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America’s Rifle

24

America's Rifle: The Lever Action

lever-action-usaAmerica's Unique Contribution To International Firearms Design

When the Chinese invented gunpowder in the 9th Century, it was a big deal. Much flash, big bangs, and a super-cool new way of celebrating the New Year. Those were good enough for the next three hundred years or so, but eventually somebody got to wondering what else the stuff could be used for, and by the 12th Century the first crude "guns" were emerging, in the form of hollow tubes of various sizes closed at one end, open at the other for cramming in a basic mix of sulfur, charcoal, and saltpeter behind stones, iron balls, scrap metal, and/or anything else the experimenter felt like throwing out the muzzle, and using a touchhole to introduce a spark, flame, or fuse.

Just as likely to explode and destroy the user as the target, the science of gunpowder and projectiles slowly progressed till it was a regular fixture for field artillery and naval applications by the 1600s, and in that time frame more sophisticated methods of igniting gunpowder, combined with the growth of industrial capability and more portable and dependable personal-carry long guns and pistols, all began to accelerate.

What do you think?

24 Comments
  • Charlierohrbaugh
    October 19, 2018

    This is a great mag.I have read many gun books but I have more info on yours.Thanks Charlie.

  • larry_mcdowell
    October 19, 2018

    Great information. Fun to read about Henry rifles.

  • john1dubya
    October 19, 2018

    Excellent. I just purchased a Henry .22 s/l/lr Frontier model. Having never owned a lever action before, I’ve been periodically working the trigger lock mechanism off and on all week, and handling the rifle as much as possible to get a feel for its weight, working the action and working at making a habit of keeping my finger off the trigger until ready to fire. No dry firing! I also find myself trying to pick Henry rifles out of movies. Can’t wait to get to the range to try the rifle out.

  • HELMERS.KEN
    October 19, 2018

    Altogether a nice article! Thank you.

  • gwrenniger
    October 19, 2018

    Exactly what I would expect from Anthony and Troops. Everything that they produce is the TOPS! If it has the HENRY name on it is quality and worth every penny. Please keep up the good work!

    Proud to own one!

    Sincerely,
    Wayne Renniger
    gwrenniger@att.net

  • dwhoward1939
    October 19, 2018

    Very good reading enjoyed all of it and the best of the american rifle

  • martingibson885
    October 19, 2018

    For an all around Henry,would a 22, mag. Fit the bill?

  • dhughey
    October 20, 2018

    I am totally loving all the models. Have wanted a Henry for a long time. I didn’t know there was a Long Range lever action in 308. A Big Boy in 45-70 would be outstanding.
    Thanks for all of them
    Dale

  • langshan
    October 20, 2018

    I own 4 lever actions 2 are Henry’s. Looking at getting the 45/70 very soon.

  • bob259
    October 20, 2018

    Need a .22 mag in the 44-40 chassis, that would be sweet!

  • ford
    October 20, 2018

    Good history lesson but could be a bit lighter on the brand promotion.

  • chevyman2851
    October 20, 2018

    I really enjoyed reading the article about the beginning of powder, guns, and what we have today, the “Henry”. I own a Big Boy 22 and really enjoy it, it is well made , and shoots good. Thanks

  • waynewright
    October 20, 2018

    I am very impressed with the articles. Thanks for posting them..

  • strongco
    October 20, 2018

    Great. Might include this in a film I’m about to make.

  • kkelley
    October 20, 2018

    “When Hunting was Bad” answered my question about how strong the H010B is when Buffalo Bore magnum was mentioned as a viable round for use in the rifle! Thanks for that tidbit!

  • rcf
    October 21, 2018

    I would like a 410.

  • speedbump9
    October 21, 2018

    Great little magazine.

  • msticks
    October 22, 2018

    Very interesting. I get several gun magazines, plus the “American Rifleman” but the Henry Magazine is one of my favorites. Lots of good information on lever guns.

  • drobvit
    October 22, 2018

    Great to see this mag online! Great articles, especially this issue’s levergun articles. Looking to get a Henry in rifle caliber as a second “cowboy gun”. Trying to decide between old school 45-70 or newer 308. Any way, love this mag!

  • rjbpatches
    October 25, 2018

    This is fantastic great read

  • dhill
    October 26, 2018

    I love this magazine! I have all of the articles twice.