Return of the Lever Action Shotgun? Henry Rifles will offer a Lever Action Shotgun in 2017

Henry Repeating Arms will start sales of a .410 caliber lever action shotgun in January 2017.

They’ve recently released a video on their YouTube channel, where president of the company Anthony Imperato talks about the entire Henry product line including some new guns. Among the new products there is a lever action shotgun chambered in .410 bore.

They’ve designed it based on huge customer request. The gun will have two barrel length options and they will manufacture it in their facility in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

Earlier Winchester, Rossi and Marlin had .410 lever action shotgun offerings, but all of them are now discontinued. So that niche market became empty and Henry Repeating Arms saw the opportunity and took it.

Other than the video there is no information available yet. It’d be interesting to know if they’ll make it smoothbore or rifled with .45 Long Colt compatibility. If Henry doesn’t reveal any details by the end of the year, then they’ll probably keep it to fully introduce in SHOT Show 2017.

I think this shotgun will also become very popular outside the USA, because in many countries it is much easier to obtain a shotgun, than a rifle. So for an overseas lever action enthusiast it will be a desirable product to appear in gun stores.

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  • Gambler X

    I have a friend that has a lever action 12 gauge. It pinched my fingers, it jammed, it was annoying and awful.

    I still kinda want one. It can keep the other lever guns i own and never shoot company.

    • ozzallos .

      It was probably one of the chinese knockoffs. They’re the most common, cheapest and absolutely horrible.

      • iksnilol

        Or it was a Chiappa.

        Norinco makes a bit crude guns, but they work.

  • Darren Hruska

    The ubiquitous levers return…

    The Model 1887 is one of those shotguns that has gained a cult following after the release of The Terminator and after being featured in some video games. So, it’s actually quite smart for Henry Repeating Arms to jump in on a market that actually has some demand yet.

    • Porty1119

      The Norinco 1887s are almost hilariously bad; what I’ve seen of their mind-blowing awfulness turned me off the 1887 design entirely. And I *LIKE* Norinco guns!

  • iksnilol

    I bet they’ll make it with their stupid loading system.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      This is the one thing that relegates their guns to plinkers for me. A lever gun 410 would be awesome but a loading gate would be so much better.

      • Paul White

        would a loading gate mess up shotgun shells? The plastic seems like it’d deforme asier than brass.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          I don’t think it would. Very similar to a tube fed shotgun.

        • Bierstadt54

          It would probably be okay for a .410, but any larger shells would risk crimp failure if you pushed too hard on the front of the shell to open the loading gate. Of course, one could design the loading gate to open without heavy pressure, as is the case with existing tube-fed shotguns.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      There is no reason to make a front loading tube magazine for a centerfire rifle in the 21st century. It is simply incorrect. Its not another way of doing it; its the WRONG way.

      I would only ever own a Henry of I was reasonably rich and wanted something to decorate my living room with. I could never come up with a reason to shoot it, but darn if they arent the most beautiful lever guns ever made.

      • iksnilol

        To be fair, you can use it as a fancy club to beat up those petulant, insolent poor people at your door preaching about “saving your soul”.

        Bah, humbug!

      • nova3930

        I bought a couple of the golden boy youths for my sons. plan to get the custom engraved side plates with initials and birthdays and put them up for when they’re older.

      • gusto


        action is stronger, less moving parts = less to break

        unload all rounds in one go without havign to cycle the action a bunch of times

        • Jack Burton

          They aren’t made that way to be stronger, let’s be honest here.

        • Zachary marrs

          when is the last time you broke a part to a marlin or 1894’s loading system?

          wanna know how many parts i’ve broken on guns that use loading systems similar to henry’s?

          • Paul White

            conversely, how often have yo had to top up a pistol caliber lever action? The whole thing seems like much ado about nothing to me

          • Zachary marrs

            Never, since the only lever i have is a marlin 336.

            Making something less of a PITA is always a good thing

        • iksnilol

          Ummm, maybe because it is awkward? Especially the rifle models when you have to pull out the follower and whatnot.

          It’s just an awkward system. There’s a reason nobody else uses it and it isn’t patents.

      • ozzallos .

        Talking about it like that only threatens to invites the TFB Levergun Nazi into the discussion.

