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Henry Repeating Arms, one of America’s leading gunmakers, is pleased to introduce a slew of new products, including the company’s first foray into the world of wheel guns, the first-ever rifles available for the .360 Buckhammer straight wall cartridge, and a highly-anticipated overhaul to its flagship series of brass-framed centerfire lever action rifles.

Further expanding beyond the lever action rifles and shotguns synonymous with the Henry name, the Henry Big Boy Revolver is both a historic release that collectors will relish as an exceedingly rare opportunity to own the first bonafide handgun made by the long gun manufacturer and the perfect sidekick for owners of the Henry Big Boy rifle.

Chambered in .357 Magnum/.38 Special, the traditional double-action revolver is available in two different grip configurations – the larger, flared Gunfighter style or the more compact, rounded Birdshead style. The Big Boy Revolver borrows design cues from its rifle counterpart with deep and polished blueing on the medium-sized steel frame, 6-round quick-release cylinder, and 4” barrel, grip panels cut from genuine American walnut, and a polished brass trigger guard that wraps all way around the grip to the top of the backstrap. The fixed notch rear sight and interchangeable front blade sights with different heights provide a traditional revolver sight picture. MSRP is $928.

Developed in partnership with Remington Ammunition and optimized for use in lever action rifles, the new .360 Buckhammer straight wall cartridge provides extended range, higher velocity, more energy, and a flatter trajectory than the competition for hunters of whitetail deer and other medium-sized game. With the ammunition rolling out nationwide, Henry is bringing the first rifles chambered for the new caliber to market with the Henry Steel Lever Action .360 Buckhammer and the Henry Lever Action X Model .360 Buckhammer. Sharing the same matte blued steel receiver and 5-round capacity between them, differences between the two models are most notable with the furniture. The X Model variant sports durable black synthetic stocks with M-Lok and Picatinny accessory slots, while the Steel Lever Action version uses checkered American walnut. Other differences include a 5/8×24 threaded barrel and fiber optics sights on the X Model version. MSRP is $1,057 for the Steel Lever Action .360 Buckhammer and $1,091 for the Lever Action X Model .360 Buckhammer.

In 2003, the Big Boy was born after receiving enormous demand to make a pistol-calibered version of the flagship Henry Golden Boy .22. Twenty years later, the Big Boy and Henry’s other brass-framed centerfire lever action rifles are getting an overhaul to include one of the most requested features, a side loading gate, useful for keeping the magazine topped off while on a hunt or at the range. These rifles retain their original removable inner magazine tube as a quicker, safer way to unload the firearm. With the predecessors getting phased out as inventory depletes, the sweeping change affects 21 individual models, including some engraved editions and larger calibers like .30-30 and .45-70, all of which feature a polished hardened brass receiver, buttplate, and barrel band, genuine American walnut stocks, and the iconic blued steel octagon barrel.

“While the past couple of years have been trying in a number of ways, these new releases are a testament to the fact that we have no plans to take our foot off the gas any time soon,” said Henry Repeating Arms CEO and Founder Anthony Imperato. “Whether you plan on picking up the new revolver or you will be among those taking .360 Buckhammer out for its very first deer season, we thank you for choosing to spend your hard-earned money on a Henry.”

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  1. my friend works there, i didn’t really believe him when he said they were going to make this.
    the semi- auto was more believable.

    • A version without the rear notch sight would have been nice.

      Is this a reproduction of an early release? The frame seems a bit ‘light’ in material for magnum loads…

    • Made me think of a cross between a Colt Lawman from the early 70s mated to a Charter Arms.

      Not a good looking mohaska to my eyes.

      I think the gun is bigger and thicker than it looks. Modern guns tend to have more daylight around moving parts. Time will tell if it’s strong enough.

      I think they need some help in the design department. Life is too short for ugly guns.

  2. I like Henry lever guns, but this revolver does nothing for me. Especially the MSRP of $928. Pass.

    • Same here.

      And that revolver is butt-ugly. Why Henry failed to enclose the cylinder ejector rod is beyond me. Not only is it ugly, it is also a functional liability since that ejector rod can snag on all sorts of stuff.

      Plus, no adjustable rear sight.

      I can only imagine that the bluing is wonderful and a fantastic compliment to the walnut grips. Of course the brass looks nice. I just have a really hard time seeing any revolver going for $900 or higher. And I love revolvers–I own more than one.

      • keeping in line with the historical tradition, no shroud. i think the lugged ones look better, my detective is from before, hasn’t snagged. always looks vulnerable though.

