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In history forever: "Winchester" Tyler Henry and Anthony Imperato

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A modern hard drive from Anthony Imperato looks like this ... Photo by Henry Repeating Arms



Join the ranks of the rebels, with a carbine 30-30,
I will step in for the freedom to fight.
And if my blood is needed
Then I will give my blood
For the citizens of my country.

"Carbine 30-30". The song of the Mexican rebels Pancho Villa, which refers to the Winchester rifles chambered for .30-30 Win.

stories about weapons. In every field of human activity there is a select group of people who are credited with such a significant contribution to its historythat they become synonymous with their own achievements. There are many such names in the field of firearms development. Actually, it’s not that there were “a lot” of them, on the contrary, there are a lot of them. However, over time, these names are forgotten, because this list is growing, and new names are crowding out older ones. But there is one name that will always be included in this honorary list - the name of Benjamin Tyler Henry.


Classic of the genre: Tyler Henry rifle by Antonio Imperato with engraved action. View from the left. Photo Henry Repeating Arms

It was Henry who developed the world's first practical and reasonably convenient lever-action repeating rifle, patented in 1860. In the end, it turned out that he put into the hands of one man such firepower as a dozen shooters armed with muzzle-loading muskets at that time possessed.


The same rifle. Close-up engraving. Right view. Photo Henry Repeating Arms

The novelty came, as they say, on time. America was engulfed in the flames of the Civil War, and many weapons were required. Therefore, it is not surprising that by the middle of 1862, the first Henry rifles were in the hands of the soldiers of the northern states. Thanks to its revolutionary design and high rate of fire, the Henry rifle quickly gained popularity among both the military and the civilian population. The first sales were successful in such states as Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana.

In history forever: "Winchester" Tyler Henry and Anthony Imperato
"Side fire" cartridges of .44 and .32 caliber. Photo by Alain Daubresse

The rifle used a fairly powerful .44 caliber (11 mm) rimfire cartridge loaded with 28 grain black powder and a 200 grain pure lead bullet (the weight of one troy grain was 64,79891 mg).

Thanks to this reliable rimfire cartridge, the Henry rifle fired quickly and very accurately. There were many reports of their successful use in war. For example, in the battle at the Allatuna Pass, it was they who helped stop the onslaught of the southerners.

“That day we were saved by the fact that we had several Henry rifles,”

Major Ludlow wrote in his report.

“Our company of 16 riflemen jumped up to the parapet and opened fire so fast and deadly that not a single person could resist it, and after that no serious effort was made by the enemy to take the fort by storm.”


Wow, what an economic man: he has both a greenhouse and a carbine. The author of this material can only console himself with the fact that he has three such greenhouses, and much larger ones. But there will never be such a carbine ... Photo by Henry Repeating Arms

After an encounter with the 7th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which was lucky enough to fight with these rifles, one Confederate officer was credited with the phrase:

"It's a rifle that can be loaded on Sunday and fired all week."


Nelson King patent 1866

The Henry rifle continued to play a significant, if not dominant, role in the frontier skirmishes of the American Wild West. And it is not surprising that the enterprising businessman Oliver Winchester acquired a patent for it. And then he bought Nelson King's patent for his "royal innovation" - the side door of loading the magazine, which made this process just exceptionally easy. With this "door", the Henry rifle under the brand name "Winchester" became one of the most legendary, respected and sought-after rifles in the history of firearms. No rifle collection is complete without it.

The Winchester became a legend, and the interruptions in its release and, accordingly, the demand in the secondary arms market showed that the production of the Winchester on a new production base would have a well-founded commercial success. This is how the Henry Repeating Arms company appeared in the USA ...


Henry Repeating Arms founder and CEO Anthony Imperato poses at a rack of his rifles at the company's Bayonne, New Jersey factory. Photo Henry Repeating Arms

And today, his company officially begins its 29th anniversary as one of the country's largest manufacturers of long-barreled and lever-action weapons.


