Henry Repeating Arms Donates Serial #1 and Henry from 1865 to NRA Auction

BAYONNE, NJ – Henry Repeating Arms has donated a legendary Henry lever-action rifle from 1865 and serial number one of their new Original Henry rifle line to be auctioned together at the National NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction on Thursday, April 24 in Indianapolis. The auction will benefit The NRA Foundation, America’s leading charitable organization in support of the organizations and programs that ensure the legacy of hunting and the shooting sports. It will kick off the 2014 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits.

The two-gun set includes the well-worn Model 1860 Henry, serial number 8261 manufactured in 1865, used to reverse-engineer Benjamin Tyler Henry’s classic design and develop the tooling for the new Original Henry Rifle line. Completing the pair is the Original Henry Deluxe Engraved serial number BTH0001, the first Henry produced in nearly 150 years. The new hardened brass-framed .44-40-cal. rifle’s receiver has been hand-engraved by the artisans at Baron Engraving of Trumbull, CT, featuring period style engraving. Additionally, the rifle sports a one-piece 24 ½” octagonal barrel/tubular feed, a genuine American fancy walnut buttstock, and a classic folding ladder rear sight paired with a traditional blade front sight. The auction items will include a certificate of authenticity provided by Henry Repeating Arms.

“My family has been in the firearms business since 1911. The NRA has been by our side since Day One,” said Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms. “We are eternally grateful to the NRA for defending our Second Amendment rights, for upholding the traditions of hunting and the shooting sports, and for their tireless efforts to promote firearms safety. Our donation of this outstanding pair of Henry rifles is a small token of our appreciation.”

Recent auctions of the new Original Henry Rifle yielded $85,000 for the USA Olympic Shooting Team and $50,825 for the Hunting Heritage Foundation.

Bidding for the set went live online at GunBroker.com on March 17, 2014. If you are interested in bidding on these firearms visit gunbroker.com or contact the NRA’s special events coordinator Katie Parkes at (703) 267-1417 or[email protected]. Learn more about the auction at www.friendsofnra.org/annualmeeting.

“Henry’s generous support over the last two decades has been vital to The NRA Foundation’s success at its national events,” said John DaSilva, National Manager of Events and Marketing.  “We are honored to have the opportunity to auction these historically rich Henry rifles at this year’s NRA Foundation Banquet and raise money for the next generation of shooting sports enthusiasts.”


  1. Yowzers, that is quite a donation!!!

  2. avatar Charles5 says:

    My wife is just going to be devastated when I tell her we have to sell everything we own.

    1. avatar Gunr says:

      And also draw out your life savings!

      1. avatar Daniel Silverman says:

        Sell the kids, and start working at night as Magic Mike lol

  3. avatar GSRpositive says:

    Yikes. I can’t even afford an Original Henry at the regular pricing right now.

  4. avatar Martin says:

    Where would I put that rifle after I sell my house to afford it

    1. avatar Gunr says:

      In my safe.

  5. avatar H.R. says:

    I don’t care who you are… Henry rifles are cool!

    1. avatar Ing says:

      I don’t care who you are, either. And yes, Henry rifles are cool.

  6. avatar Yvan91 says:

    Beautiful looking rifle.

    1. avatar Gene says:

      It certainly is.

  7. avatar Sammy says:

    Many thank yous to Henry Repeating Arms.

  8. avatar Tommy Knocker says:

    Thank the Lord the good people of New York have been protected from these weapons of war. Only military and po-po should have these deadly child killers. How can any responsible business owner sell such horrible instruments of death and carnage? They should be forced to weld closed those tubular magazines that hold more than 7 bullets.

  9. avatar Ed Sallow, AZ says:

    Suddenly can’t stop thinking about Lincoln..

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Lincoln was instrumental in getting the old fogies at the army to adopt the Spencer repeater. I don’t remember hearing of his involvement with the Henry.

  10. avatar The Stig says:

    Too bad they’re using Gunbroker. I wont touch that site after I tried to change my email to another non-free email address and they locked my account requesting that I send them a copy of my driver’s license, a utility bill, my last five years of federal tax returns and full length front and back nude photos from when I was 18.

    1. Did this happen during that week you decided to stop taking your meds?

      ; )

  11. avatar Jumbie says:

    I’m having a Fallout 3 video game flahsback.

    I wonder how much the prominent role of this rifle in that hit game contributed to it being brought back?

    1. avatar Chuck in IL says:

      Hmmm, none?

    2. avatar Steve in MD says:

      Oddly enough, that game actually made me want one. There was only one lever gun though. Unless you got the expansion.

  12. avatar Bob in Washington says:

    Fantastic rifles. I love to handle and shoot my Golden Boy .22. Shoots smooth as butter.

  13. avatar cam says:

    Umm I think uberti has been making replicas of this for years so this isn’t really the first in 150 years

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