        • If they put a shroud for the ejector rod, and it was attached to the barrel, some dimwit congresswoman would call it a “barrel shroud” and categorize it as an “assault revolver”. It already has the hammer-thing-that-goes up.

          I dunno – I’m sure it’s a finely built piece, I love my Henry lever action in .44 Mag. But it just looks too much like an ugly, warmed over Harrington-Richardson from the 1930’s to me. For a modern looking revolver, I’d prefer something like the Kimber. I already have a boatload of Colts, Smiths, and Rugers.

      • The price is on par with new production S&W and Ruger revolvers. The thing is that Ruger and Smith both have decades of production and millions of quality revolvers under their belts. They have built reputations for quality in revolver-land.

        Henry revolvers are of unknown quality at this point.

        I’m glad to see Henry get into the revolver game (surprised a little that they are double actions). Hopefully they are awesome!

        I like my Henry 22 lever action. I’m not in the market for a new .357 revolver, already owning a Security Six. If I did buy a new .357 revolver, I’d likely go GP100 or 686 instead of Henry.

        I still think this looks pretty cool 👍

        • Actually a little less than the basic 586 or blued GP100. But a lot higher than Uberti which is a better comparison. I can testify that my Uberti 5-1/2″ birdshead (.45 LC) is of excellent quality and currently MSRPs at $689. Keep thinking about adding a brass one to my collection but so far it hasn’t made the top of the list.

        • That exposed ejector rod reminds me of the old school Colt 1917 / New Service revolver I use to.own.

          It definitely has that “Old school” look to it.

        • Governor,

          Actually a little less than the basic 586 or blued GP100.

          Are you saying that a brand new blued (not stainless) steel Ruger GP-100 chambered in .357 Magnum sells for more than $928 these days?

        • Uncommonsense,
          You can find GP100 and 686s on for about $700, but the MSRP is higher. According to the website, the GP100 MSRP runs between $979 and $1099 depending on model. I usually figure that a fair Ruger retail price is around 70-75% of their MSRP. I imagine something similar is true of the Smith revolvers.

          Personally, I don’t even want to spend $700 on a .357 revolver. I would try to find a used one for well under $500. Fortunately my old Security Six satisfies my .357 itch.

        • From what I’ve always heard, dealer price for a single unit is usually 70% MSRP but if they order 10 they’ll get an 11th one free. Pretty sure if you’re Bass Pro ordering 10,000 Glock 19s you get a pretty sweet discount.

  3. Surely you jest, Henry- I certainly expected more from you… One fat grand for a .357 revolver that looks a lot like a pot-metal Rohm RG! Never!

    • That’s an ugly revolver. I’ll stick with Colt, S&W, or Ruger. Henry has a ways to go before anything other than their leverguns catches my eye. And even then, I think I’d rather have a Cimarron in .44 Mag.

  4. I’ve been dragging my feet on an X Henry since they came out. Now here’s another variable. Gotta see how this doe mallet round suppresses. Or rather, hear how.

  5. Not much faith in this. They’re not ready for guns beyond lever actions. The 9mm Homesteader rifle is lookingike a Jam-o-Matic:

      • Cool but not at that price for that revolver. Other companies have vast revolver experience…

    • There are also comments on that video that indicate other experiences aren’t the same. There will be adjustments and growing pains but one bad review doesn’t mean the product is bad.

    • With all due respect, I’m thinking I wouldn’t label an entire product line jam-o-matics based on a sample of one. I had a Smith performance Center revolver that had so many burrs it stopped working after two rounds. It got fixed, runs great and I don’t think Smith makes bad guns in general based on this one revolver’s problems out of the box. It’ll take some time to find out if issues are rare or common with this model.

  6. The bird’s head revolver looks really nice… Unfortunately I’ve had a few too many quality problems with Henry guns to even consider buying another one. Their support is good but if the product doesn’t hold up that’s not worth much.

    • knock on wood I’ve never had an issue with a henry but all the pre-Ruger (pre bankrupt) Marlin’s I’ve tried ALWAYS (no exaggeration) had significant defects. Then while one was in the shop the bankruptcy occurred and I lost out big. I am not a Henry apologist but they’ve worked consistently and I’ll use them until they don’t. I filed a claim in the bankruptcy process but I’ll never see a dime.

        • Can’t get help through Ruger, I can’t phrase it exactly but they said they wouldn’t honor repairs/previous models at one point. Basically without spending my own money can’t get it repaired or replaced under warranty as the warranty died with Rem/Marlin bankruptcy. I’ve shared the story here before but got a .45-70 NIB from LGS. Issues with feeding, hammer, and overall quality. Took that one back to LGS and got a replacement, also NIB. That one had the exact same issues. Rather than keep taking it back to LGS I sent to Marlin for repair. Came back unfixed (said nothing was wrong) and it also came back absolutely filthy, they didn’t even clean it when sending it back to me. I sent it back again for repair and then it was on hold for ages until the bankruptcy finalized. The repair shop wasn’t doing work until things were resolved. They sent it back to me and basically said tough luck, fix it yourself. Also came back dirty and greasy.

