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

This is one of my favorite Back Packers Rifles period!

 the Henry U.S. Survival Rifle

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.


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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