        • iksnilol

          Oh Nathaniel, where art thou?

    • gusto

      having to manually repeat live ammo over and over again is the stupid system

      the greatest levergun is the BLR, all hail BLR!

      • Joshua

        I’ll keep my Savage thank you very much

    • Anonymoose

      They sell lots of PCCs with that stupid loading system. It’s not bad for hunting or range use, and in a pinch you could use their Big Boy for home defense. Most repeating .22s were sold with that kind of loading system when Henry was founded, but then they picked it up as their hallmark.

    • ozzallos .

      Yep, pass. For exactly this reason.

    • Jack Burton

      At least the single shots look nice…

    • Joe Gamer

      I would probably have half a dozen of them by now if they didn’t use that stupid system. If I have to get off my horse to reload your rifle, your rifle is worthless to me.

  • Major Tom

    Part of me would like a gun like this for turkey and goose hunting. Perhaps a 20 gauge version soon? 12 gauge would be awesome too.

  • Will

    Didn’t Winchester try this with the 9410?
    As I recall it sold like fresh horse turds.
    I REALLY like Henry .22 rifles. BUT……make it in a useful gauge.

  • I don’t want another caliber, but dang….. *sold*

  • HenryV

    I would like one but I think it would be FAC here and I don’t have a reason to own one.

    I am hoping their new single barrel shotguns and single shot rifles aren’t silly prices. I hope they start producing the latter in handgun calibres.

    • Alex Agius

      It would be FAC only if it was not in a 2+1 configuration. On the plus side you could have it with a 12″ barrel if it was on a section 1.

      • HenryV

        Yes. I don’t think our American cousins will be happy with 2+1. You might as well get a Mossberg 500. The Rossi guns were 5 shot.

        Now it is interesting what you say about 12″ barrel. Off the top of my head doesn’t the statute say pumps and semi-autos must have a barrel length of 24″ even on a FAC, but it doesn’t mention lever action repeating shotguns. One of those lovely odd anomalies because nobody codifying the laws knew anything about guns and the NRA (primarily) and other main shooting organisations only care about their only little part of the shooting world.

        Our laws are a joke. What really annoys me, beyond the 3 shot limit on SGC for repeaters, is the barrel length for conventional shotguns. I don’t see why a need to go cowboy action shooting so I can own a shotgun whose barrels are 20″ when they are just as “destructive” as the one with 24″ barrels sitting in the family gun cabinet!

        • iksnilol

          Because it is obviously easier to hide a 20 inch barrel pump shotgun than a 24 inch barreled double barrel.

          • HenryV

            🙂 Not quite……..

            It breaks down thus,

            Shotgun Certificate – Conventional shotguns with barrels 24″ and over.
            Repeating arms 2 + 1 for 3 shots with barrels 24″ +

            Firearms Certificate – Conventional shotguns barrels less than 24″
            Repeating arms greater than 3 shots but barrels 24″ +
            PLUS REASON TO OWN

            I can’t remember if magazine fed guns are FAC only. You can look that up yourself. 🙂

            All very silly.

          • iksnilol

            My post was was meant as a sarcastic jab but I do know silly laws are a thing :/

          • HenryV

            I know that is why I said 🙂

            It gets me that annoyed I can’t even be bothered to look up the laws pertaining to box fed shotguns. 🙂

  • gusto

    Stupid to only make it in .410

    aren’t they seeing what a bunch of turkish companies are doing with lever action shotguns nowadays?

    great for the australian/european market, in Oz they can’t have pumps or semis, in europe for hunting licenses pumps/semis need to be pinned permanently to hold max of 2 in the tube one in the spout. lever action shotguns are a loophole 😛

    and when you think about it a lever is better than a pump because you don’t jerk the front of the shotgun around when repeating.

    • ozzallos .

      Yeah, 410s an odd choice. Maybe they’ll get a clue and step up to 12g eventually?

      • Southpaw89

        Not that odd, with a .410 all they really have to do is put a new barrel on their 45LC action, or maybe 30-30 if the bolt travel isn’t far enough. A 20 or 12 would require a whole new receiver, and thus be much more expensive.

