November 2007. Anthony Imperato has remained President of the company from 1996 to present. The company was awarded the American Business Stevie Award for exceptional customer service in 2016.
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Henry Repeating Arms manufactures a broad line of both rimfire and centerfire caliber lever action rifles. Their signature lever action rifles are the Henry Golden Boy, Henry Big Boy and Henry Long Ranger. In addition the company manufactures a semi-automatic takedown .22LR known as the Henry US Survival AR-7, the Henry Pump Action .22, and a single shot stainless steel youth bolt action known as the Henry Mini Bolt. In 2017 Henry Repeating Arms will introduce shotguns for the first time, including the Henry Lever Action 410 gauge, the Henry Single Shot Shotgun in 12, 20 and 410 gauge, as well as the Henry Single Shot Rifle in various centerfire calibers.
Here at the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience, we love shooting this gun with our happy clients enjoying Jackson Hole Activities!