Henry Repeating Arms Issues Safety Warning and Recall Notice of Henry Single Shot Rifles and Shotguns

Henry single shot rifle shotgun recall

Courtesy Henry

From Henry:

Henry Repeating Arms Company announced that it is voluntarily recalling all H015-series Single Shot Rifles and Single Shot Shotguns manufactured prior to July 1, 2020. Henry has recently discovered a potential safety issue wherein, under certain conditions, it is possible that some of these models may discharge without the trigger being pulled if the hammer is partially cocked and released.

To prevent the possibility of death or serious personal injury, you should immediately stop using all H015-series Single Shot Rifles and Single Shot Shotguns and not load or fire them until they have been upgraded.

The safety issue leading to this voluntary recall was discovered internally while testing the existing fire control system for a trigger pull upgrade. This is the first product safety recall in the company’s nearly 25-year history.

Although not every Henry H015-series firearm may be affected, Henry Repeating Arms is requesting that all Single Shot Rifles and Single Shot Shotguns be returned to be upgraded free of charge pursuant to this recall to prevent the possibility of the firearm discharging without the trigger being pulled. All H015 owners should visit the Henry H015 Recall website at HenryUSA.com/recall, email [email protected], or call 1-866-200-2354 (M-F, 9AM ET-5PM ET) to obtain additional information and begin the upgrade process.

Henry Repeating Arms will upgrade all returned Single Shot Rifles and Single Shot Shotguns in the order in which they are received. Henry Repeating Arms is ready to begin performing the upgrade as the firearms are received.

Information on the current turnaround time for firearms returned to be upgraded will be provided at HenryUSA.com/recall. Henry Repeating Arms will make every effort to minimize the amount of time required to upgrade and return your firearm. As a sign of appreciation to its customers, Henry Repeating Arms will also perform an unrelated performance upgrade to improve the trigger pull on all firearms returned pursuant to this recall free of charge.


  1. avatar jwm says:

    Any company can make a product that has problems. How that company deals with that problem says a lot about the company.

    The Henry handling of the problem is miles ahead of Remingtons handling of the death trigger on the 700 series.

    The only thing I don’t like about the Henry lever guns is the shiny brass frame. I like a more subdued looking firearm.

    1. avatar Red says:

      They have ones in subdued steel. You don’t have to get the shiny brass receiver. There are options!

    2. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

      silver, blue, case hardened.

    3. avatar Victoria Illinois says:

      I agree and I also prefer nothing shiny. Looks cheap.
      Same with the shiny wooden stocks.
      Also, ditto for shiny patent leather shoes… (unless you’re in marching band.)

  2. avatar enuf says:

    Absolutely every comment I have ever read or heard about Henry has been positive and often glowing praise. They found a problem and are moving swiftly to correct it. Note the date, guns made before July 1, 2020. They aren’t doing that Remington thing where you spin up the public relations machine and deny deny deny until you can no longer get away with denying. Henry is on it, swiftly and doing the right thing.

    Always impressed with this company.

  3. avatar jwtaylor says:

    I got this email, and wanted to see what the return process was. I don’t have a defective firearm, but I just wanted to see how they would do it.
    I called the recall number listed in the email, the same as the one above. They register you and email you a prepaid shipping label. They cover return shipping as well. They were not able to give me an estimate on return time, but it’s nice to see that they did this with no cost to the consumer.
    if I had one of these guns, and I have been looking at them, I’d certainly send it in. If nothing else I get a free trigger job out of it.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      How do their single shot rifles compare to a Ruger no. 1? Have you used either? Henry has a good rep. But the Ruger is a solid rifle. At least the ones I’ve used are.

      1. avatar jwtaylor says:

        I own 3 Ruger No.1’s and no Henry single shots. Haven’t shot the Henry single shots yet.

        The Ruger’s are a great platform, but very inconsistent as for accuracy. Some are great shooters, some not so much. Never figured out why or what to look for.

