Henry Repeating Arms: 150 Years in the Making
"Every single part in each Henry rifle is made in America, and engineered with features that other gun makers often charge twice the price for. For that reason, our corporate motto is "Made in America and Priced Right", added Anthony Imperato, President /Owner of Henry Repeating Arms. The original Henry was known as the gun you could "Load On Sunday and Shoot All Week Long".
"There is little innovation in our industry compared to others," said Imperato. "We still use the same kinds of mechanisms that existed 150 years ago because they work!"
Henry Repeating Arms has been able to reach a new audience as a Boy Scouts of America licensee, introducing rifles to those who were either not familiar with the Henry brand or had little knowledge of the company or its long history. The consumer who buys a Henry rifle can be purchasing them for a variety of reasons: collecting, target shooting, varmint, small game and big game hunting, as well as cowboy action shooters.
Currently, Henry Repeating Arms offers a limited BSA® Centennial Rifle (which will cease production December 31, 2011), an Eagle Scout® Rifle, and a Philmont® rifle.
"In 2012, we will introduce a lever action in caliber 45-70 and it is also the 150th anniversary of the original Henry rifle, and we will be doing something in honor of that milestone," explained Imperato.
Henry Repeating Arms takes its name from Benjamin Tyler Henry, the inventor and gunsmith who patented the first reliable repeating rifle in 1860. The Henry .44 caliber lever-action repeating design was heavily used in the American Civil War to give a single soldier the power of a dozen of muzzle-loading muskets. The first Henry rifles were produced for army use in mid-1862 and manufacturing slowed significantly after the War. The last Henry-designed rifle is believed to have shipped in 1915.
The Imperato family has been in the gun business since 1911, and in 1973, Mr. Imperato's late father Louis, bought the firearms company of Iver Johnson and began making versions of the M1 Carbine. The Henry name was reborn when the Imperato's took a gamble and resurrected the Henry Repeater in 1996. They started manufacturing the rifles in their Brooklyn, New York factory and in September 2008, the company moved its headquarters and manufacturing operations to a much larger, 110,000-square-foot facility in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Henry Repeating Arms is a firearms manufacturing company, one of the top ten long gun manufacturers in the Unites States and the leading lever action manufacturer. Henry rifles can be purchased at sporting goods retailers and participating Henry dealers throughout the United States. To find a Henry dealer in your area, visit henryrepeating.com.