Henry Repeating Arms: “We’re Still Standing” (Better Than We Ever Did)

Anthony Imperato and friends (courtesy Henry Repeating Rifles)

Six months ago today Hurricane Sandy slammed into coastal New Jersey, leaving devastation in its wake. Amongst its victims: lever gun manufacturer Henry Repeating Arms. Henry’s factory was hit head on, with waves crashing into the side of its plant and wind tearing at its roof. The day after the storm, Henry’s CEO toured the five-year-old facility, taking stock of the damage. “The storm blew off a major section of our roof,” Anthony Imperato told TTAG. “There was three feet of water in the factory; it covered 100 machine centers. There was a sinkhole in one of the buildings.” Imperato’s a man of few words, all of them carefully chosen. I asked him if Sandy harshed his mellow . . .

“I was calm,” Imperato said. “I guess it’s because I live with the daily stress of running a factory . . . At the time all I could think about what had to be done to get us back in production. Maybe I’ll have PTSD later.”

And maybe not. Applying his characteristic sang froid, Imperato oversaw the recovery operation, including major structural repairs and changing or rewiring the low-profile motors powering their machines. None of which was cheap. “We have an open [insurance] claim of several million dollars.”

Luckily, Henry’s ammunition stores survive the hurricane intact. ‘Cause Henry has LOTS of .22’s. “We test fire 10 rounds per gun. We make 300 thousand guns per year . . . So we buy a healthy amount of all types of ammo, Federal, Winchester, Remington and others.”

Six weeks later, the first pre-fired new firearm left the factory. In January, Henry Repeating Arms had shipped 27k firearms to grateful gun dealers. And the hits keep coming. “People ask me if we’re still in business,” Imperator said. “We’re not just back, we’re shipping record numbers of guns.”

If another hurricane hits Henry (which hardly ever happens) the manufacturer won’t have all its eggs in a Garden State-shaped basket. “We’re going to start buildings guns in Rice Lake, Wisconsin,” Imperato reveals.

I didn’t have the heart to point out that Wisconsin is prey to blizzards, blazing heat and tornados. Still, if anyone can cope with whatever Mother Nature throws down, it’s Imperato. The man’s rock solid and ready to rock and roll. Kinda like Henry’s guns, really.

comments

  1. avatar Ken says:

    So THAT’S where all the 22 is.

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      No kidding….. 3 million rounds?
      I’m still trying to wrap my head around the size of the building to hold that much…

      1. avatar Mike in NC says:

        The number of rounds may sound impressive, but that is .22LR and should be around a half dozen pallets.

    2. avatar 1911A1 says:

      CCI by itself turns out 4 million rounds a day. 3 million ain’t squat.

  2. avatar Chuck in Il says:

    Good. I have two Henry’s. Slick little rifles.

  3. avatar neiowa says:

    I wonder how Obumer is speeding assistance thru the Fed system for a firearms mfg?

    Perhaps you’ve read in the mainstream media on the effectiveness and effiency of the current adminstration in Sandy recovery? NO? Move along nothing to see here.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      Actually I have. Gov. Christy said today that “Obama has kept all of his promises.” Doesn’t mean that it won’t take a lot of time to recover.

      1. avatar William Burke says:

        Gov. Chrisy saying Obama kept all his promises has about the same trust level as him saying he had a light lunch.

        But I do understand. He probably couldn’t push himself away from the table, and was trying to lighten it up.

        1. avatar Guardian says:

          +1. ” light lunch ” LMAO !

    2. avatar Pascal says:

      A recent poll by the Asbury Park Press found 73 percent of the state’s residents are satisfied with recovery efforts. Christie was upbeat on the recovery process on Monday in an interview with MSNBC, proclaiming that President Obama “has kept every promise he’s made,” regarding help for the Garden State.

      Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/04/29/six-months-later-jersey-shore-on-track-with-sandy-rebuilding-efforts/#ixzz2RtVvs4HT

    3. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

      This administration helping a business that has anything to do with guns?
      A manufacturer no less?

      neiowa, what have you been drinking my friend, I want some……

      It will snow and hail in Hades, and even then, not gonna happen……….

    4. avatar Stinkeye says:

      The Feds shouldn’t be bailing out any businesses that were hit by Sandy, firearms-related or otherwise. That’s what insurance is for.

    5. avatar csmallo says:

      Funny, I don’t read anything in the Constitution about the Federal government helping in any way in disaster relief.

      1. avatar Jon says:

        If the Federal government stuck to what’s in the Constitution then it would be 1/1000 the size it is now and spend about 0.1% of what they spend.

  4. avatar Pascal says:

    Awesome! My favorite level guns! Sadly, all this mess has delayed talk of a new production 1860.

    1. avatar borekfk says:

      When it comes out, that Made in USA 1860 Henry will be worth the wait!

