Benjamin Tyler Henry
His invention: The Henry Rifle
In every field of human endeavor there is a select group of individuals who are given credit for making such major contributions that they become synonymous with their achievements. In the area of firearms development, one name that must be included on that honored roster is Benjamin Tyler Henry. His invention: The Henry Rifle.
It was Mr. Henry who 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. Due to its revolutionary design and rapid rate of fire, the Henry quickly found popularity both with the military and civilian purchasers. Early sales were especially brisk in Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana.
7th Illinois Volunteer Infantry
With its reliable .44 caliber rimfire metallic cartridge, the Henry produced a rapid and highly accurate fire. Reports of the successful use of Henry rifles in the Civil War were numerous. The incredible firepower unleashed by the Henry is evident in Major William Ludlow’s account of the Battle of Allatoona Pass. “What saved us that day was the fact that we had a number of Henry rifles” wrote Major Ludlow. “This company of 16 shooters sprang to the parapet and poured out such a multiplied, rapid and deadly fire, that no men could stand in front of it and no serious effort was made thereafter to take the fort by assault.”
The original Henry factory in New Haven, CT
After an encounter with the 7th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, which had the good fortune to be armed with Henrys, one Confederate officer is credited with the phrase, “It’s a rifle that you could load on Sunday and shoot all week long.”
The Henry rifle would go on to 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.
Henry Repeating Arms is the leading lever action manufacturer and one of the top-five long gun manufacturers in the USA. Our goal is to manufacture a line of classic, well-crafted firearms that every enthusiast can afford. The passion, expertise, and dedication of our employees embody the company’s motto, which is “Made in America Or Not Made At All”. Rest assured, when you read the roll-mark on the barrel of a Henry it’s going to say “Made in the USA.”
Henry Repeating Arms employs over 475 people and operates two manufacturing facilities totaling 250,000 square feet. The company headquarters is located in Bayonne, New Jersey, and a second manufacturing facility is located in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Louis Imperato served as Chairman of the company from its start in 1996 until his passing in November of 2007. Anthony Imperato has served as the company President from the company’s inception through today. Andy Wickstrom is the Vice President/General Manager and Lemana Saran serves as Vice President/Assistant to the President.
Henry Repeating Arms 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, the inventor who patented the first repeating rifle in 1860, known as the Henry rifle. There is no affiliation or lineage to Benjamin Tyler Henry or to the New Haven Arms Company, who sold the original Henry rifle from 1862 to 1864. Anthony Imperato secured the trademark to the Henry name in 1996.
Henry Repeating Arms manufactures rifles and shotguns. The company produces a broad range of lever action rifles in both rimfire and centerfire calibers, in a variety of finishes, including alloy, steel, hardened brass, hardened silver, color case hardened, and All-Weather. The company’s signature model is the Henry Golden Boy, a rimfire lever action whose moniker is “the gun that brings out the West in you”. The company has sold over one million of their model H001 Classic Lever Action .22 rifle, which has become a staple of the firearms industry. The company donated serial number 1 million which was auctioned and raised over $50,000. The Henry Big Boy is a centerfire lever action that is ideal for brush hunting, home defense and cowboy action shooting. The Henry Long Ranger is a centerfire lever action that delivers bolt action distance and precision for big game hunts. The company resurrected the original Henry rifle and today it is offered in calibers .44-40 and .45 Colt in a variety of finishes. The Henry Lever Action .410 bore is the only lever action shotgun on the market. The Henry US Survival AR-7 is an updated version of the U.S. Air Force AR-7, a take-down .22 that is ideal for all outdoorsmen. All of the rifles components fit into the buttstock. The Henry Mini Bolt is the ideal beginners’ rifle, a stainless steel single shot .22 that is the official youth rifle of the USA Shooting Team. Henry Repeating Arms is the official firearms licensee of the Boy Scouts of America, and several Henry Boy Scout editions are available. The company has a line of tribute rifles, honoring many deserving constituencies including those serving in the military, 1st responders, and the American Farmer. The Henry Corporate Editions program offers companies the opportunity to place their logo on a Henry rifle for employee retirements, dealer rewards, and corporate milestones. The Henry Single Shot Shotgun is available in hardened brass or steel in 12, 20 and 410 gauges. The Henry Single Shot rifle is also available in hardened brass or steel in over 10 centerfire calibers.
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