The names Henry and
Henry Repeating Rifle have echoed through the annals
of the American firearms industry since 1860 and
the Henry name will again take center stage as a
historic rifle created in tribute to B. Tyler Henry
has been selected as the 2014 SHOT Show Auction
The Henry Repeating
Arms Company recently announced that they have begun
production of the Original Henry Rifle design for
the first time in 150 years. One of the first of
these new rifles was set aside by Henry Repeating
Arms to receive very special treatment in honor of
the rifle’s iconic designer, Benjamin Tyler Henry.
That superbly engraved and specially stocked firearm
has been selected as the 2014 SHOT Show rifle.
Henry lever action-repeating rifle was the most
important firearm of its time and went on to become
one of the most legendary American firearms of all
time. Patented in 1860 and used during the Civil
War, the rifle's rapid-fire capability and
high-capacity tubular magazine stood in amazing
contrast to its single-shot musket counterparts.
The Henry rifle
became known as the rifle you could "Load on Sunday
and shoot all week long." After the war, the Henry
rifle headed west and went on to play a significant
role in the homesteading of that great frontier.
Now, the Original
Henry Rifle is back in all its American-made glory.
This Original Henry Rifle is virtually identical to
its history-making forerunner in all aspects, except
caliber. This modern rifle is .44-40 caliber. The
1860 version was .44 Rimfire. The .44 Rimfire was
also invented by B. Tyler Henry, but is now an
obsolete cartridge. Every other facet of this new
Original Henry remains true to its inventor and, in
his honor, each gun's serial number in the new
production will begin with the initials BTH. The
only exception will be this SHOT Show Henry Tribute
rifle, which will feature serial number BTHENRY001.
“The Henry Rifle and its designer, B.
Tyler Henry, are deserving of the most thoughtful
tribute we can create and Henry Repeating Arms is
proud to create this special tribute and make it
available to Henry Rifle enthusiasts,” commented
Anthony Imperato, a 35-year firearms industry
veteran and President of Henry Repeating Arms.
“Often a special firearm like this will end up
locked away in the company vault or in the
collection of the company President,” Imperato said.
“We are tremendously excited that this rifle will be
made available as the 2014 SHOT Show rifle where it
can be viewed and bid on by modern day Henry Rifle
collectors and fans.”
These new Original Henry
Rifles are likely to find many anxious buyers. Only
13,000 of the original Henrys were manufactured in
the 1860s and nice examples have auctioned for more
than $500,000.00. According to the Rock Island
Auction Company, an iron-framed Henry from the 1860s
recently set the record as the most expensive
standard nineteenth century American rifle ever
sold--with an auction price of $603,750.00.
This 2014 SHOT Show Auction Henry
only needs to auction for more than $136,014.00 to
break the SHOT Show Auction record.
The SHOT Show Henry
was hand engraved at Baron Engraving of Trumbull,
CT. Engraving features elaborate scroll and the
likeness of B. Tyler Henry on the right side of the
receiver, a hand engraving of the original Henry
factory on the left side and monogram BTH on the
The artisans at Baron
Engraving have engraved more SHOT Show rifles than
any other manufacturer or engraving company.
“Our Henry rifles
have developed a great reputation for handsome
wood,” commented Imperato. “But I am comfortable in
saying that no rifle has ever left our plant with a
nicer example of select American walnut than this B.
Tyler Henry Tribute.
As a special
addition to this 2014 SHOT Show rifle auction, the
high bidder and a guest will be invited to visit the
Henry Repeating Arms factory in Bayonne, New Jersey,
receive a signed letter of Authenticity during
dinner with Henry President, Anthony Imperato,
receive a special package of Henry collector and
promotional items and have pictures taken with the
rifle and Henry executives. This trip is at the
option of the high bidder and will be scheduled at
the mutual convenience of high bidder and Henry
Repeating Arms executives. Travel expenses are not
The rifle will be displayed at the
SHOT Show in a custom-built walnut display case (see
photo.) This case will also go to the high bidder to
enhance display of this historic rifle at the high
bidder's home or place of business.
The SHOT Show auction
is administered by the Hunting Heritage Trust for
the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). All
proceeds from the auction will benefit programs to
further America’s hunting and shooting sports