By: Friedrich Seiltgen
Copyright © 2022
Henry Repeating Arms takes its name from Benjamin Tyler Henry, the inventor of the legendary Henry rifle. The Henry was the first repeating rifle, patented in 1860. His breakthrough design for a reliable and practical lever-action repeater cemented his name into firearms’ history. Moreover, he cemented the lever-action as America’s unique contribution to the international stage of firearms design.
In 1997, the Henry Repeating Arms name was resurrected by Anthony Imperato at his factory in Brooklyn, New York.
As usual, we ask ourselves, where did the time go? I recall standing behind an 8-foot collapsible table in the basement of the SHOT Show in 1997 with a prototype of the H001 Classic Lever Action .22. Over 1,000,000 of these have sold since, and March of 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the first rifles bearing a Henry Repeating Arms roll mark leaving our original loading dock in Brooklyn, NY.
Anthony Imperato CEO & Founder Henry Repeating Arms 2
Henry Repeating Arms’ release of the New Original Henry brought production of the first-ever lever-action rifle back to American soil where it started for the first time in over 150 years. The New Original Henry is a line-by-line reproduction of the 1860 patent with concessions made only to accommodate modern cartridges.
On their twenty-fifth anniversary, Henry proudly announces this limited-edition salute of that legacy with The New Original Henry 25th Anniversary Edition. This model is limited to 2,500 exclusive units with unique serial numbers ranging from 25HENRY0001 to 25HENRY2500.
THE RECEIVER & FURNITURE
The 25th Anniversary Edition is engraved with traditional leafy vine scrollwork on both sides of the polished brass receiver, with the Henry 25th Anniversary emblem sitting proudly on the right side. On both receiver sides, “XXV” numerals reiterate the rifle’s place in Henry’s history.
The furniture on the 25th Anniversary Edition is a rich rosewood, hand-selected by Henry CEO and founder, Anthony Imperato. The wood presents a warm reddish color, which is a beautiful complement to the brass receiver and crescent buttplate.
Known for its durability in the woodworking and furniture worlds, collectors can pass this heirloom down from generation to generation with minimal dings and dents.
The Henry barrel is 24.5 inches of octagon shaped, blued steel with a 1:36 rate of twist.
Type: Toggle Link Lever Action
Caliber: .44-40 WCF (Winchester Centerfire)
Magazine capacity: 13 Rounds
Sights: Rear sight – folding ladder, Front sight – blade
Barrel Length: 24.5 Inches
Overall Length: 43 Inches
Weight: 9.0 Pounds
A beautiful tribute to the Henry legacy. Head down to your Henry Dealer and take a look at this masterpiece.
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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, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at [email protected].