Cisco the blogging Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat here. Bet you didn’t know that I’m a gun-totin’ feline… (Yup… Once I learned how to use my dew claws as opposable thumbs, there was no stopping me.)
Before I get started, let me just throw in a word of obvious and sane… Before you ever go near a firearm, be sure to take an NRA-approved gun class, get your certificate, and then get your FID card or pistol permit from the police. And always remember the cardinal rule: if you treat every gun like it’s loaded, no one will ever get hurt.
Alrighty then… Let’s take a look at the Henry U.S. Survival rifle — a breakdown, 8-shot, clip-fed piece…
Here it is assembled…
And finally, about to be completely stored in its own watertight stock…
I’ve shot a bunch of guns, but I like this one best. Here’s why…
- It’s a .22… Cheap to shoot.
- The Henry is a well-made American product.
- Relatively speaking, it’s cheap — ~ $ 250.
- It’s light and small — about three pounds and 17″ stored.
- Its got a great reputation.
- With a scope and the right ammo (CCI Mini-Mags), it’s about as accurate as the average .22 — 2″ groups at 50 yards.
- As has been reported in the past, the Henry is reliable. Using the Mini-Mags, we must have pushed 100 rounds through it without a hitch. Just keep it clean.
- It was designed by Eugene Stoner, one of the 20th century’s foremost firearms designers. (Mr. Stoner also designed the AR-15, which became the now famous military M-16.)
- It’s rugged. For example, the entire barrel is encased in plastic…
- It’s brilliantly simple — the entire weapon consists of only 40 parts, and regular take-down and assembly require no tools. Also, cleaning is simplicity itself.
- Even assembled it’s small — it doesn’t get in the way.
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