But this is the "Winchester" of today. The legend continues! Photo Henry Repeating Arms

Anthony Imperato made his first foray into gun manufacturing in 1993 by taking out a house loan to found the Colt Blackpowder Arms Company, which would manufacture historic Colt revolvers and muskets under license from Colt's Manufacturing. Drawing on the family's years of experience in the gun business, he began development of a lever-action rifle chambered for rimfire in 1996 with his father, Louis Imperato. And already in March 1997, they released the first model Henry Repeating Arms H001 Classic Lever Action .22 caliber, which began to be produced by a small factory in Brooklyn, New York.


Here it is - the first "Winchester" Imperato rifle: H001 Classic Lever Action .22. Photo Henry Repeating Arms

The company is currently headquartered in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The company employs over 550 people and operates three manufacturing plants in Wisconsin and New Jersey. In doing so, it manufactures over 200 different rifles and shotguns in a variety of calibers for hunting, home defense, collecting and a wide range of shooting sports. Notable achievements include the company's flagship rifle, the Henry Golden Boy .22, its centre-fire counterpart, the Henry Big Boy, a full line of youth rifles and shotguns, an extensive collection of engraved Henry (namely Henry, not Winchester) rifles, and the popular a modern example is the X Model series. The motto of the company is more than patriotic, although it belongs to the Italian:

"Made in America or not made at all."


"Big boy" for a big beast. The Henry Big Boy X can take down a deer up to 100 yards and, like the 1873 Winchester, fires the same cartridges as a revolver of the same caliber. Its barrel can be equipped with a silencer, a tactical flashlight and other accessories, for which it has built-in Picatinny and M-Lok rails. Rifle capacity: 7 rounds. Can fire .357 Mag.38 Spl, .44 Mag, .44 Spl, .45 Colt. Photo Henry Repeating Arms


You can put a silencer on the rifle! Photo Henry Repeating Arms

All Henry rifles and shotguns are backed by a lifetime warranty, personalized by Anthony Imperato. Moreover, the award-winning customer service department is empowered to make any decisions to ensure the full satisfaction of the firm's customers. In 2016, Henry Repeating Arms was named the recipient of the Stevie® Award in the Customer Service Department of the Year category at the American Business Awards.


Classic "winchesters" with a straight English butt neck. Both samples copy the device of the Marlin shutter box. Both rifles are also designed for large caliber cartridges: .357 Mag.38 Spl, .44 Mag, .44 Spl, .45 Colt. Photo Henry Repeating Arms


For those who like to show off, there's also this: the Big Boy Deluxe Engraved 3rd Edition hand-engraved rifle chambered in .44 Mag/Spl, .45 Colt, .357 Mag/.38 Spl. Photo Henry Repeating Arms

Through the charitable affiliate of Guns For Great Causes, Henry Repeating Arms has made significant financial donations to children's hospitals and families of seriously ill children. Interestingly, Guns For... also helps support active duty and veterans' organizations, law enforcement and first responders, Second Amendment organizations, shooting education, and wildlife and habitat conservation groups. As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, the company launched 1000 Golden Boy "Silver Anniversary" Limited Edition rifles to raise a total of approximately $1 million to distribute to all of these organizations.


"Silver Gun", produced in the amount of 1000 copies for charitable purposes. Caliber .44-40 WCF. Magazine capacity - 13 rounds. The price is only some $4,283.00… Photo by Henry Repeating Arms

Company President Andy Wikstrom says:

"I'm incredibly proud to have been building Henry rifles all these years, but I'm even more proud when I look to the future."

Where such confidence? Yes, just fans and buyers of "hard drives" of all types and finishes have something to expect this year and in the future.