        1. avatar Duke says:

          Remove the fore end off of your #1 and set the back of it down on a flat surface on some fine sandpaper. Use a circular motion to keep any removal of wood even and flat. Remove just enough that when you replace it on the hander assembly, the back of the fore end does not touch the receiver. What may be happening to you is there is uneven pressure on the fore end which is pushing against one side of the barrel and when it heats up at all, those impacts start moving. Went from decent but sometimes unexplained flyers to 5 shots in under 1/2″. Elmer Keith wrote about this early in the life of the Ruger #1.

        2. avatar Specialist38 says:

          I have an old article by Ross Seyfreid where he installed a shim under the barrel hanger to eliminate the fore end from pressing on the barrel.

          I have shot a couple done by a Smith in Alabama (McCullogh?). The owner said it made a world of difference. I’m not a benchrest shooter so I really wouldnt know.

          The #3 I owned was way more accurate than me in its stock form. Glad 3 shot groups are the norm. I may have started crying by the fourth round from the bench.

      2. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

        Henry is not as nice as the #1. Trigger for sure wasn’t as good on examples I have shot. The Henry is better than a H&R and the CVA single shot. The CVA’s are super stiff from the factory but I haven’t shot one that wasn’t new. H&R’s are utilitarian and thats what I think Henry was going for when they released the single shot. I believe Big Green (think they were still being run by Cerebus capitol at the time but can’t remember) really opened a void in the market by shutting down the H&R line.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          I have 2 of the H&R shotguns in my safe. Just because. They can be a good beginners gun and at least once a year I will do a rabbit or squirrel hunt with one just to honor my childhood memories.

        2. avatar Rev. Philip E. Evans says:

          I like Henry’s for quality, but at the time H&R had what I was looking for. I have the little .410 “Snake Tamer” shotgun for riding on the tractor on the farm. I also have the .357 Mag Single Shot rifle which will chamber .360 Dan Wesson. I use this often for testing new loads.

  4. avatar Blackspike2710 says:

    They charge obscene prices for these single shot rifles and they can’t be bothered to get the safety’s right?

    1. avatar enuf says:

      That is not Henry’s hard earned reputation. Obviously they tried to get it right as they have gotten so very much right for years. Something went wrong and they are showing themselves to be responsible, paying both ends of the shipping and doing right by the gun owner.

      Yeah, they are expensive, but many obviously find their guns to be worth the price.

    2. avatar Ed Schrade says:

      My opinion is they have been over priced and over rated.

      1. avatar CGinTX says:

        I love my Henry’s. All 4 of them. Terrific firearms, look great, and worth every penny…to me. Which is cool: you do for you, and I’ll do for me. Gotta love the free market.

      2. avatar kahlil says:

        I can only speak for the big bore lever actions, but my experience as been stellar with Henry – out of the box the fit and finish is miles beyond my Marlin and it is just a joy to use. I firmly regret getting the Marlin and wished I had gotten another Henry instead.

        1. avatar Dave G. says:

          Henry Big Boy Steel Carbine in .44 magnum. Love it! Only, I wish it had the side-gate loading feature, so I didn’t have to upend it for loading at the range.

  5. avatar Anon says:

    Black spike 2810. No one asked YOU to buy one. HRA is a solid company!

  6. avatar Mike V says:

    I’m sure they’ll do right be everyone and all. But seriously, it’s 2020, how do you screw up a single shot rifle/shotgun. Faulty parts?

  7. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    i’d wager that it’s a difficult to reproduce condition. good on them for finding it, exposing themselves to possible fabricated liability while preventing actual tragedy.
    if i had one i’d leave it alone until i heard that the trigger improvement is worthwhile.

  8. avatar 9x39 says:

    Oh noez, I’m sure Biden is sooooo heartbroken.


    On a serious note, human fallibility is ever, still, again a trait of humans. News @ 11. I like that they are quick stepping to rectify the situation, covering the costs in their entirety, and not in extended PR driven denial a la certain other manufacturers. *cough, cough*

    Now, if they’d just make something in the product lineup that interests me, I’d buy.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      What I would like is for a quality company to make a survival gun. Portable, foldable, all metal stack barrel in rimfire and shotgun.

      When Savage brought out their updated version a few years back I was there cash in hand. Only to walk away. It felt cheap and flimsy.

