When we brought out our first Original Henry rifle as an all-American-made re-introduction of Benjamin Tyler Henry’s classic brass-framed 1860 lever action design, the reception was so positive that we got right to work on an “iron-framed” version, and that in turn led us to two nicely engraved special editions as limited-run One-Of-1,000 offerings, both in brass frames. The first sold out almost immediately. We aren’t done yet though. For 2017 we’re adding another One-of-1,000 limited edition variation that we consider to be the most distinctive rifle in our entire catalog.
Building on the Original Henry’s specs, it still features a 24.5″ blued steel octagonal barrel, a full-length 13-round split magazine with external follower, a rotating barrel collar for front-end loading, a presentation-grade American Walnut stock and a distinctive crescent buttplate with the cleaning rod trapdoor. It also retains the period-correct folding ladder rear sight and “in-the-white” front blade, but like our first brass-framed offering the caliber has been updated to the more readily available .44-40. It’s the truly magnificent engraving done in a high-luster nickel finish that really sets this functional work of art apart from the rest.
This Silver Deluxe Engraved version uses a brass frame, like our first Original, but we’ve used electroless nickel plating on the frame, buttplate, shell carrier, and magazine cartridge follower. The rifle is then finished off with a stunning engraving that covers 90% of the receiver surface. In keeping with the Civil War era that spawned the Original, we commissioned a patriotic theme for the new Silver Deluxe’s deeply detailed engraving pattern in the style of the times.
We know this beauty will be the centerpiece of your lever action collection, and like all of our special edition heirlooms, it’s a shooter. But don’t wait too long; we’re firmly holding the line at 1,000, and they’ll go in a hurry.