AR-7 from Henry Repeating Arms. Photo Henry Repeating Arms

The company managed to "make friends" with the US Air Force. The point is that they needed a small caliber rifle that they could rely on if they had to crash in a remote wilderness area. And in 1959, such a “survival” rifle AR-7 was created. Over the years, the AR-7 was considered the best in its class due to its portability, ease of operation and reliability, and, accordingly, over time, it also entered the civilian market. Today, it is a favorite not only with pilots, but also with hikers and adventurers who, like their Air Force counterparts, want a rifle that is easy to carry but has the accuracy to reliably kill small game.


And this is what it looks like disassembled. Photo Henry Repeating Arms

Like the original rifle, the Henry US Survival Rifle is an innovative semi-automatic rifle, lightweight (1400g) and highly portable. At just 16,5 inches (42 cm) long, when folded, it fits easily into the cargo hold of an airplane, boat, or even a backpack. The .22 LR cartridge is light enough that the shooter can carry a large amount of such ammunition without adding to the overall weight of his equipment. When disassembled, the parts are placed inside a shock-resistant, water-resistant stock. The assembly consists in attaching the receiver to the butt, after which the barrel must be inserted into the receiver and secured with a nut. In just a few seconds, without any tools, the AR-7 is ready for action. It comes standard with a rugged steel housing covered in highly durable ABS plastic with a protective coating to ensure corrosion resistance. The rifle is available in black and in two camouflage colors. All models are equipped with an adjustable whole and front sight.


Well, the real kulak sawn-off shotgun, isn't it? However, in the US, such weapons can be quite legally purchased in a store. And it is clear that the Imperato company also organized the release of such samples. Photo Henry Repeating Arms


The .410 caliber rifle (Lever Action Ax .410 - only for a two and a half inch case) is a compact enough example, so that you can store it almost anywhere, both at home and in your car. Photo Henry Repeating Arms

Because of this, many believe that this gun is the most practical in terms of self-defense and protecting your home from uninvited encroachment. The magazine capacity is only five rounds, but more, as they say, is usually not required in this case! There are also samples chambered for 12 and 20 caliber cartridges.


Variants with butt "mare's leg". Photo Henry Repeating Arms

The Big Boy Steel Side Gate (“Big Boy of Steel with Side Gate”, a funny name for a weapon, if you follow the rules of the literal translation) is the lightest lever-action center-fire rifle, which is useful if you have to cover long distances on a hunt. The Big Boy Steel features a 20" or 16,5" round blued steel barrel, real American walnut ribbed stock, and a recoil-reducing rubber butt plate. It is available in three proven revolver calibers, making it an excellent choice for both hunting and home defense.


Here's what that pattern looks like! The bolt box from Marlin is also taken as a basis. It is more convenient than the "Winchester" one, since it is easier to install optical sights on it. Cartridges that can be used: .30-30 Win, .38-55 Win, .35 Rem, .45-70 Gov't. Magazine capacity: 10 rounds (rifle) / 7 rounds (carbine). Photo Henry Repeating Arms

Well, as a result, you can see that all these carbines and rifles are still in demand all over the world, which means that the legend still lives on!
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  1. Catfish
    Catfish 6 August 2022 05: 46
    +10
    Thank you, finally waiting for a gift from Vyacheslav!
    Interesting and easy to read article with plenty of illustrations. good
    Good start to the weekend! Thanks again! yes
    1. kalibr
      6 August 2022 06: 33
      +12
      After two weeks of sea and sun, it would be a shame to skimp. Glad you liked it. But ... now I'm going to the country again. She pissed while we were gone. One daughter could not cope ... Yes, and preparations for the winter - wow. Have a good day too!
      1. Catfish
        Catfish 6 August 2022 06: 45
        +8
        Good luck in gardening and success in military labors! smile
        I look forward to the next article on weapons. drinks
        1. kalibr
          6 August 2022 07: 16
          +7
          Already ready 2. I am writing the third one right now...
          1. Catfish
            Catfish 6 August 2022 07: 22
            +5
            Nice to hear, now the main thing is that the moderators do not delay.
      2. Thrifty
        Thrifty 6 August 2022 09: 10
        +3
        Vyacheslav hi because for some reason the site does not allow you to put +++++ even one for the article, but you write very informative and interesting, hi I just ++++++++++++++++ from me! hi
        1. kalibr
          6 August 2022 09: 42
          +4
          Quote: Thrifty
          I just give you