  5. avatar tater tot says:

    Happy to hear they’re still kicking.. Love my BigBoy .45LC! One of my favorite guns

  6. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Talk about a missed opportunity … I would have used the insurance money to rebuild in a firearms friendly state to the south or west.

    There will be more hurricanes the hit the New Jersey coastline: it’s just a matter of when.

  7. avatar Kerry says:

    Wisconsin is a fairly gun friendly state if you remove the cesspools of Milwaukee and Madison. Lots of avid hunters, and I think Henry will fit right in near Rice Lake. Wisconsinites (again, outside the two disfunctional cities) are a pretty hardy breed rivaling other northern states, and people in that area have no problem getting to work on time with their snowmobiles if they have to. Tornadoes are rarely like the massive ones they have in Texas and Oklahoma. And blazing heat? In Wisconsin? Compared to where?

    I would really like to own a Henry Big Boy some day, they are really sweet looking rifles.

    1. avatar Marc says:

      No heat here, still have ice on the lakes and it’s almost May 1st.

  8. avatar Mediocrates says:

    Give me a Henry over a Remington any day.

    1. avatar Guardian says:

      Dont have any experience with Henry’s rifles, but i do own a Remmy woodsmaster and the thing is RELIABLE as all hell. very pleased with that gun. It has taken a Bear, Moose and Deer.

  9. avatar C says:

    I’ll consider buying when they move to a free state.

  10. avatar Arthur says:

    Why do these guys want to reopen a plant in a hostile state? I wold think that the hurricane (super storm?) was a gentle nudge to geet-helloutta the land-o-grab and resurface in another locale which appreciates their wares. Just my opinion

    1. avatar Bullitt.44 says:

      If Henry would just pack up and leave Jersey they would forfeit all of the Insurance money designated for damages. You must rebuild on location for claims to be paid.

  11. avatar Syntax says:

    My father just got a Henry lever action .22 and that thing is beautiful. I have never used a lever action that was as smooth as this one, it was like butter!! Beautiful guns, a bit on the heavy side but that is because it is solid construction. It Shoots straight and tight little groups with good ammo, can’t ask for much more out of a gun like that. Probably just one of the best “fun guns” I have ever shot!! Fill the tube magazine up and you can shoot down more than a dozen cans at a time when plinking. A Henry is my next .22 that is for sure.

  12. avatar William Burke says:

    I used to have an AR-7, when Charter Arms made it. I’m starting to want one again. Wonder what they cost nowadays?

    1. avatar Old Air Force says:

      My local Academy had one on the rack for $229 this past weekend. I think that Gander has them for $235.

    2. avatar foggy says:

      I’ve got a Henry AR-7 and it is definitely the best production version that has been manufactured so far. The stock is now truly watertight and has room for three magazines (comes with two). My dad had a Charter Arms AR-7 back in the 80s and it suffered from the main problems that you hear about. It was extremely difficult to remove the buttcap from the stock and the interior of the stock eventually cracked in several places.

  13. avatar frankgon4 says:

    They should bring their lever action manufacture plant to a much friendlier state like Texas.

    1. avatar Nick says:

      Bahahaha, you can’t even open carry in Texas. Wisconsin is very gun-friendly since Scott Walker took things over. If the rest of your Governors had a set of big brass ones, things would be getting done in your states too!

  14. avatar Anonymous says:

    I keep waiting for them to make an awesome high quality “assault style weapon” with high capacity mags (maybe accept standard AR mags?) with their standard quality machining and a decorative receiver, but it never seems to happen.

    They keep goofing around with these lever action rifles for which I have little interest.

    1. avatar S_J says:

      Why the hell should they do that? They’re like one of maybe four or five gun manufacturers still in the U.S. with a serious pedigree and history that doesn’t cater to the mall ninja crowd. You want your AR clone, go get one from your choice of a hundred other shops and don’t divert their attention from the best lever actions ever made.*

      *That aren’t vintage 39A’s or Win 1894’s

    2. avatar C says:

      Only if it comes with brass mags!

    3. avatar Mike in NC says:

      Dang it! Now I’ve got this image in my head of a polished brass AR with wood furniture, an octagonal barrel and the charging handle replaced by a lever mechanism.

      1. avatar Anonymous says:

        I know! that’s what i’m talking about. Brass and wood gentlemen – Brass and wood.

      2. avatar C says:

        I would buy the hell outta that gun!

  15. avatar Greg Camp says:

    We’d welcome Henry to Arkansas, even if they do make that damned Yankee rifle that you load on Sunday and shoot all week, bless their hearts.

    1. avatar Guardian says:

      Come on up to New Hampshire. I’ll even throw in some Lilacs and lobster! LOL!

      1. avatar C says:

        Piss off, Virginia has moonshine!

  16. avatar andy says:

    WHY are you still in a commi anti gun state –MOVE NOW to a GUN Rights State =PLEASE

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