Henry Original Engraved 44-40 Cody Firearms Museum 24" Barrel H011CFM
The third edition Cody Firearms Museum Collectors Series Henry New Original Rifle is a beautiful example of a highly engraved Henry faithfully recreated in the style of one of America’s most famous the 19th Century firearm engravers, Louis Daniel Nimschke. Nimschke, unlike other engravers of his time did not work directly for a firearm manufacturer but commissioned work from his New York City Studio. Striking in appearance, Nimschke’s style features a combination of bold American scroll coupled with fine European detailing. To produce this special rifle Baron Engraving combined the latest in etching technology with the old-world craftsmanship of hand-engraving to deliver a stunning rifle. The brass receiver features 90% coverage, a nickel finish which is complemented by brilliantly polished and nitre-blued screws, a highly figured walnut stock with nickel plated furniture. This Cody Museum Collectors Series rifle is limited to 300 units.
In the late 1850s, metallic cartridges were the coming wave of firearms technology, and besides the difficulties inherent to developing reliable and effective self-contained rounds the new ammunition demanded equally new gun designs capable of taking full advantage of what the quick-loading cartridge offered. Cartridges that revolutionized a field of slow-loading, slow-firing, and slow-reloading powder & ball single-shots freed designers to create a rifle that could keep up, and the very talented Benjamin Tyler Henry quickly stepped to the front in both areas. The result was the legendary repeating rifle that became known as the 1860 Henry, in .44 Henry Rimfire.
A pioneering design in a reliable and practical lever action repeater, and adopted in limited numbers during the Civil War, the Henry was the 16-shot rifle referred to as “the rifle you could load on Sunday and shoot all week long.”
In the days when the average soldier was expected to be able to fire up to three rounds per minute through his muzzle-loading Springfield rifle, a small unit armed with Henry rifles could provide the firepower of an entire company. That ground-breaking lever action rifle design was the foundation for a uniquely American class of long guns that’s still with us today, over 155 years later.
With great effort, and more than a little pride in a job well done, we’ve brought back the Original Henry Rifle, made entirely on US soil, just as B. T. Henry’s rifles were. Our Henry Original is true to Henry’s 1860 patterns and patents, and virtually identical aside from concessions necessary to adapt to the .44-40 centerfire round that replaced the long-obsolete rimfires. This rifle uses a specially-formulated hardened brass receiver with the same tensile strength as steel and is fitted with a one-piece octagonal barrel and magazine, fancy grade American Walnut stock, a classic folding ladder rear sight and blade front, traditional half-cock safety hammer notch, and no modernized manual safety.