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Survival Gun of the Week, the Henry U.S. Survival Rifle

Henry Survival rifle packed in the buttstock

If you hear banjos on your next canoe trip, you won’t need to paddle faster if you have the Henry U.S. Survival rifle with you. Designed by the legendary Eugene Stoner, the Henry U.S. Survival rifle is specifically a survival rifle. Originally called the Henry AR-7 it was issued to U.S. Air Force pilots in 1959. Now, backpackers, hikers, campers, and boaters are the targeted market for the Henry U.S. Survival rifle. Though it is not ergonomically the most appealing rifle, chambered for the .22 LR it is still accurate and comfortable enough to pop a critter in the sweet spot for some good eatin’. As far as two-legged critters or zombies are concerned, the .22 LR as a self-defense round is hotly debatable, but if we trust James Bond to kill an assassin with the Henry U.S. Survival rifle in From Russia With Love then the Henry just might get you out of some hairy situations.

Henry U.S. Survival Rifle
Henry U.S. Survival Rifle
The coolest thing about the Henry U.S. Survival rifle is that it breaks down into three different parts that all store away in the plastic buttstock. Once broken down and stored, the entire rifle is 16-1/2-inches long and weighs only 2.5 pounds, so it is easily stored in your backpack, boat, or anywhere else you need to keep it. The stock is waterproof and even floats. Hence, one of the reasons why the U.S. Air Force adopted the rifle. It quickly disassembles and reassembles without tools, so field use is a cinch.

The U.S.-made Henry U.S. Survival AR-7 rifle includes two eight-round magazines that both fit inside the buttstock. If you keep both mags loaded, you’ll be ready with 16 rounds to take down that squirrel, rabbit, or bird that’s gonna be dinner.

One improvement on the modern Henrys is the corrosion-proof barrel, now covered in ABS plastic and coated with Teflon so your rifle can withstand all types of weather situations. Another improvement on the original design of the AR-7 survival rifle is the high visible orange front sight for quick target acquisition.

Will the Henry U.S. Survival Rifle replace your shotgun or your AR-15? No, but it is not asking too. It makes an excellent addition to your gear. Coming in at just under $200, you really have no reason not to own one.

Like it? Want it? Buy it!

Henry U.S. Survival Semi-automatic Rifle Specifications and Features:

  • .22 Long Rifle
  • 16″ barrel
  • 8-round magazine
  • Grooved receiver for standard rimfire scope mounts
  • Adjustable rear sight, blade front sight
  • Black ABS synthetic stock and rubber recoil pad
  • Black Teflon finish
  • 35″ overall length
  • 2.5 lbs unloaded
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Comments (4)

  1. What is the best, that is the most durable, the most powerful, water resistant, shock resistant, scope for the Henry US Survival Rifle?
    Thanks in advance.
    JAS

  2. …and absolutely the worst trigger I have ever felt. Seriously, I own Mosins and I cringe when I shoot one.

    The AR-7 uses expensive, fragile, proprietary magazines and has a 14+ pound crunchy, grating trigger. The bolt handle slides into the bolt for compactness and that makes it tiny and hard to use. There is no bolt hold back even for after the last round. The sights are barely adequate but entirely static so you have a classic Catch-22. In order to know where it shoots you have to shoot it a lot, but the terrible ergonomics makes it such a horror to shoot that you’re not likely to shoot it very often at all. You can put a scope on it but then you have to take the scope off to stow the barrel and receiver in the stock. And then what do you do with the scope?

    It might be okay for its intended purpose (a capital E Emergency like a crashed airplane somewhere in the wilderness) but novelty of a floating stock aside there are much better choices for a compact .22LR including the Ruger 10/22CRR or the Marlin 70PSS.

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