Cimarron Firearms Brings the Legend of the Henry Repeating Rifle to Life

Cimarron’s 1860 Henry rifle, reproduced from an original Belonging to Aldo Uberti, would make Benjamin Tyler Henry proud!

Cimarron Firearms 1860 Henry Civilian model with 24 inch barrel
Cimarron Firearms 1860 Henry Civilian model with 24 inch barrel

Fredericksburg, Texas (Ammoland.com) – One of the most iconic guns of the American West is the Henry Repeating rifle, a lever-action, breech-loading, “sixteen-shooter” rifle originally produced by the New Haven Arms Company in New Haven, Connecticut, part of the famed “gun alley.” Since its inception and limited run, the Henry rifle has been beloved by homesteaders, cowboys, soldiers, frontiersmen and the law.

As the forerunner to today’s modern lever-action, the Henry is still one of the most prevalent iconic symbols of the Old West, and one of the most reproduced.

With some storied antique rifles selling for upward of $50,000, manufacturers have been quick to exploit its popularity.

The Cimarron Firearms 1860 Henry Repeating Rifle is unique among the imposters. Like many of Cimarron’s replicas, the basis of its design is an actual antique in the Cimarron collection. Using an authentic Henry rifle as the platform for the new replica, Cimarron utilizes modern technologies and machining, combined with old world craftsmanship and an astute attention to historic details, such as the original-type sling swivels and the C.G.C. inspector’s stampings.

The success in the Henry rifle lay in its ability to load sixteen cartridges in a magazine at one time and be able to “repeatedly” discharge the cartridges from a single barrel without reloading. In prior wartime scenarios, the most common weapon was a single-shot breechloader, which required reloading after every round fired, a detriment to anyone on the front lines.

B. Tyler Henry
B. Tyler Henry

Tyler Henry based his legendary design on the 1848 Volition Repeating rifle, a revolutionary early version of the lever-action repeating mechanism, and a tubular magazine designed by Walter Hunt for Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson’s Volcanic Repeating Arms Company. Smith and Wesson’s short-lived company would soon close its doors after the failed prototype but would eventually become two of the most world-famous firearms manufacturers, Smith & Wesson and the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.

Oliver Winchester, an investor in the former Smith & Wesson Company, or Volcanic Repeating Arms Company, as it was later known, took over ownership and moved the plant to New Haven, Connecticut, better known as “gun alley” where he reorganized as the New Haven Arms Company in 1857. Plant Superintendent, B. Tyler Henry, experimented with the new .44 rimfire copper-cased cartridges and modified the original Volcanic lever-action to accommodate it. The legend was born: The Henry Repeating Rifle of 1860. Under the new auspices as the Winchester Repeating Arms company, only 14,000 Henry lever-action rifles were produced between 1862 and 1866.

Needless to say, the Henry Repeating rifle became the choice firearm for the Northern troops during the Civil War, with many Confederate’s lamenting that “that damn Yankee rifle, they load it on Sunday and shoot all week.” Beloved by soldiers and stagecoach drivers, frontiersmen, and law enforcement, the Henry Repeating Rifle was also used by the Sioux and Cheyenne against Custer’s 7th Cavalry in the Battle at Little Big Horn.

Henry Rifles used by Northern troops during the Civil War
Henry Rifles used by Northern troops during the Civil War

Today, the Henry Repeating Rifle can proudly claim to be the grandfather of a host of lever-action rifles and carbines on the market. Out of all reproductions and replicas available today, the Uberti produced Cimarron Firearms Henry Repeating Rifle is the closest to the original Henry 1860 Model chambered in .44 Winchester or .45 Colt. Available as either the brass-framed model or the early-type Henry with a beautifully colored case-hardened frame, sporting an authentically styled 24-inch octagonal barrel with the distinctive front-loaded tubular magazine integrated into the shrouded barrel. Truly a museum quality replica of a pivotal American firearms design for those that want to experience authenticity unlike anything else available today.

Here’s a YouTube video link from the boys with The Alamo and a brief overview of the Henry Repeating Rifle.

