Monday, June 6, 2016

My Life as a Shooter: The Henry Pump-Action Rimfire Rifle

You don't see pump-action rifles much these days. They were once a popular repeating action choice in the late 19th and early 20th century, but as the bolt-action and semi-automatic actions achieved dominance (for superior utility over the pump-action) they went away. Now, aside from those made to make a mockery of stupid anti-gun regulations, you only see them in replicas. This Henry model is in that replica mode of recreation of an otherwise obsolete technology.

Sootch here gives a full review of Henry's offering, with his commentary on his experience with it. What he emphasizes here is not only the quality of the construction, but also the sheer fun of having this chambered in the classic critter-gitter .22 Long Rifle cartridge. If you're in a place that fucks with your ability to get or keep a semi-auto like the Marlin 795 or the Ruger 10/22, you value aesthetics, and you don't want a bolt-action or lever-action, consider ones of these for your collection. Hell, I have a Marlin 925 and I want one of these. An afternoon with my friends punching holes in paper or ringing steel with rimfire rifles is great social time.

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