          Thank you!
          1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
            Kote Pan Kokhanka 6 August 2022 11: 42
            +1
            Vyacheslav Olegovich, thanks for the article!
            Remind me of the Spanish recipe for sun-dried tomatoes in the oven! I remember that I need to cut them up, sprinkle them with olive oil. Then pepper, salt, and what temperature to set and how much to cook at least kill - I forgot!
            1. kalibr
              7 August 2022 18: 14
              +2
              Good afternoon, Vladislav! Degrees 150. But how long ... I won’t say. Must watch. It is not necessary that they have spread, but they were not half-baked. Once you try - everything will work!
              1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
                Kote Pan Kokhanka 7 August 2022 20: 04
                +1
                Thanks Vyacheslav Olegovich!
            2. Mister X
              Mister X 8 August 2022 07: 55
              +1
              Quote: Kote pane Kohanka
              Remind me of the Spanish recipe for sun-dried tomatoes in the oven!

              hi
              Greetings categorically!
              Forgive me for chiming in.
              My wife also cooks the same.
              How not to brag?

              Oven-dried tomatoes
              Basil, garlic, spices, olive oil






              * Based on the recipe from this video.
              The only difference is that we poured boiling oil
              https://zen.yandex.ru/video/watch/60d319c7a25cdf54097f7f9c
              1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
                Kote Pan Kokhanka 8 August 2022 09: 50
                +1
                Good morning, boiling olive oil?
                1. Mister X
                  Mister X 8 August 2022 11: 34
                  +1
                  Quote: Kote pane Kohanka
                  boiling olive oil?

                  Yes, but not essential.
                  Not everyone receives parcels from Italy and Spain laughing
              2. decimalegio
                decimalegio 8 August 2022 12: 11
                +1
                The same procedure, but with oil, oregano (dry basil is rarely used in Italy) and sugar makes excellent confit tomatoes, do not put them in oil because they lose their taste. You eat them as is or make pasta sauce out of them. good
                1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
                  Kote Pan Kokhanka 8 August 2022 13: 27
                  0
                  I wanted to make preparations for the winter!
                  According to the recipe, you need to sprinkle a little oil on the tomatoes on a baking sheet.
                  I read about the need to pour boiling oil above.
                  1. decimalegio
                    decimalegio 8 August 2022 14: 33
                    +1
                    okay, for the implementation of tomatoes in oil. However, in addition to salty, you can cook sweet and sour, confit. Using sugar instead of salt. Even sweet and sour can be put into oil, they are stored longer, but, in my opinion, they lose their taste. I prefer to try them like this, even if they last less. Good memories of homemade jam during the boring days of the pandemic. Sausages in oil with fennel, sausages in lard, eggs in oil, and so on. smile
  2. kytx
    kytx 6 August 2022 06: 55
    +5
    Ar7 is a thing! I wonder if we can buy this legally?
    1. icelord
      icelord 6 August 2022 08: 17
      +3
      I think it’s legal, self-loading is small, why not, that’s just all these embargoes ... otherwise it’s not very good in the hands, some kind of toy, all plastic, even the barrel and hangs a little everything
      1. kytx
        kytx 6 August 2022 18: 01
        0
        Well, after toz with a barrel turned on the outside. For relax. It then looks like DP, after turning.
        It's just Star Wars.
        For a geoluh or other field workers - an idiot's dream! 1400 grams of weight! With a shop!
        Shot some kind of partridge. They taught me, take a stick, cut the chips into the bolt, set fire to the chips, shoot until the bolt is cold!
        Here is the challenge.
        The frost was a little over 30.
        As for toys. You will apply it 2 times a season. And norms. The main thing is that it does not fall apart in a helicopter.
    2. Banner55
      Banner55 7 August 2022 11: 49
      0
      You can buy Chiappa little badger or TK502 from us in this class (survival weapon). No one seems to have imported or certified AP7.
      1. kytx
        kytx 7 August 2022 20: 18
        +1
        Googled.
        Not really a cake. :(
  3. Petrik66
    Petrik66 6 August 2022 07: 09
    +4
    Excellent article. Many thanks to the author.
    1. AUL
      AUL 6 August 2022 09: 08
      +1
      I read - and drooling, I want too!
  4. icelord
    icelord 6 August 2022 08: 57
    +3
    Good day Vyacheslav Olegovich, as always, a very good and interesting article. Thank you. One note, a screwdriver for disassembling ar7 is still needed, there you need to unscrew the screw in the handle
  5. 3x3zsave
    3x3zsave 6 August 2022 09: 08
    +2
    Wow, what an economic man: he has both a greenhouse and a carbine. The author of this material can only console himself with the fact that he has three such greenhouses, and much larger ones. But there will never be such a carbine ...
    It makes sense for the author of this material to be comforted by the fact that he does not need to defend precious greenhouses with weapons in his hands.)))
    Thank you, Vyacheslav Olegovich!
    1. kalibr
      6 August 2022 09: 43
      +5
      Quote: 3x3zsave
      he does not need to defend precious greenhouses with weapons in his hands.

