The Henry Rifle
The Henry rifle was the progenitor of our present lever-action repeaters the Winchester, Marlin, Savage, Stevens, and some other makes like the Colt and Bullard, now discontinued. In the beginning repeating rifles used rim fire ammunition of very moderate power and range, but gradually these arms were chambered for center fire cartridges of greater strength, and with such charges they began to replace the single-shot for big game shooting. At the time when nitro powder began to supersede the black some very fine black powder cartridges were made for these rifles, and the arms were thought to be as good as anything that would ever be required for big game. However, the charcoal powders have seen their day, and possibly the style of rifle that used them will presently disappear.
The single-shot and lever-action repeaters will be treated more at length under their proper heading, for they still retain all their old time popularity for certain purposes. Some of the models, like the Sharps, Ballard, Remington, Maynard, Springfield, .45, Bullard, and Colts have become obsolete, however, and will require little further mention. The "Old" Springfield, by the way, was an arm differing in mechanism from anything that preceded or followed it, a weapon capable of splendid service, as witness many "good" Indians buried all over the Western plains. It was replaced by the Krag-Jorgensen, previous to the Spanish-American war, though the National Guard were still armed with it up to the beginning of this century.
Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.
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