          I did recoup a little as I sold it at a big loss to someone that felt they could deal with the issue but Remington/Marlin never made things right. I’ve used leverguns a lot and am familiar with them, it wasn’t user error. When the second gun came back from the shop it was evident they had taken it apart but for them to say nothing was wrong with it was false. Overall bad experience. Replaced with a Henry all-weather and never looked back.

      • I don’t have any complaints about my Remlin 336BL, but it was manufactured in 2016 and I think by then they started to get their act together. At least similar to the Remingtons at the time, nothing special but decent. The earlier Remlins should be avoided like the clap.

    • I own a few Henry lever guns. They make beautiful stuff. This, though? I hope it looks better in person. Great company, though.

  7. I like the birdshead but if I’m going for a brass framed revolver I’m going for Uberti. Otherwise, my Rugers aren’t going on GunBroker anytime soon.

    • In my experience, the Piettas have fewer defects. The last 1873 Uberti I bought had not been properly tuned, and the cylinder would not lock up. Easy enough to fix, but still it was pretty poor for a brand new gun. I’ve slicked up my Piettas but I haven’t had to do any modifications except for narrowing the locking cam itself to fit properly.

      • My experience consists of one example, so YMMV. Beretta bought the company in 2000 and spent a bunch of money modernizing production so it’s possible the older models aren’t so great.

  8. I like the rear view a lot more than the front view, not a fan of that hanging-out-in-space ejector rod, same as all y’all.

  9. This could be interesting. Show me one in .44 Spl. and you will have my full attention.

    • 44 special was hard to find back in the 90’s I’d imagine even harder to find now.
      One screw in the back strap and the front of it looks like its perched on a pedestal. I’m guessing heavy use with .357Mag will have this revolerolum coming apart.

  10. Kind of intrigued, but man if they were going to go with an old style ejector rod like that it shouldn’t have killed them to do a tapered barrel too.

    • Andrew, I wondered why they didn’t shroud the ejector rod. If nothing else it would have improved the appearance of the revolver. Then again, I have become weary of people complaining about a dollar for a weapon they bet they’re life on. That shrouded ejector rod would probably cost the price of decent lunch. And protect the ejector rod from being bent if the best way to correct an asswipe is to pistol whip him. It’s been known to happen.

  11. Those grips are strikingly ugly. Whatever character the walnut may have had is totally lost with that red stain.

  12. You had me right away at the oldschool H&R-like aesthetic, and you lost me just as quickly at the nigh-$1,000 MSRP.

  13. So glad you can out with a revolver.When will they be available in the gun stores.Have some of your lever action rifiles.

    Love them.Looking forward to having your revovers.

  14. Love your lever guns. Have some of them.Glad you are making revolvers. Can’t wait to get one. Please let me know when they will be available in the gun stores.

  15. I think that possibly those revolvers may become collectors items. They are so butt ugly they will not be in production very long. No way at that MSRP.

  16. I don’t understand why they’d jump into the revolvers – it’s like introducing yet another polymer striker fired compact 9mm. If a market already exists, you need to beat the existing competition on features, cost, and/or quality. What does this have to offer vs Colt, S&W, Ruger, Taurus, etc? I don’t think a brass lower frame is going to be enough unless the buyers are fanboys.


  18. I’m surprised it’s not in .327 federal magnum. Maybe latter perhaps.
    Interesting though a lever action rifle company is making a handgun now. And a handgun company, bond arms, is now making a lever action rifle. Or will be very soon.

    Mossberg did come out with their first hand gun two years ago.

      • Wow okay. I will assume that they quickly found out, that they were much better at producing long guns than handguns. That Smith and Wesson competition was pretty tough back in the day.

  19. And the point of this absolutely unnessessary handgun is?
    Other than for the firearms industry to continue to kid the immature American Male with an inferiority complex that he really needs a hand cannon with a really BIG bang to prove his masculinity.
    And of course for the firearms industry which puts profits before life ,limb and continuing mayhem, to make even MORE money and profits to keep half the Elected Members of the USA Administration sweet and in their pockets.
    Wake up America! it’s got NOTHING to do with self defence or repelling imaginary enemies. It’s got eVERYTHING to do with making money out of DEATH and DESTRUCTION and with some really,really,really good marketing.
    USE the DEATHS of MORE SCHOOLKIDS to SELL even MORE unnessessary firearms. THAT’S THE TICKET -ANY PUBLICITY is GOOD PUBLICITY -EVEN ELFIN ”BAD” Publicity and nobody in the whole wide world uses it better than the American Firearms Industy.