      Ha ha ha! You're right! But the passion of possession...
      1. 3x3zsave
        3x3zsave 6 August 2022 09: 59
        +2
        Greed is one of the seven deadly sins.
  6. hhurik
    hhurik 6 August 2022 10: 09
    0
    The native caliber is for rimfire ammunition, this is important. hi

    For a tubular underbarrel magazine in rifles with a central primer - well, that's it negative It will explode due to the pricking of the primer with a sharp nose of the cartridge when serving or recoiling - and a mustache, a bandage on a hole instead of an eye, a hook instead of a brush and a swearing parrot on the shoulder.

    So, for the collection only to have, to get a horse there, a sombrero and all that - for practical purposes, a meaningless thing.
    1. icelord
      icelord 6 August 2022 13: 09
      +6
      Yes, no, now under the annular cartridge for a long time already, the usual central one, just lively bullets or a half-shell, half of these screws are generally made for revolving magnums. And for practical use, it is also very popular in the states, compact, lightweight, powerful short-range weapons for self-defense, from a bear, for example
    2. decimalegio
      decimalegio 8 August 2022 12: 16
      0
      Leaving aside the passion for old and big, slow and heavy calibers (type 45-70 G.), in my opinion the best lever action shotguns are the Browning BLR series shotguns with magazines.
  7. ycuce234-san
    ycuce234-san 6 August 2022 12: 44
    +1
    And in 1959, such a “survival” rifle AR-7 was created.


    By the way, in her specialized environment - the jungles of Vietnam, she did not win fame. Only the United States "grounded" 0,5-2 thousand pilots there, which should give good statistics. Apparently, the Vietnamese were intelligent trackers and found and placed their heavenly guests in "hotels" before they had time to starve or be bitten by someone poisonous or dangerous - a whole industry of extreme hospitality turned out.
    1. hhurik
      hhurik 6 August 2022 13: 19
      +3
      A good Brekovskaya bullet, it’s a pity, it doesn’t pass according to the criteria in Russia.
      1. ycuce234-san
        ycuce234-san 6 August 2022 16: 59
        +1
        Over time, the requirements for the design of a civilian should change and this kind of small things will no longer be banned.
        If only because the weapons will all be on the Internet: the global satellite Internet is already operating on the planet and it is a matter of a short time when civilian weapons devices will also be present in it. It will be possible to issue a hunting ticket right while sitting in an ambush in the middle of the wilderness - I took a photo of the prey with an aim, sent it and you are waiting for confirmation to shoot ...
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  9. hhurik
    hhurik 6 August 2022 13: 25
    +1
    Quote: Icelord
    Yes, no, now under the annular cartridge for a long time already, the usual central one, just lively bullets or a half-shell, half of these screws are generally made for revolving magnums. And for practical use, it is also very popular in the states, compact, lightweight, powerful short-range weapons for self-defense, from a bear, for example

