Lever Action X Model from Henry

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  1. Struggle_Russ

    Struggle_Russ

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    Wife has wanted a Henry Lever action. She cares for 45LC or 38spl/357 mag. Had intended to get her one this Christmas and then we mutually decided to wait for Henry to debut a side gate loader in her caliber choice. She's short at all of 5'2" and doesn't find tube-loading to be fun.
    Checked for Shot show appearances and none yet. Check Henry's site and there it is. I didn't think she'd like it, but she's all about it. Gonna talk to LGS Thursday to see about when they'll be able to stick and order in since they're a dealer.
    I know it won't be everyone's fancy but this is for my Wife, so stuff it lol.
    Also, she can't run a pistol very well because of her hands but she can run a Lever like I run an AR. Ability to slap a light on it, as goofy as it sounds, means she's got a HD rifle she will have confidence in. That's a big plus.
    Link for those that click:
    https://www.henryusa.com/rifles/big-boy-x-model/
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  2. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

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    That's an ugly rifle. Hard to believe a lever-action shooter would choose defending herself with that over death. It would be a tough choice. If my choices were that rifle or not owning a gun, I'd get a baseball bat and hold out for them to make something with a wood stock and no picatinny rail.

    The big drawback to Henry was lack of a sidegate. Once they made that, the only thing holding them back was not having it in handgun calibers. That is so obvious, I have to think they will be making regular blue and walnut sidegate models this year.

    Otherwise, buy a Marlin.
     
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  3. R_P_K_

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    If it works for her, then it works. [email protected] Glock owners calling that ugly.
     
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    The only way to improve that gun is if all that plastic was pink :)

    Gateloading is a must (or bottom mag load). I don't like tube loading, even though I have 2 .22's with a tube.
     
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    Definitely an acquired taste, but if she likes it, that’s what matters.
     
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    'Looks like it'll be a good deal for your wife! I hope you can find one soon and she likes it :D

    Though not chambered in a pistol caliber, I recently got a chance to see one of the Marlin "Dark Series" lever guns, an 1895 model that an LE acquaintance produced this past week at one of my local spots, complete with a rather nice looking aftermarket tactical looking forearm (which I usually loathe) and a Surefire muzzle device for suppressor attachment, and I was actually a bit intrigued, which was contrary to the reaction I had when I first laid eyes upon one of those hideous looking Mossberg Zombie Edition lever gun contraptions.

    I only own one lever gun, and it's an AcuSport Marlin 1895GBL model with a gray laminated stock. It's well made and comfortable for even me the recoil wimp to shoot, thanks to a rather generous factory buttpad ;) Maybe it's time I give some thought into another lever gun, one that I won't worry about getting a scratch on...thanks for posting :D
     
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  8. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Gold Member

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    Do you know how many times you've given people crap for thinking a gun is pretty or ugly??? You always say that it's simply a tool and nothing more.

    You have no real convictions or opinions, do you? You just troll...
     
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    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Gold Member

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    I think it's awesome that your wife wants to run a lever gun! I don't care what color it is or if it's old school/tacticool. The fact that she can already proficiently run one is pretty bad ass and I have no doubt that the Henry will be a force to be reckoned with in her hands! Also, running a handheld light on a long gun isn't ideal, at all, so the fact that it has a rail is a huge plus.

    I say, buy away! (Once you find one)
     
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    They are kinda ugly, but much less so than that tactical monstrosity by ... Mossberg,?

    If prefer blue and walnut, but I could live with one of these just fine.

    Kinda liking the one in .410 in fact.
     
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    I have a Henry on my bucket list.
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    Carbine 20" barrel, 44-40 and toggle link action. Fix it up from Cowboy action. At $2500 it is going to be a while, but it is next on my list for a rifle.
    Have 2 Remlins that I am happy with. 1895 in 45-70 and 1894 in 45Colt. Both work fine and the 1894 is my main match gun in CAS.

    As far as the OP's rifle, that is not one I would get. But it is a Henry and they are supposed to be
    great guns.
     
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    I like it. I'd like to see one in the metal.

    I came across it's competitor, a Marlin 1894 CST the other day. That thing was slick. Smooth action, nice trigger, big visible ghost ring sights. And I have never handled a lever gun that fit me so well. Shouldered effortlessly and sights were right there, every time aligned. Fit and finish was also very good. This was no Remlin.

    I was tempted to buy it on the spot. But I've not yet reached the point of making $1k impulse purchases. (I need at least a couple of days to rationalize them, first.)

    I've generally found Henry's to be nicer than modern Marlins or Winchesters, so I am very interested to see this gate loading Henry.

    Seems to me a good short range deer/hog gun or HD rifle, particularly for folks in AR unfriendly territory.

    Get one before they start limiting lever guns to three round mags, 'because they are for hunting.'
     
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    The only Henry I have is the "Mare's Leg".

    Judging Henry by this gun I'd say they put out good guns.

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    ChuteTheMall Wallbuilder and Weapon Bearer

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    That oversize loop lever is going to smack her fingers.
    That's why the cowboy action shooters use leather wraps to fill in the space.
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    They also choose Ubertis, Marlins, Winchesters, and even Rossis over Henrys, because they like to shoot a lot.
     
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    She will love Henry's quality!
     
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    :agree::laughabove:
     
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    I like it. I have had a Rossi in 357 and had no qualms using it for HD duty. No recoil, fast handling with a potent cartridge at self defense ranges. For a truck/house gun if someone does not care for an AR it makes good sense. And choosing polymer for a stock/forearm is a good choice if you expect to expose it to harsh conditions.
     
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    Looks good to me. I am in the "HD firearms should have a light" school. So I applaud the rail.

    Not that random internet opinions matter. If she likes it, all is well.
     
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    I also have a Rossi.
    Also a good (fun) gun.

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    It's surprising how good you can get when shooting rapid fire, from the hip, "Wanted Dead or Alive" style. :)

    Rossi RH shooting 38 SWC two hands standing cheek weld.JPG
     
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    I'm also liking this.
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    From Henry. It's a .410. A lever action "firearm." Most have no use for Shockwave type guns; even less in .410. But I rather like them.
     
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