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The Legacy of Serial #9

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Legacy of Serial number 9~Dan Clayton-Luce, Communications Director, Henry Repeating Arms

Arguably the most well-known 1860’s era Henry rifle is the gold-laden and intricately engraved serial number #6, which is now housed in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, for this is the rifle that was presented to Abraham Lincoln. Its history, provenance, and spectacular finish earned it a Gold Medal from the NRA’s Collectors Society. This particular rifle wasn’t always meant to be a collector’s piece though. The New Haven Arms Company, more specifically Oliver Winchester, presented this rifle to Abraham Lincoln as more of a nudge and a wink in attempt to influence Lincoln into purchasing them en masse for the war efforts. And while the Henry rifle never saw widespread use during the war, mostly due to its price, serial #6 wasn’t the only attempt at winning a political leader’s influence to sell more rifles.

What do you think?

47 Comments
  • Lvc.Tom
    March 10, 2019

    love my Golden Boy. wish you made a 40 cal to go with my S&W hand gun

  • flwolf
    March 10, 2019

    I’ve always loved the Winchester, 30-30 being my favorite caliber. Perhaps some day I can afford to have one built for me, with the looks I want. 🙂

    • nbrandon58
      March 10, 2019

      I have 2 Henry’s but will never buy another one.
      I do not like the looks of the 45/70 .

      • GOODFMLY
        March 10, 2019

        want to sell them

      • scottmiller1002
        April 3, 2019

        You must not have heard of the old saying “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me). Obviously you had plenty of time to view the 45/70 before you purchased, unless you bought from an unscrupulous internet vender. In either case the blame rests with you.

        • scottmiller1002
          April 3, 2019

          By the way I am very happy with my Henry’s

  • philipweitzel
    March 10, 2019

    Bought my second Henry about a month ago. The first one, purchased last summer, was a H010 CC in 45-70. I decided to get a Golden Boy in .22LR and selected the one based on walnut figuring from five that the retailer had in the rack. In the selection process I missed a slight chip in the forestock where it joins the receiver. I called Henry and was met with courteous service. Much to my surprise I received replace fore and main matching stocks that are even fancier than the originals. Mr. Imperato really means it when he commits to total customer satisfaction. Thanks much your service is appreciated.
    Phil Weitzel
    Union Grove, WI.

  • g.bradley0088
    March 10, 2019

    Sweet. Would love to have one , one day !!
    Never had a Henry. Always waned one. Maybe someday ! Have a blessed day !!

  • shuman449
    March 10, 2019

    Always wanted a Golden Boy but couldn’t afford one when I was young so I bought my son a Golden Big Boy 45 for his 40th Birthday and gave it to him last night, he loves it!!! I bought 2 Big Boy 45, one for each of my boys, my other son is a Senior Chief in the US Navy and was planning on retiring next year but now is thinking of staying in. Well now it looks like I’ll be taking the other Big Boy 45 and I might just have to get him the military addition when he retires if I can get a good price on one.Thank you Anthony Imperato and Henry Repeating Arms for making such beautiful guns and memories.

  • ses4leo
    March 10, 2019

    Loved reading the story about serial # 9

  • Mike.mcintire8790
    March 10, 2019

    Although, I can’t afford one at the time I do Have the “Confederate Generals” 44-40 copy On display Just over My TV, in my home “Den”. I do read all the eMails and really respect your Organization (Your Product and People). and Love History! Good luck in Helping us all with remembering The Past and the Future.
    My Best Regards.
    Mike

  • Mike.mcintire8790
    March 10, 2019

    Henry Knife? or Belt Buckle? would go over well in the market. I have Mr. Rugers own Belt buckle along with a few others that I have found. Weatherby made a really nice one a few years Back.
    Mike

  • 5jbeaz
    March 10, 2019

    Just picked up my silver eagle yesterday. 2nd model. It is beautiful.
    Liberty

  • drkerleywc
    March 10, 2019

    WOW

  • chrodoc
    March 10, 2019

    i am very impressed!

  • GOODFMLY
    March 10, 2019

    i have 2 golden big boy in the 45 long colt and the golden boy in 22lr, love them both looking for a golden boy in 22WMS .

  • Jimmywiniecki
    March 10, 2019

    We have several henry rifles my last one I got was a 4570 love it love its accuracy and it’s a beautiful gun
    I had to have some service done on one of our guns and I cannot think your company enough on how they took care of it love the service
    Thank you
    We will be buying more

  • ORIGINUKNOWN
    March 10, 2019

    Why are you people still racist

    • jdgreene05
      March 10, 2019

      Get real! Maybe you ought to go to Australia 👎

  • fluffyoftheozarks
    March 10, 2019

    Absolutely! I’m a fan of the winchester lever guns, I own 2. One is a 30-30 trapper, handiest varmint gun ever. Also, I live in the woods, and it’s the handiest meat getter I own, but I look forward to getting a Henry short barrel 357 to replace it because of the recoil of the 30-30 on my authoritic shoulder! Keep up the good work!

  • whoozisss
    March 10, 2019

    I have two Henrys, a .22 pump and a .357 single shot. Both are beautiful and in your basic finish, blued metal walnut wood. Personally, I don’t care for the fancy stuff, like this silver one. I’ll take simple blued any day…………. (Do wish your receiver covers were finished to the same level of perfection as the barrel and other metal surfaces. The mottled “pot metal” look of the covers is jarring).

  • dj.schooler
    March 10, 2019

    I own three rifles made by Henry and would like to buy three more. The craftsmanship of the Henry rifle would be hard if not impossible to beat. I am retired so I have to watch my money. If it wasn’t for that I would own those other three rifles. I spent over eleven years in the Army and more time than that working as a machinist so I can see the craftsmanship and work that went into manufacturing the Henry products. The three that I have now work has smooth now as they did the day I brought them. I have not had one jam or any other problems with any of the rifles I own.

