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1860 Henry Rifle

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The 1860 Henry rifle

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Here is my impression of the Henry rifle with some historical background, target shooting, and of course some fun. This is one of the very first repeating rifles firing a metallic cartridge so it really plays an important part in firearms history.

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Winchester Lever Action Development: 1860 Henry

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Rifle: $19,550
Carbine: 9,775

The Henry Repeating Rifle was a truly revolutionary development in firearms technology. It was not the first repeating rifle, but it was the best of a emerging class of new arms, reliable in function and very fast to shoot (much faster than the contemporary Spencers). The Henry used a simple toggle lock locking system, with a single throw of its lever performing all the elements necessary to reload and recock the action.

The Henry's quick action was coupled with a 15-round magazine, more than double what the Spencer offered. It fired the .44 Henry rimfire cartridge, which threw a 216 grain bullet at about 1125 feet per second (this would change to 200 grains at 1200 fps within a few years). This was substantially less powerful than a heavy muzzleloader charge, but the volume of fire more than made up for it. Within 200 yards, the Henry could produce a devastating volume of fire.

The Henry was only produced for about 5 years (1862 - 1866), with about 12,000 manufactured in total. The rifle was made almost exclusively in a standard rifle pattern, with a 24 inch barrel. Some were later cut down into carbines, though. While the US military rejected the Henry for a variety of reasons, nearly all of the guns produced before the end of the war did actually see military service, with state units or individuals who supplied their own arms. In the few engagements where Henry rifles were present in substantial numbers, they proved to be a significant force multiplier.

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The Operator's Guide to the 1860 Henry Rifle

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The rifle used in this video is an Uberti Italian repro that was purchased at normal retail value.

While the design is over 150 years old, the Henry repeating rifle is still capable and effective in the right hands.

In this Operator's Guide to the 1860 Henry Rifle, we teach you everything you need to know to be effective with the world's first assault rifle:

Loading, sighting, function, disassembly, tips, tricks, and more!

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Original Henry .44-40 WCF

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In this video we showcase and shoot a modern Original Henry Model 1860. These rifles are an American Classic, being the first viable repeating rifle fielded in small numbers by the North during the Civil War and laying the foundation for a new era of firearms advancement. Stay tuned, much more on the way.

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Lever Gun Series: Mud Test - 1860 Henry Rifle

As part of our ongoing endeavors in regards to determining the viability of lever guns as potentially serviceable military arms, we're testing the 1860 Henry Rifle with the InRange mud test.

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Henry Rifle vs Spencer Rifle with R. Lee Ermey

The Henry repeating rifle vs the Spencer repeating rifle.
With R. Lee Ermey
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El precio de la historia - Rifle Henry Winchester

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SHOOTING AN ORIGINAL (replica) 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE!

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Bonus Content: 2G-ACM match with Uberti 1860 Henry Rifle

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After releasing the Operator's Guide to the 1860 Henry rifle, a number of viewers requested the bonus content of the match footage used to create that video - so here it is!

Here are all 4 stages of the 2G-ACM match, in the rain, with an Uberti reproduction 1860 Henry rifle.

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The First Assault Rifle?

If we're willing to consider the assault rifle in its applied role, and not just by an arbitrary definition, then I propose that the first assault rifle in application was the 1860 Henry and the first intermediate cartidge was the 44 Henry Rimfire.

The Henry rifle first saw combat near the end of the US Civil War but rapidly cut a bloody swath via the Indian Wars and throughout the Old West.

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Over view of the original Henry Rifle in 44-40

I take a look at the original henry rifle that I recently picked up.

The Model 1860 Henry Rifle vs the 1840 Conversion Musket

Today we take a look at two weapon systems of the Atlanta Campaign, which took place during the summer of 1864. In this new series we will examine the weapons, uniforms, gear, and tactics, of the American Civil War. We will also explore lesser known battlefields, present the history of those events, and bring you closer to the history of this great nation.




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Henry Repeating Rifle (Firearms of the Texas Frontier)

The Henry Repeating Rifle is a 44 caliber rim-fire, lever-action, breech loading rifle designed by Benjamin Tyler Henry in 1860. The Henry was radically different because it was a repeating rifle. A shooter could fire up to seventeen shots at once before reloading. Although difficult to come by, the Henry was used by some Union troops during the Civil War. Confederates called it that damned Yankee rifle that they load on Sunday and shoot all week!” After the Civil War, the Henry came to Texas, and was used by cowboys and stage drivers.

This video is part of the “Firearms of the Texas Frontier” exhibit running October 15, 2014 through April 15, 2015 at the Alamo. For more information

1860 Henry Rifle

In October 1860, B.T. Henry was granted a patent for the design of a new gun, a repeating rifle that used metallic cartridges. It was the first repeating rifle in history. With it, one man could load 15 cartridges in eight to ten seconds. That was the equivalent of 15 men armed with traditional firearms. It was such an important innovation that the gun was named after its inventor, Henry, and its cartridges bore his initial, H. The barrel has an integrated magazine tube.

Curator's Corner: The 1860 Henry Rifle

Wes Dillion from James D. Julia Inc. Auction Company shares an upcoming treasure and auction item with Jim Supica, from the National Firearms Museum, and John Popp on this Curator's Corner. Still in Oklahoma at Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show, an three examine the excellent 1860 Model Henry Lever-Action Rifle. The Henry was great step forward in firearm evolution with its fifteen round capacity. Check out 10,000 zoomable pics of 3,000 guns at the museum website, (episode aired 2-23-12)
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The Henry Rifle was the revolutionary culmination

The Henry repeating rifle is a lever-action, breech-loading, tubular magazine rifle famed both for its use at the Battle of the Little Bighorn and being the basis for the iconic Winchester rifle of the American Wild West.
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Henry 1860 Rifle - 60 Second Gun Video

Henry 1860 rifle in .45 colt that I had the chance to shoot recently. I do not plan on ever having these to sell but felt like posting this one minute clip up any how!

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