Is This Henry’s Best Looking Rifle Yet?

The Henry American Eagle rifle dons a unique new finish, and the results are incredible.

How do you pay homage to the National Bird of America with a truly unique firearm design?

The new American Eagle from Henry Repeating Arms does it with style and patriotism in a classic design. The dedicated crew at Henry has easily set another precedent with this one.

The lever action in .22 S/L/LR is built on the Golden Boy platform and has an impressive wood finish used for the first time on a Henry rifle. The American walnut takes on an ivory look after layers of primer and color are added and sanded in between. The natural wood grain is highlighted in a never-before seen way.

The styling of the stock doesn’t stop at the ivory color. Its deep engraving is among the most intricate and detailed you’ll ever see, and depicts the American bald eagle in all its grandeur.

The buttstock features aggressive checkering that winds its way into a leafy vine and surrounding the head of the eagle. The words “American Eagle” are engraved in a beautiful script, letting anyone who sees it know what the gun’s all about. The forearm is also deeply checkered and features the name “Henry” to finish off the design.

A nickel-plated receiver cover, buttplate, and barrel band give the .22 a bright and shiny accent. The blued 20″ octagonal barrel may not seem like it would go along with the style, but the contrast is actually pretty eye-pleasing.

Of course, it’s not all for show. The American Eagle features a fully-adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sight with a brass bead front sight, and will likely surprise a shooter who’s unfamiliar with the accuracy and smoothness that Henry’s known for. It’s a great rifle for target shooting, passing down to younger generations, or even hunting.

The American Eagle has a capacity of 16 LR and 21 S cartridges, and weighs in at 6.75 pounds. It’s drilled and tapped for mounting a scope, if that’s your desire.

This is the type of gun you know is going to stand out no matter what else is in your gun rack. Photos, even of the highest resolution, don’t do the ivory-colored finish or the detailed engraving justice. The American Eagle is a gun you’ve got to hold in your hands and shoot to fully appreciate.

That’s easier than ever, with Henry’s presence in a ton of dealer collections across the country. They’re popular for good reason, and most reputable gun stores known that a Henry on their shelf means something pretty important.

When you make your guns in America and honor your home as well as Henry does, you’re doing something sustainable.

Find out more on the American Eagle and the rest of Henry’s lineup at


  1. avatar GunnyGene says:

    $950 MSRP. There is no word from Henry whether this will be a limited run or not. That will make a difference to collectors, and street price.

    1. avatar Jeremy D. says:

      Considering Henry wrote this post I would venture to guess they don’t want you to know how many they will make

    2. avatar Bill says:

      At $950 i hope its a collector’s gun.

  2. avatar Jedi Wombat says:

    Engraving and all looks nice, the eagle looks like a 10 year old drew it. It may look better on a big screen, but on my phone the eagle looks kind of janky.

    1. avatar GunnyGene says:

      I agree about the Eagle head. Looks like it has a afro hairdo. Better pics at the Henry site.

      1. avatar Forward Assist says:

        My first thought was an eagle head shape carved into the stock by a artistically challenged frontiersman using a dull Bowie knife.

        Sorry Henry. You get a C for effort.

        1. avatar C Ring says:

          Well it’s certainly not a Bald Eagle or Golden Eagle. And since the “American Eagle” does not exist, the carving can look like anything Henry wants. Even that abomination.

          Just a suggestion but Henry might want to hire an ornithologist next time to help their graphics department avoid such artistic transgressions in the future.

        2. avatar GunnyGene says:

          If it had been my decision, I’d have simply embedded a couple nice Morgan dollars in the butt stock. Obverse on one side, Reverse on the other.

        3. avatar N95 says:

          Easily do-able given the thankfully limited run of these rifles.

        4. avatar Wayne Fisher says:

          Looks more like a turkey head than an eagle.

      2. avatar Kenneth says:

        Doesn’t this remind you of the old Daisy “Red Ryder” BB gun in style and childishness? Minus the little fringe, OFC.

    2. avatar bontai Joe says:

      It also looks “janky” on my 23″ monitor.

  3. avatar Victoria Illinois says:

    I’m not sure if it’s really ugly or really cool. I do like all their other stuff.

  4. avatar Silentbrick says:

    Way too much bling.

    1. avatar Sean G./The Rookie says:

      I agree. Over the top.

    2. avatar Craig in IA says:

      Yeah- looks like a pimp’s gun…

      1. avatar edward kenway's ghost says:

        Especially when it’s a .22LR. No thanks.
        A classic Henry rifle in .44-40, nickel receiver, and 4140 steel octagonal barrel without the art would’ve been better, but that’s my opinion.

  5. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Too much sugar for a dime.

  6. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    I would have to say Henry’s most historically accurate rifle is their Henry rifle. As a CAS competitor I’ll always have a thing about the Henry rifle company as they lied to CAS shooters,when they in their adds said that Henry rifles were SASS approved,SASS approval didn’t come for another 8 years.
    Folks purchased their rifles for use in SASS,only to discover that they could not be used in any SASS event above club level and even some clubs disallowed their use.

    1. avatar barnbwt says:

      First world problems.

      1. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

        Unless you were one of the folks that read the adds and thought them truthful and ended up holding the Henry bag.

  7. avatar Swarf says:

    No. Next question.

