Henry Pump Action Octagon .22 rifle, Model H003T
By Mary and Dr. Jim Clary
little gun brings back so many memories that are both happy and sad.
Sad, because the iconic days of the American Shooting Galleries has
passed into the dust of time. But, happy because I actually was
alive to spend time at the carnivals that featured the
the end of the 1800s and early 1900s, the public was intrigued with
sport/fun shooting. Winchester introduced their Model 62A slide
action .22 and the fun began. Across Europe and the USA, shooting
galleries sprang up, most frequently at carnivals. For a few cents
you could try your luck with the fast shooting Winchester against
moving metal targets, spinning bulls-eyes and wooden blocks.
and Marlin entered the scene with their guns and shooting galleries
flourished, But, alas, by the mid-1960s, the end was in sight. The
anti-gunner folks, zoning law changes and the availability of
inexpensive “shoot-em-up” video games lead to the
demise of this
most wonderful piece of Americana. By the 1980s, the carnival
galleries were gone as was Winchester's slide action pump gun. The
trend was now for fast-shooting semi-automatic and precision bolt
several decades there was no American manufacturer producing a pump
action 22 rifle... until Henry Firearms decided to
the American-made .22 pump gun in 2010. It was believed by the folks
at Henry that the .22 slide-action pump rifle was a traditional
American rifle that needed to be available for those who wanted to
remember the past as well as have a superb shooting gun.
Henry Pump Action Octagon .22 rifle is cleaner and more aesthetically
pleasing than the Winchester Model 62A. That is what one would
expect with over a hundred years to make some subtle improvements. The
rifle features a grooved receiver for mounting a scope, and a
Marbles semi-buckhorn fully adjustable rear sight. And of course,
the furniture is American Walnut, a Henry trademark. If you need to
extract an unfired cartridge from the chamber, there is a grooved
release lever on the right front of the trigger guard. When pressed,
the lever unlocks the forend allowing it to be retracted to eject the
heading to the range to determine the accuracy of the H003T, we
mounted a Vortex
scope. Instead of a bag, we used a Caldwell FCX front rest for
stability. Our targets were set at 50 yards. We determined that
10-shot groups would be a fair and reasonable test of the rifle's
burning through 250 rounds of .22 LR ammo, we measured our groups. The
smallest measured 0.90”, the largest was 1.80” for
spread of 1.25”. It really didn't seem to matter the brand of
ammunition that we fired. The gun cycled flawlessly with all brands
(Aquila, Winchester, CCI, Remington, Federal). Bottom line –
gun is reliable, accurate and fun to shoot.
The specifications for the Henry Pump-Action Rifle:
Note: Complete reviews, including detailed shooting results, of the Henry Golden Boy .17 HMR and Lever Octagon .22 WMR rifles can be found on the Product Reviews page.
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