FABULOUS EARLY Henry Repeating Rifle, .44 Henry RF Cal., MFG. 18...
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Started 2020-10-27 17:00:00
Ended 2020-12-05 01:05:00

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FABULOUS EARLY Henry Repeating Rifle, .44 Henry RF Cal., MFG. 1864, SN: 4920, Lever Action Rifle. The 15-shot Henry rifle was the most advanced rifle available during the Civil War. Experts believe that most of the Henry rifles manufactured by the New Haven Arms co., between June 1862 & April 1865 were privately purchased by Federal soldiers who wanted the firepower of a 15-shot repeating rifle. This Henry lever action rifle was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co. in 1864 & remains in excellent original condition. The rifle has the early style receiver, but without the rear sight dovetail & has the early style brass buttplate with rounded heel. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: ''HENRY'S PATENT. OCT. 16. 1860/MANUFACT'D BY THE NEWHAVEN ARMS. CO. NEWHAVEN. CT.'' Although the rifle was used, the octagon barrel edges remain fairly sharp. The serial number is located on the top of the barrel just ahead of the receiver, stamped into the stock on the upper tang slot & on the side of the lower tang. The buttplate also carries the matching number, as do the shanks of the hand contoured screws. The rifle barrel retains a thin even brown patina with areas of original bright blue remaining in the indented groove between barrel & mag, along with protected areas around the sights & barrel sling fitting. The receiver & buttplate appear never to have been scrubbed & display a beautifully aged mustard yellow patina. The walnut stock retains much of the original varnish finish, with numerous small finish level handling marks, dings or scratches. The rifle barrel carries the tapered, round-back, nickel silver front sight blade & a folding leaf rear sight with 900 yard notch at the top of the leaf & a slide stop screw. The receiver lacks the rear sight dovetail often found on receivers thru about serial number 3100 & occasionally throughout production. The magazine has the later large diameter follower & the receiver has the milled flats to accept the larger follower. The left side of the stock & the left side of the barrel carry sling loops, which became standard for U.S. contract Henry rifles intended for infantry. Calvary rifles were purchased without this feature. There is a slight rise in the wood under the loop on the stock, often referred to as the ''Henry Bump'' amongst collectors. The lever displays a nice patina which matches the barrel. Even the bore is in unusually very good condition. Although, there is light scarring present as you'd expect, the strong rifling & overall condition of the bore indicates great care of the gun while it was in use & excellent storage. Overall, the rifle is an excellent example! Henry rifles are amongst the rarest of collectible arms as most of them have seen a great deal of use & abuse during the Civil War, the frontier & Indian Wars, & frontier life in the West. Improper storage has caused most of these guns to deteriorate. Due to the originality of this rifles finishes, this is a rare & fine collector's arms. With nearly 160 yrs on her, this high condition early Henry would command a prominent place in any collection or museum. This is your chance to purchase a very fine Henry rifles.* Antique No FFL Req. - Value: 30000 to 45000

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FABULOUS EARLY Henry Repeating Rifle, .44 Henry RF Cal., MFG. 18...
Item # 4010
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