Henry Repeating Arms Expands Side Loading Gate Offerings

Henry Repeating Arms Expands Side Loading Gate Offerings

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Henry goes all-in with side loading gates, expanding its selection to nearly every model.

Say hello to the new Henry, same as the old Henry only different. No, no, the hallowed brand hasn’t reinvented the wheel with its brand-new catalog of lever-action rifles. All the favorites are still there, from the Big Boy to their All-Weather models. Only, now the modern-throwbacks will feature a rather startling modification—a loading gate.

Alleluia! So, it might not be true to the original Tyler Henry design—then again, steel receivers weren’t either—but boy oh boy does it improve the ease of use. Henry Repeating Arms got the ball rolling in 2019 with the “Kings” gate addition with the Side Gate Lever Action. It struck a chord. Now all of Henry’s .30-30 and .45-70 rifles, .410 bore shotguns, and revolver caliber Big Boy rifles in their blued steel, All-Weather, and Color Case Hardened finishes include the side loading gate. In all, the company is replacing 29 of what it calls “legacy” models with the upgrade.

Don’t fret if you’re a traditionalist. Henry hasn’t completely broken its successful mold. While the guns now all have side loading gates, they also retain the original removable tubular magazine based on Henry’s (the man) patented 1860 design. Best of both worlds. Given the modification came about due to customer demand, the loading gate will likely get more use. Why not? It’s a world more convenient.

Henry Loading Gate

“Ever since our fans and customers got a taste of a side loading Henry, the requests started rolling in immediately to include this feature on their favorite finish or caliber. These new models are going to make a lot of people very happy, and we are always going to have options for fans of our legacy configuration as well,” states Anthony Imperato, president and owner of Henry Repeating Arms. “The removable tube magazine is a core part of our product DNA, so that’s not going anywhere, and fans of the classic brass and octagon barrel configurations will always be able to get that from us.”

Along with the loading gate addition, the Henry also expanded its Single-Shot Rifle line-up to include two new chamberings—.350 Legend and .450 Bushmaster. The calibers are popular in regions around the Great Lakes, where only straight-wall rifle cartridges are allowed for deer season. In all, the break-action, hammer-fired rifle is now available in 10 calibers, also including .223 Rem., .243 Win., .308 Win., .44 Mag./Spl., .45-70 Gov’t, .30-30, .357 Mag./.38 Spl.

New Henry Rifles

Steel in .30-30

Steel 30-30

Color Case Hardened in .30-30 and .45-70
CC Hardened


Steel Wildlife

Steel Wildlife

Steel in .45-70

Steel 45-70

All-Weather in .30-30 and .45-70

All Weather

Big Boy in .44 Mag/Spl, .45 Colt and .357 Mag/.38 Spl

Big Boy

Big Boy All-Weather in .44 Mag/Spl, .45 Colt and .357 Mag/.38 Spl

Big Boy All Weather

Big Boy Color Case Hardened in .44 Mag/Spl, .45 Colt and .357 Mag/.38 Spl

Big Boy CC Hardened

Lever-Action .410 Bore

410 SG

Single-Shot in .350 Legend and .450 Bushmaster

Single Shot

For more information on Henry side gate loader rifles, please visit henryusa.com.

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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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