Henry Auctioning Custom Rifle to Benefit Indiana Boy


Press release from Henry Repeating Rifle Company:


BAYONNE, NEW JERSEY- September 16, 2016– The “Indiana Boy” rifle started when Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms learned of a two-year-old boy named Brayden who was born prematurely at 3 pounds, 2 ounces with a serious condition that left his intestines outside of his body. The surgery to remedy this condition led to infections and now most of his organs need to be replaced.

Mr. Imperato immediately offered the family assistance through the Guns for Great Causes branch of Henry Repeating Arms. 33 special edition rifles will be auctioned off and sold across the country to generate funds to help Brayden’s family cover the cost of the anti-rejection drugs that are required for a successful transplant operation of this severity.


The theme of the rifle is summed up with the brave warrior mouse and inspirational text found on the buttstock. The book on the stock reads, “And though he is small he is fierce, for love, hope and courage make Brayden a WARRIOR.” For nearly 3 years now Brayden has fought to stay alive showing bravery and strength miles beyond his age and size. He has been on a feeding tube for his entire life, and half his time since birth at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis or traveling to and from it.

The American Walnut buttstock is laser-engraved and hand painted with the image of an open, fairytale-style book with the inspirational text for Brayden on the left page and a brave warrior mouse on the right. The book has a brick-red cover, with off-white antique pages. The warrior mouse stares danger in the face as two arrows fly over his head, just as Brayden does when presented with a new challenge due to complications. He is armed with a sword fit for Excalibur in his right hand and a green-colored shield in his left, which is adorned with a stylized “B” for Brayden. Some American leafy-vine scrollwork painted in copper provides a backdrop for the book.


Only 33 of these rifles will be made starting with serial number “BRAYDEN01” and going through “BRAYDEN33.” The first rifle is available for auction on Gunbroker.com, item #584484452. The remaining 32 rifles will be sold directly through Henry Repeating Arms for $750. Every cent raised will be donated to Brayden’s family to help with the exorbitant costs associated with organ transplants. To order please email [email protected] with a name, phone number, and home address. Payment can be made by credit card and the rifle will ship to a local Henry dealer. Henry Repeating Arms will recognize everyone who purchased one of these rifles as thanks for participating in this special fundraiser.

For information about the company and its products visit www.henryrifles.com or call 866-200-2354.

About Henry Repeating Arms

Henry Repeating Arms is one of the country’s leading rifle manufacturers. Their legendary name dates back to 1860 when Benjamin Tyler Henry invented and patented the first practical repeating rifle during the Civil War. It became known as the “gun you could load on Sunday and shoot all week long.” Henry rifles went on to play a significant role in the frontier days of the American West and soon became one of the most legendary, respected and sought after rifles in the history of firearms. President Lincoln’s Henry hangs in The Smithsonian and has become a national treasure. The company’s manufacturing facilities are in Bayonne, NJ and Rice Lake, WI.


  1. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    Poor guy, he looks pretty big considering all he’s been through.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      The kid has never known *not* eating without a feeding tube, egads…

  2. avatar TravisP says:

    I wonder how much airplay this will get with the mainstream media…..

  3. avatar BigDaveinVT says:

    @TravisP I doubt the lamestream media will give it 15 seconds of air time.

    I just e-mailed Teresa and threw my name in for one of the thirty-two.

    Always wanted a Henry. Can’t think of a better reason to buy one now.

    1. avatar Pascal says:

      My name is on the list as well. Will hang it on my wall.

  4. avatar Mainspring says:

    32 rifles x $750 is only $24K. That’s barely enough to treat a broken leg and a concussion. Where is the family going to get the remaining half million dollars?

    Prayers and best wishes to them and Brayden.

    1. avatar Red McCloud says:

      This is for the cost of the anti-rejection drugs, not the surgeries themselves.

  5. avatar Wood says:

    Kudos to all of you who help this family. I got the email from Henry too, and am strongly considering getting one as well. I’ve got 4 of my own under the age of 5, so things are pretty tight here. I hope in a few years someone gives one of the 33 rifles to Brayden.

  6. avatar Silentbrick says:

    My wife and I really wish we had the money to get one. We just aren’t in a position to. But I have no doubt that it’ll be less than a week before every single one of them is gone.

  7. avatar EJV says:

    I have one on the way! Glad to support a good cause!

  8. avatar LordGopu says:

    If I had the money I would consider it as well. I like Henry as a company. They make good guns at reasonable and sometimes very low prices and they seem to just generally be run by good people.

    If only they had loading gates haha.

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