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The historic Henry rifle: Oliver Winchester's famous Civil War repeater Unknown Binding – January 1, 2002


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  • Unknown Binding: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Andrew Mowbray Publishers (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006RYCJW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,681,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wiley Sword is one of the most beloved authors writing about the Civil War today. His many books, including "Shiloh: Bloody April" and "The Confederacy's Last Hurrah", have earned him a well deserved reputation for detailed scholarship that reads like an adventure story. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Hall on March 8, 2007
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This book is for those who want to know the origin of the Henry rifle. It contains a lot of specific detail regarding specific Henry rifles. It is, however, also interesting to read about the difficulty selling the Henry to the military during the Civil War, considering that the semi-automatic repeater was unique. The Henry continues to be produced today as an exceedingly popular rimfire and large bore rifle.

Civil War buffs will also enjoy reading of the Henry's part in that war and speculating as to the effect more widespread use of the Henry repeater would have had.

I own several Henry rifles and cannot speak highly enough of their quality. Henry's are entirely made in the USA, with their stocks of Missouri Walnut. And the company promises they will continue to make them in the USA or not at all. I like that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Askari of Panther Creek on September 5, 2012
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This book is supposed to tell the story of the Henry Rifle, but it is brief and incompletely. On the plus side, it includes some quality color photographs of the original Henry rifle. If the author chose to write a short book on the subject, that is his prerogative, but why tell only part of the story?

The second part of the Henry Rifle story, is the story of a vastly improved rifle that appeared in 1866, 6 years after the original "Henry" was approved for production. While in production, the improved Rifle was just known as "The 66"; the "Henry" name was dropped.

While the model 66 was in production, Oliver Winchester, the majority stock holder of the New Haven Arms Co., became president, and with that, the name of the company was changed to The Winchester Arms Co. At the time, the model 1866 was the only major product line, so he simply named his new rifle, "Winchester".

The original "Henry" Rifle lasted a few years after 1866, but the production life of the new "Winchester" (model 66), ran for much longer.

So we ask, why did the author tell only half of the "Henry" Rifle story? Did he stop there just because Oliver Winchester decided to name the improved rifle "Winchester", instead of The "Henry" model 66?

It would have been nice to read "the rest of the the story", and see great photos of the improved "Henry"!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By F. Puthoff on March 15, 2010
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Honestly, I was expecting a book that gave the history of the famous Henry rifles over an extended period of time. This book focused mostly on the manufacturing and missteps during the Civil War. It seemed like when they had the rifles manufactured and in stock, they couldn't sell them. When they could sell them, they couldn't produce them fast enough and did not have them in stock for shipment. It was almost a comedy/trajedy of errors.
I bought a Henry rifle recently and it is a beautiful piece of work. I bought it because it is proudly "Made in the USA" and is a quality firearm. I'm sick of buying cheap stuff from China and whenever possible I buy American made products. This book cost nearly $30 and it was worth about $15 in my opinion. Once I'd read it, I doubt that I will ever read it again. It was about 100 pages and the final 30 pages were an appendix tracing serial numbers and a few photographs. No offense intended to the author...he seems well informed.
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By HOTROD on July 3, 2014
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A lot of great information in this book. You will learn a lot about the henry rifle
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