For more information on Cimarron Firearms and accessories, visit www.cimarron-firearms.com.


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Alex Turley

Who makes the 44 rimfire ammo for it?

Bill Brownstone
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Bill Brownstone

An error was made by the writer of this piece. The standard military rifle was a muzzle loading with a rate of fire of three-four rounds per minute for a well trained soldier.

Martin
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Martin

The standard rifle was the muzzle-loader but the were some units in the Union Army stood up by commanders who provided the men with this “new-fangled” firearm.

VT Patriot
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VT Patriot

Could it be that Cimarron is trying to popularize ‘it’s’ version of the now, very popular, Henry rifles manufactured in the USA? Win, Marlin and others have been mfg versions of the original for decades, but it was Henry in the USA that virtually exploded the market. I would wager that HRC has sold more beautiful lever actions in it’s brief history than any other company. I have one, and it is a magnificent piece of work. Great market to capitalize on. But, make it in America by an American company where it was invented, perfected, and used by millions.… Read more »

Rev R Vincent Warde
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Rev R Vincent Warde

The USA Henrys are indeed great guns – but they are not reproductions of the original Henry. They are modern lever guns done in the style of the Henry. The Cimarron Firearms Henry is a virtual clone of the original in all but caliber – because no one makes .44 rimfire anymore. (It should be noted that many of the originals were converted to centerfire.) In short, two very nice, but very different firearms.

Rock
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Rock

I’ll stick with my old Marlins, every bit as well made at 1/3 to 1/2 the price with the same guarantee.

Wayne Renniger
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Wayne Renniger

Don’t forget the ‘Henry Repeating Arms’! A few years back they re made the original Henry. They are noted for superb workmanship and a lifetime guarantee. I know, I have two Henrys.

Dennis Aldeman
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Dennis Aldeman

While I’m sure it’s a wonderful reproduction that being said it’s still made overseas unlike the Henry’s which are made in the USA ….so I’ll stick to my Henry’s as well and my good ole original Winchester’s 1873 and 1894 both produced in the early and late 1890’s and still fire as good as when they were new ….all original and all USA ….

Dennis Aldeman
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Dennis Aldeman

I echo the same feeling …nothing like an original USA made rifle …I love my Henrys and my original Winchester’s .All made in USA !!!

Dave in Fairfax
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John
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John

Wonder how this one compares to the one from the existing Henry company, as it was produced from an original as well?

Mark Tercsak
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Mark Tercsak

The Henry was indeed popular, but as far as preferred repeating arm of choice, that is simply not correct

The Spenser Repeating carbine was preferred by calvary troops it had more punch in 56-50 or 56-56 and there was also a rifle, they also stayed in active service longer as well.

Robert Myers
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Robert Myers

If that is true how come the only place or firearm i’ve ever seen it used on or copied on is the remington nylon66 even bolt and semiauto loadng 22 rifles use the tube below the barrel style magazine even though they have been modified to load through a port on the muzzle end and history is well documented with all the upgrades done to the original henry rifle especially all the designs of the immortal firearms genius John M Browning ,and when the term ”The Gun That Won the West”’comes up i can think of no 1that brings up… Read more »

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C L Hiatt

“The Gun That Won the West”’comes up i can think of no 1that brings up the spencer rifle design can you” No, But I do take note of current & historic comments in regards to Sharps & Remington (modern name “rolling Block” One verified historic letter from a young man on a buffalo hunt comments that many of the experienced Buffalo hunters have said ” I wouldn’t have one of those damned Winchester repeaters if they gave it to me”. One builder of modern & exact reproductions of the old Sharps jokingly states ” Sharps, the gun that made the… Read more »

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Pete

The Spencer carbine made the company owner rich, and after the war bankrupted him. When troops mustered out, they took Henry’s with them but eschewed the Spencers. After the war, Spencer tried to sell commercial models of the gun for $35.00, a fortune in those days. Surplus guns were being sold by the government for $5.00 to $7.00. There was rumor that some went as cheaply as $3.00. And of course the government had thousands of them.