By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Copyright © 2023


In every field of human endeavor, a select group of individuals are credited for making such significant contributions that they become synonymous with their achievements. In firearms development, one name that must be included on that honored roster is Benjamin Tyler Henry—his invention: The Henry Rifle.

Mr. Henry conceived the first practical lever-action repeating rifle patented in 1860. The Henry gave a single man the firepower of a dozen marksmen armed with muzzle-loading muskets.

America was engulfed in the searing flames of the Civil War, and the first Henry rifles were in the hands of Union soldiers by mid-1862.

The Henry rifle would play a significant, if not dominant, role in the frontier days of the American West. It would soon become one of the most legendary, respected, and sought-after rifles in the history of firearms. A contemporary rifle collection isn’t complete without one.

The Henry Repeating Arms of today was started by Louis Imperato and his son Anthony Imperato in Brooklyn, New York, in 1996. The first model produced was the Henry H001 Classic Lever Action .22, and the first shipments were made in March 1997. The original corporate motto was “Made in America and Priced Right.”

Henry Repeating Arms takes its name from Benjamin Tyler Henry, who patented the first repeating rifle in 1860. However, there is no affiliation or lineage to Benjamin Tyler Henry or the New Haven Arms Company, which manufactured the original Henry rifle from 1862 to 1864.


“Henry owners have my personal guarantee to make certain that they are 100% satisfied with their purchase of our firearms. If you are going to spend your money on a Henry, I can assure you that we will do whatever it takes to make sure that you are happy that you bought a Henry.” ~ CEO & Founder, Anthony Imperato


In the Henry tradition, their first-ever revolver is a beautiful piece of art created by folks who take pride in their work. It has a historical style with modern features like a transfer bar safety that keeps the firing pin from striking a loaded chamber unless the hammer is cocked back and the trigger is squeezed.


The polished-blued steel medium-sized frame is available with square Gunfighter-style grips for maximum control or rounded, compact Birdshead-style grips for better concealment. Other features include a quick-release cylinder and genuine American walnut grip panels affixed to both sides of a mirror-like brass trigger guard visible around the grip to the top of the backstrap.


The 4” barrel with a 1:16 Twist features a fixed notch cut directly into the frame and a ramped blade front sight, of which three sizes are included for regulating the point of aim to match the point of impact.


Type: Double-Action Revolver

Caliber: .357 Magnum /.38 Special

Capacity: 6 Rounds

Sights: Rear: Fixed Notch, Front: Screw-On Post

Barrel Length: 4 Inches

Overall Length: 9.5 Inches

Weight: 35 Ounces

MSRP: $928



Whether it’s collecting, target practice, hunting, or plinking, there is a place for the Big Boy in your gun vault.

You can combine the Big Boy revolver with its rifle counterpart and have your long gun and sidearm chamber the same cartridge.

Check out the Big Boy at your Henry dealer.

That’s all for now, folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s Be Careful Out There.”

Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism Counterstrategies, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, Soldier of Fortune, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, Off Grid, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International.

Contact him at [email protected].