      1. avatar 9x39 says:

        No doubt. Even still, I kind of die inside a bit when the SR-7 is mentioned. Never fired one, but I am certain if it’s like any other Henry, it’s a quality piece. Issue I have is “survival”. In .22 LR?

        While black bears aren’t exceeding common here, we have one that’s set it’s claim just OTP of my neighborhood. I live on the edge, and 30 yds. behind my fence line is it’s favored watering hole, a 3/4 acre pond. We had a rabid Bobcat killed here last year, and gator’s are thick just off my back doorstep.

        Saw a 12-13 footer just yesterday morning, and hatchling calls are starting to pick up again, along with mating grunts. A combo deal that makes for some rather ornery attitudes. It’s pretty lively & loud after 0200 around here. Feral hog pop’s are immense ’round this piece too, 300 # and higher are regularly taken nearby. Point being, .22 LR is pretty useless if you have to survive against most of that. No walnut shots on a charging ‘gator or one bursting out of the murky duckweed covered waterline, except by the very sheerest of luck.

        Perhaps they’re focused on survival in L.A. or NYC, cuz it sure ain’t here. :p

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Dayum. Your survival gun should be mounted in an A10.

        2. avatar 9x39 says:

          I’ve got a braked 12 for a brush gun, alternating HV 00 & slugs. Kinda looks like an ack-ack installation. That count? LMAO.

    2. avatar trollhunter says:

      I agree. As an ffl 07 sot 02, I handle a LOT of guns. Henry has better than average factory NIB quality. Unfortunately, they do not manufacture anything I would care to own.

      1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

        handgun coming (insider rumor).

  9. avatar Kapeltam says:

    Bought one for my dad earlier this year. I’ll have to inform him. Good on Henry making it right.

  10. avatar FedUp says:

    H&R/NEF had transfer bar safeties long before I saw Henry selling these things.
    If the gun won’t fire without a transfer bar moved into place by a trigger pull, the safety issue described here cannot be an issue.

    Did Henry decide that it was more historically accurate without the transfer bar?
    Did Henry decide that trigger feel was better without a transfer bar?

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Probably traditional and a way to reduce costs.

      They also left off ejectors in favor of extractors only.

      Very simple firearms call for very simple handling protocols.

      Dont carry it around with the action closed and have it pointed toward the target when you cock it.

  11. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Having a rebounding hammer as your safety means the gun can off if the hammer is hit or you drop it as you start to cock it.

    Always has….always will.

  12. avatar enuf says:

    I’ve seen write-ups from across the pond (no, not that one, the other pond) on Australian lever action shotguns. Some real interesting 12 gauge boomstick designing in Kangaroo Land.

    Henry has their .410 lever guns, now they need to follow suit for the full size smooth bores like has been done Down Under. Need 12 gauge obviously, but a 10 gauge would really rock!

    C’mon Henry! Don’t let them Aussies beat you on lever gun smoothies!!!

    You can do it!!!

    I can’t afford it ….


    1. avatar kahlil says:

      yeah, I’d love a 10 gauge lever action. That would be a serious thumper right there.

      1. avatar enuf says:

        Just searched some for lever shotguns offered in Australia. So far I find only MADE IN TURKEY guns, which I wouldn’t buy. But I recall reading of some MADE IN AUSTRALIA designs too, there were YouTubes of them last year.

        Would like to see those licensed to Henry or Henry design their own, make here in the USA.

        Well, least ways in New Jersey, which at least borders the USA.

        1. avatar Specialist38 says:

          I think the only one is the Adler….which is made in Turkey.

          I suppose if there are assembled and proofed in Oz, then it would be made in Australia.

          For years Manuhrin built all the pieces for Walther PPs and PPKs. They sent the parts to Germany for assembly and proofing and Voila! Made in Germany.

      2. avatar Specialist38 says:

        Find you a Winchester 1887 lever. Only one I’m aware of.

        Maybe FN could have Miroku manufacture one with the Winchester marque.

        I’d buy one in 12 or 20, even if it’s not a great design for defense (loading).

  13. avatar James Wilkie says:

    The waaaaay too heavy hammer spring is the cause of the terrible trigger pull.
    So is the cause of the “slip hammer” discharge.
    No wonder they are fixing both problems at once.

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