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The Henry AR-7 is a fun little .22 rifle that I happened to win some time ago in one of Rourke’s writing contests at ModernSurvivalOnline.com. Since then I’ve had opportunity to use it several times and have been very happy with it.If you’re unaware, this particular rifle is perfect for a bug out bag because it disassembles and stows conveniently in the stock. According to the Henry website: “Like the original Henry US Survival Rifle, our latest take on this innovative, semi-automatic rifle is lightweight (just 3.5 lbs) and highly portable. At just 16 ½” long (when all the components are stowed), it fits easily into the cargo area of a plane or boat or in a backpack. And because it’s chambered in .22LR you can carry a large quantity of ammunition, without adding much weight to your gear.”
Assembly and dis-assembly takes only a minute at best. Simply remove the components, attach the receiver to the stock using a barrel nut, then screw down the barrel nut and you’re set… you can’t get it wrong. Strangely, the biggest problem I’ve had with it is that the stock cap is sometimes difficult to remove because it fits very tightly; I would say that this is probably a good thing in order to reduce water intrusion. In fact, I’ve been racking my brain trying to think if I ever had it fail and I can’t think of one time… and I don’t even use good quality ammo!
While I got mine free, it’s hard to beat the price considering it’s so compact, lightweight, and seemingly durable, in part, because it’s made from a very durable ABS plastic. Their website states: ”The Henry U.S. Survival AR-7 comes standard with a sturdy steel barrel covered in tough ABS plastic and then coated with Teflon for complete protection against corrosion… Like the barrel, the receiver is also coated with a layer of waterproof Teflon for superior weatherproofing, waterproof protection, even in harsh salt water environments.”
There’s not much else to it. The rifle comes standard with two magazines from the factory that also fit nicely into the stock. I think you can get larger capacity mags but never looked into it. The sights can be adjusted, though, I never bothered to do so because it shot well for me right from the start.
What about accuracy? I was hitting my targets quite well at usually 50 yards without any problems. The only time my accuracy went haywire was when I tried to add a scope to it… still not sure why that’s all screwed up but probably has to do with my mounting of the scope.
Here’s a video by Sootch00 about the Henry rifle so that you can get a better idea of what it looks like and functions. In it I think he says the rifle weighs 2.5 pounds but the newer ones are 3.5 pounds and look slightly different than the one he reviews, otherwise, it’s the same rifle:
In my opinion, it’s hard to go wrong with this simple rifle. Whether for bug out or just plain fun it’s nice little rifle and does what I expect without giving me any fuss. I couldn’t have asked for more.
- 7 Must-Have Items in a Bugout Bag (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)