By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Gunpowder readers surely remember our recent piece on the HK 416 .22 rifle. Many shooters love the modern style of the 416, but for those of you who prefer a more classic style rifle, we’ll review the Henry Classic Lever Action .22!

The Henry Classic Lever Action is one of the most popular .22 rifles on the market with more than 1,000,000 sold. Henry owner Anthony Imperato states, “This is the rifle that put Henry Repeating Arms on the map, energized the lever action market, and resurrected the Henry name.”

This rifle comes with real walnut furniture, a blued steel barrel, and an action so smooth you’d expect to be paying a couple hundred more $ for the gun.

The Henry .22 also comes in a Carbine model. complete with a 16 1/8 barrel and a cool-looking large loop lever! You can also buy the large loop lever separately for your standard model. If you’re looking for a copy of Steve McQueen’s Mare’s Leg, Henry makes a pistol version in .22, .357, .44 magnum and .45 Colt. How cool is that!

The Henry, as with many other lever actions, has no external safety. Just make sure the hammer is in the half-cocked position.


Action Type: Lever Action

Caliber: .22 S/L/LR

Magazine capacity: 15 LR/17 L/21 S

Sights: Adjustable Rear, Hooded Blade Front with 3/8” Grooved Receiver for Scope Mounting

Barrel Length: 18.5

Length: 36.5

Weight: 5.25 lbs.

MSRP: $386


The Henry is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. With its 1:16 rate of twist and smooth action, the gun is exceptionally accurate. Another plus is the tubular magazine. I know Gunpowder readers are cringing at the insane prices of magazines right now. Don’t forget the Henry Guarantee from the owner Anthony Imperato:

“Henry owners have my personal guarantee to make certain that they are 100 satisfied with their purchase of our rifles. 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.”

As their tagline says, Henry products are “Made in America or Not Made at All.” Henry also offers several accessories for the H001, including a Hi Viz Front Sight Set and a receiver cover with saddle ring that can easily be swapped out, for those who like a more western style rifle!

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, Firearms, First Aid, Active Shooter Response, and Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations in Florida. His writing has appeared in The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at

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