  8. avatar none says:

    i clicked around a bunch in case this was an april fools, and it doesn’t appear to be (which is cool!). Not that I can afford it….

  9. avatar Porridgeweasel says:

    I love Henry rifles but I cannot buy that. It is the Liberace of Henry Rifles for me.

    1. avatar Ed Schrade says:

      Agree, it’s overdone. It’s overpriced also, just like the rest of their rifles.

  10. avatar rtw1951 says:

    Gun porn.

  11. avatar Rick Hess says:

    I see nothing redeeming about that thing. The worst is the eagle, they definitely need to go back to the drawing board on that. Hell, I can’t draw and I could do that “well”. The nicest thing I can say about the stock coloration is it’s weird.

    1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

      “The worst is the eagle…”

      Yeah. If that “depicts the American bald eagle in all its grandeur” we have a *serious* problem.

      It’s repulsive. It looks like a bored child with zero talent drew it…

      1. avatar EnDangerEd says:

        Please read again, it says “American Eagle”, since there is no such “named” bird (in my limited ornithological knowledge) they can make it look any way they want. Even if it looks like a crayon drawing. Like the suggestion for embedding the Morgan dollars, obverse and reverse. That would have looked great.

  12. avatar son of alan says:

    To me this is butt ugly. Probably on the same level as Sadam’s gold platted AK.

  13. avatar Cea says:


  14. avatar hellofromillinois says:

    That thing is hideous.

  15. avatar burley says:

    prolly not…

  16. avatar Fred says:

    In a word….Fugly.

  17. avatar Matt says:

    Definitely a nice collector piece… JUST THE WAY IT IS….;)

  18. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

    I wouldn’t send a dime to New Jersey even if I liked this rifle. The Imperatos are creatures of NY and NJ. Not saying they are bad people, I have no idea other than that SASS issue. I just don’t want to support the NJ government in anyway, even a little. I realize that I have bought guns from Lollar Germany and Herstal Belgium but I have little idea what those places are like and they seem less real to me. I have been to NJ. Yeah, I know, I am an anti-NJ bigot. I do not advocate that others do the same, it is just a quirk of mine. I am aware the a large chunk of their production takes place in WI.

    1. avatar bontai Joe says:

      No hard feelings from me. I escaped NJ in the dark of a moonless night, swimming the Delaware River with a knife clenched in my teeth avoiding the bridge trolls. My ancestors lived in NJ all the way back when it was a British Colony. If they could see it now, I am sure they would have regretted fighting for freedom in the Revolution.

    2. avatar EnDangerEd says:

      We’re glad to have them “up North”. If the leave we’ll still have a bunch of folks that can make’em from scratch and that’s always a good thing to have. Cuz ya never know what’s gonna happen next. Right?

  19. avatar RidgeRunner says:

    Answer to this headline: “No. Too busy.”
    I love the look of most Henrys, I almost bought a Henry in 45-70 Gubmint all-weather, but decided to add to my Marlin collection. Price and that pesky loading tube swayed me, and I’d heard Marlin has it back on point, manufacturing-wise.I bought the Trapper SBL, stainless, black stock, skinner peeps serve my eyes better than any iron sights I own, it’s one of those that is where you want it to be when you bring it to bear, I LOVE it. But DAMN it kicks like a mule. I am so not recoil-aversive, and recoil doesn’t matter in the moment of truth in the woods, like this weekend when I busted those two big gobblers with my Mossie 835 packing 3 1/2″ #5s. Living hell to practice/sight in/pattern, but you never think of that when that longboard’s whacking my decoy.
    One time at band camp…..

  20. avatar GS650G says:

    I’m not a fan of decorated guns. Pictures, sayings, gold inlay, etc are expensive and do nothing for the guns operation.

  21. avatar Mark N. says:

    Hard pass. Ugly ugly ugly.

  22. avatar Rocky says:

    A plain Henry with an octagonal barrel is about as good looking as a firearm can get. All that nonsense is a massive detraction from it’s beauty. It looks like it was designed by Saddam, or Donald. Their taste is very similar.

  23. avatar Kendahl says:

    No, Nothing looks better than blued or stainless steel, brass and wood.

    1. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

      ‘Cept maybe add some color case hardening and ivory.

  24. avatar possum says:

    If you want a fancy looking lever .22 with cap gunm guts buy a Henry.

    1. avatar rtw1951 says:

      Mad cow?

  25. avatar LeadKisses says:

    I’m down for the stock but the eagle looks like it is wearing a turtle neck.

  26. avatar Minuteman says:

    😳 They hired a 10 year old to draw the Eagle? My hats off to them for asking if we like it. I would say it will be a very limited, limited addition.

  27. avatar AZgunner says:

    I love the look of most Henry Rifles. This, however, is unconscionably ugly.

  28. avatar GlockMeAmadeus says:

    Black furniture, high capacity, white nationalist engravings.

    This weapon of war does not pass the Beato test and is NOT approved by the Democrat partyers.

    Eric Swalwell will crash a Bearcat thru your door if you have one of these implements of destruction.

  29. avatar GREGORY KNOX says:

    Well, Henry gets the “UGLIEST RIFLE AWARD” for 2019. $950 is a dream in someone’s demented mind. The only way it’s worth that if they make 5 of them and take them off the market bringing value by hard to find.

    I love my other Henry’s but they’d be embarrassed to be next to this rifle.

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