  • Mphufford
    March 10, 2019

    Just purchased a golden boy 22 . A beautiful gun. Well crafted.. smoothest lever action . I have been teaching my grandchildren gun safety. Can’t wait for them to enjoy shooting this beautiful gun.

  • ironman5091
    March 10, 2019

    Ironman5091
    March 10, 2019

    Hell readers and Henry Repeating Arms fans. What a classic Serial #9, so much history. As a fan of the lever action rifle, while watching westerns with my father as a young boy, l always wanted to own one. Not just anyone, but a Henry. Why? a Henry do you ask yourself? The history, legacy, and beauty of a perfectly well designed and well made Lever Action, all captured magnificently by Henry Repeating Arms “Made in America or Not Made At All” true to heart. I would like to say, after much delay on my part, l finally purchased and was able to get my hands on a Henry “Golden Boy” which Anthony Imperato has a nostalgic feeling for the line. I also have
    an eye for “The Long Ranger” which as you know combines both bolt action performance with the speed of a lever action. Thanks,

  • 1worldvisionkg
    March 10, 2019

    Grey article.I really like the history story
    Thanks

  • lytle111
    March 11, 2019

    I love my Henry Rifle.

  • DANINJOSHUATREE
    March 11, 2019

    Now you know why I own a work of art and craftsmanship. 44 Mag gets the job done even on Grizzley’s. “It ain’t a Henry if it don’t say Henry”.

  • professionalfarrier73
    April 3, 2019

    I’ve been wanting an 1860 Henry for years. A couple months ago I walked into a local shop to find one used in near perfect condition. I quickly purchased it and never looked back. I love the attention to detail and authenticity (well other than it not being in 44rim). It has become my favorite rifle to take to the range.

  • CFPINDAUP
    April 3, 2019

    My first henry was a Big boy in 45 Colt to match my Colt SAA. Then when the Original Henry came out, I bought one and loved hunting and shooting them both with my hand loads. I then figured I should have the trifecta and bought the Golden Boy in 22mag. All three rifles are like owning a piece of art! Keep up the good work guys!!

  • bill
    April 3, 2019

    WAY TO GO HENRY. YOU, ALONG WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP ARE MAKING AND KEEPING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

  • smythe158
    April 3, 2019

    Some day I’m going to get me a Henry Repeater! Cool guns!!!

  • usmce5
    April 3, 2019

    I belong to a law enforcement motorcycle club and we have raffled off a couple of henrys to raise donations for our charity. the raffle tickets go like hotcakes!!. Everyone wants the henry. They are quality pieces!!!!.

  • leswils8
    April 3, 2019

    I like my 45-70 Henry yellow boy. I take it to the range to show it off and shoot a few cast bullets now and then. I shoot the rifle just like it came out of the box. Its just to pretty to put a glass on it.

  • 7spoppa
    April 3, 2019

    Great stories.

  • Ledfrakes
    April 3, 2019

    Tried to contact Henry 3 times and never have had a response from them.Guess they aren’t as good as they say .Guess will stick with Rossi and S&W

  • richard.binder
    April 3, 2019

    I believe, if I had the money at hand, I would own one of those beauties !

  • Zmw0267
    April 3, 2019

    Would love to own a Henery

  • bad65chevy
    April 4, 2019

    I have bought 4 so far this year! That should tell the story!!

    • gary_moore42
      April 4, 2019

      Great makes the democrats heads explode !! buy guns !!!!

  • gary_moore42
    April 4, 2019

    Not sure if my next one will be a 410 or a 44, a friend and I were talking and are both in the boat about which one to get. Problem is we are 77, and not sure what we would do with either one. Sure are good looking though.

  • owl_horse_2000
    April 4, 2019

    With 3 Henry;s and over half dozen other lever guns, my upbringing watching Westerns on TV and in the movies has given me a very real connection to ‘The Lever Gun’…I did try to build my own ‘John Wayne’ gun out of a later model 94 in 30-30…lever looks worse than the one that Chuck Connors used in the Rifleman and I found out the first time I tried to ‘wheel’ it, the 94 does’t hold onto the case that is feeding up the elevator…the cartridges fall out on the GROUND!!! 🙂

  • gray-roger
    April 4, 2019

    Love the guns. Own a golden boy and am very pleased. But gang, lets just enjoy the rifles and leave the politics at home.

  • hogdoc45
    April 4, 2019

    I own two Henry’s in .44 mag…Big Boy Carbine and a Mare’s Leg. Love them both. Very high quality firearms and the best customer service.

  • tfig1640
    April 4, 2019

    I have a Henry in .17HMR, one in .22lr, plus Big Boys in .41 Mag and .44 Mag. My nephew has the Eagle Scout model and will soon get one of my extra blue .22lr so he has one to shoot. All have been great reliable rifles and fun to carry to the field and range.
    I’d like to thank Mr. Imperato and the Henry crew for their their long term support of the Friends of NRA program!! This is my committee’s 25th year and Henry’s are always an in demand firearm!
    Thanks again for such a great product!

    • tfig1640
      April 4, 2019

      Oh, when will you come out with a Henry in .460 S&W? I have a spot in my safe just waiting for it.

  • flwolf
    April 4, 2019

    I’ve had Henry/Winchesters and the type of rifle appeals to me very much, but I’ve never had the one that I would really like to own. This would be a 30/30 cal., round barrel, with brass metal. Just like they the one’s you see in just about every western. 🙂