    I don’t know how it is in the USA - in Russia it’s exclusively under the ring road, the rest is exotic that no one needs. They are not popular at all.
    https://gunsbroker.ru/hunting/212688_henry-golden-boy-22lr.html?ysclid=l6hprrhmmx324913892
    https://forum.guns.ru/forummessage/187/2291537.html
    1. icelord
      icelord 6 August 2022 13: 47
      +2
      Well, this is understandable, but the states are full of them, and there are under very serious cartridges, for example, 500 alaskan with a muzzle energy of 7200 joules, still a bullet weighing 29 grams with an initial speed of 700 m / s
    2. Zaits
      Zaits 7 August 2022 00: 10
      +1
      Quote: hhurik
      I don’t know how it is in the USA - in Russia it’s exclusively under the ring road, the rest is exotic that no one needs.


      The .357 Mag, .38 Spl, .44 Mag, .44 Spl, .45 Colt revolver cartridges mentioned in the article are far from uncommon in the United States. And all - central ignition.
      America is a country of revolvers, and often quite powerful revolvers. Therefore, rifles chambered for a powerful revolving cartridge are in great demand there.

      Well, the little thing is a little thing in Africa too. The .22LR is the world's most durable and most widely used rimfire cartridge. And the cheapest of the most massive cartridges.
  10. alex-cn
    alex-cn 6 August 2022 14: 23
    +3
    oho honyushki ... I read your articles, and only put pluses, before it was still possible to find inconsistencies or something to add, now there is no way. Well, I’m quietly making a stomach ulcer, and I tried many specimens, but ...
  11. AlexTss
    AlexTss 6 August 2022 22: 51
    +3
    The Big Boy Steel features a blued steel round barrel. diameter 20 or 16,5 inches,

    Did you mean length?
    1. kalibr
      7 August 2022 18: 18
      +1
      Quote: AlexTss
      length

      Yes, of course!
  12. hhurik
    hhurik 7 August 2022 09: 49
    0
    Quote: Zaits
    Quote: hhurik
    I don’t know how it is in the USA - in Russia it’s exclusively under the ring road, the rest is exotic that no one needs.


    The .357 Mag, .38 Spl, .44 Mag, .44 Spl, .45 Colt revolver cartridges mentioned in the article are far from uncommon in the United States. And all - central ignition.
    America is a country of revolvers, and often quite powerful revolvers. Therefore, rifles chambered for a powerful revolving cartridge are in great demand there.

    Well, the little thing is a little thing in Africa too. The .22LR is the world's most durable and most widely used rimfire cartridge. And the cheapest of the most massive cartridges.

    In Russia, the cheapest cartridge is 9x18, the second place is shared by gross 7,62X39 and .22LR, then 9x19.
    In this regard, a small thing in terms of the cost of a shot is not a cake for a long time, the people use more serious calibers, and in general, the trend in entertaining shootings is towards carbines chambered for pistol cartridges.
  13. Doliva63
    Doliva63 9 August 2022 16: 38
    0
    In the 90s, the Kashnik had a Henry rifle, already very old, they used our 5,6 mm cartridge for shooting. Light, comfortable, but after 7,62 and 5,45 I was not impressed.
  14. frog
    frog 10 August 2022 23: 32
    0
    Merci for the article!) Quite a good cycle, and this work in particular. But .... I still understand, sho achipyatka))
    The Big Boy Steel features a blued steel round barrel. diameter 20 or 16,5 inches

    Is it such a small piece of the barrel from the battleship? repeat