Giving the 1860 Henry lever gun a serious mud test (VIDEOS)

Benjamin Tyler Henry’s Connecticut-made lever-action rifles were used in small quantities by the Union in the Civil War, but how durable were they when they got filthy?

The Henry could swallow 16 .44 Rimfire cartridges in its underbarrel magazine tube and spit them out as fast as you could work the lever. This gave the 1860-era soldier a lot of firepower when compared to an opponent armed with a muzzleloading musket that could only be loaded and fired a few times a minute. So much so that, while the Army itself only bought 1,700 of Mr. Henry’s rifles for the military– eschewing it for the Spencer carbine and others that were thought to be more robust– many Union troopers used their own money to secure a Henry for the conflict.

To test how the Henry stood up to mud and goo, Ian and Karl with In Range TV take a Uberti replica of the Henry in .45 LC and apply aforementioned goop.

And as a directly relative tie-in, they previously covered the 1860 as well.

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