    • The fact that a fascist like you is aghast at us being armed is all we need to arm up even more. When evil would disarm you it is time to gun up.

    • Albert J. Hall

      I’m sure you got your willy chained up like Prince Albert to prevent negligent discharges right? I mean unsecured it’s a dangerous appendage, one some within the population use to commit rape, maybe you should just cut it off to forestall you ever using it in a criminal manner.

      Sure we need new models of all types of firearms, the more the better, competition breeds innovation after all how else will we be able to repel and render harmless totalitarians like yourself who seek to oppress us and deny us our right to life, liberty, and happiness.

      Now take your whining elsewhere, I suggest calling/emailing the diminutive rear-in-air Sadiq Khan, he might like to hear your views on the rampant knife crime committed by the crimmigrants crossing the Channel and making London and your entire nation a s*ithole country.

  20. Oddly it seems to have some similarities to one of the Winchester revolvers , although ugly maybe pretty comfortable, but not for that many$

  21. That’s a lot of money for what looks like a copy of a Charter Arms revolver from the 80’s. They must have snagged the old revolver designs when they got the ar-7. Add a brass grip frame and the Henry name equals nearly a grand.

  22. I’d buy one at a Taurus price . Glad to see another American made product but ain’t paying that much for ugly when I can just look in a mirror !

  23. Too bad Henry doesn’t listen to the consumer. Already have a .357 revolver that impresses me more than theirs. I have been looking for a .357 lever action rifle for three years and there are none to be found. Thanks for nothing, Henry. I am not impressed.

  24. There’s no scarcity of good wheelguns out there for less than the price point. Are they banking on the name selling it? I’m not sure how transferable that is from a lever action to a revolver.

  25. I think these revolvers look great! I always wanted someone to make a new, reliable, honest to goodness double action birdshead M1977 Thunderer, and while this isn’t a reproduction (having the practicality of a swing out cylinder and ejector) it’s close enough for me! And I’m really liking the brass grip frame.

  26. Fugly revolvers. Look like an old H&R had drunken sex with a first generation Charter Arms.

    If they were going for a ‘historical look’ in a companion piece for one of their lever actions they failed miserably. A Single Action Colt or Schofield clone would probably have been better received even by the Cult of Henry followers…but of course both have already been done and done very well by different Italian makers.

    Yes, I know there were Double Action revolvers in the Old West…but I don’t think any of them had brass back straps and trigger guards. Honestly, the whole fixation with brass is sort of ‘a Henry thing’…but unless it’s an absolutely historically accurate reproduction of a gun that was made with brass, it just comes off like a rapper’s obsession with bling…yeh yeh, yeh, Henry be pimping dat (br)ass to all you cult members who think dat look good. I mean- seriously-???

    And if Henry is trying to appeal to a ‘crossover market’ of buyers who are just looking for a good DA revolver for defense, I doubt this will appeal because
    (1) again, with the brass
    (2) cost point compared to a Ruger, S&W or Charter Arms…or even a Taurus none of which have cheesy brass and all of which have shrouded ejector rods.

    The Ruger and S&W come in with an MSRP for comparable, full sized guns at or below the MSRP for these Henry offerings…while Charter Arms and Taurus are about half. Plus, with so many of those four makers’ guns on the secondary market, there are lots of opportunities for someone to get a good, proven gun

    Any LGS sales rep who I see extolling the virtues of one of these fugly Henrys to a new, first time gun buyer vs. a Ruger SP101 or a Charter Arms Mag Pull needs his butt kicked.

  27. I’ve read all manner of “should have been” this and that, and complaints about the high price. Frankly, what matters is what this IS, and I am rather taken by the looks, similar to Colt’s Lawman series with a particularly handsome round butt design. The high polish and deep blue and the heft, slightly over 2 pounds in a 4″ barrel length simply cries out for heavy magnum loads to shoot. I will own the first one I see offered for sale and will feed it 200 grain slugs cast of #2 Alloy driven just as fast as they will go. I don’t care a bit about the price point they will enter the market at. What Matters Is They WILL Enter The Market Wherever They Choose, and I hope they do so quickly.

  28. I expected much better. Just like GM, they expend to too many products, then their core product that gained them their name, is neglected and thats to suck as well. This leads to all of it suffering. Truly disappointed.

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