    • Alex Agius

      “in europe for hunting licenses pumps/semis need to be pinned permanently
      to hold max of 2 in the tube one in the spout. lever action shotguns are
      a loophole :P”

      Where are you getting that from?

      You do realise Europe is a continent not a nation? Laws vary wildly, from the Czech republic (where they have CCW) to the UK where most handguns are outright banned.

      That being said even in the UK people hunt with multi shot semi auto shotguns.

      • iksnilol

        And you can also have different laws for range use and hunting (and also for different game).

    • Wayneregina

      I’m in Canada, and we are able to buy the gun that caused such a furor in Australia, the Adler A-110. I have one, a 13in. bbl 12ga. 4+1. It’s a great shotgun; quite well made, very sturdy build, beautiful turkish walnut furniture with plenty of checkering. Other than the action being noisy and heavy, it’s a very smooth shooting gun, not a great deal slower than a pump. It’s a really nice size, especially in the bush @ a bit over 33 1/2 in. Accuracy wise, it’s equal to my 870 with an 18 1/2in. bbl. I’ve gotten so I prefer it in many cases over the 870; it shoulders & points better, and there’s minimal vertical barrel movement so a second shot’s faster to get on target. They’re nice guns for the price; it’s too bad they aren’t available in the U.S.

      • James in Australia

        There’s a lot of different Turkish lever action shotguns on the market in Australia, Adler, Emerald, Pardus, Alpha and probably others I cant remember off the top of my head. They are Limited to 5+1, 7+1 is what started the trouble.
        Now they are all over the local media (last few days) and may get stricter regulation shortly.

    • Swarf

      when you think about it a lever is better than a pump because you don’t jerk the front of the shotgun around when repeating.

      Instead, you run the lever and jerk the entire gun around.

      Lever shotguns were a bad idea when they were first produced and have remained a bad idea ever since.

      And then there is Henry’s… quaint loading system.

      • Bierstadt54

        I don’t know what kind of gun you were shooting, but when I shoot my 1894 my eye never leaves the target. I don’t have any problems with my pumps, but they do move around a bit more than my lever guns, just because on a lever gun the moving hand is the one between the anchor of your front hand and your shoulder, whereas with a pump the moving hand is out in front. I don’t think the current crop of lever shotguns are any good, but I’d call that a failure of design, not the lever action principle. I will admit that I doubt even a good lever shotgun – should one be made – will ever be more than a very niche firearm.

      • Porty1119

        The lever just needs to be smooth enough, and the butt plate/pad grippy enough, to avoid it torquing up out of position. My 336 is, but I can cycle an 870 faster. Doesn’t much matter; they’re both quick enough for defensive use and I can run either well.

        • Swarf

          Neither the 1894 nor the 336 are shotguns. I adore my 1894c. It is my favorite rifle and it is butter smooth and stays on target when I cycle it.

          But it is not an 1887, which is what I think of when I think of a lever action shotgun. The 1887 is a clunk-fest abomination and even it’s father didn’t love it.

          But you guys are right, this is Henry we are talking about, and it is .410. It probably runs like all Henry’s other rifles and I shouldn’t have assumed otherwise.

          Dat loading system tho…

    • maodeedee

      “Stupid to only make it in .410” Not really. the .410 is the biggest shotshell that will fit in the existing platform for chambering the 30-30 or any of the pistol cartridges. Even the larger frame that chambers the 45-70 isn’t big enough for a 20 gauge much less a 12. even a 28 guage might even be too big, but that would be a nice gun if they could somehow manage to make it work without having to tool up for a much larger framed gun.
      Also, Have you ever actually FIRED a pump action shotgun or rifle? They are actually pretty accurate on fast repeat shots because you line up with your target AFTER you chamber a new round, not before.

  • Anonymous

    There are several places making lever shotguns in 12ga that are fairly decent.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Lever action shotguns have been a thing in Australia for a few years actually (they banned pump action shotguns and forgot lever action was a thing)

  • Southpaw89

    Could actually go for one of these.

  • Blake

    This is a great way to get kids & folks of smaller stature into skeet shooting.

  • maodeedee

    Henry Arms is a great company always willing to try something different. I was happy when they came out with a 41 magnum lever action now that marlin no longer makes them and I’d like to see them come out with a lever action 32-20 rifle as well and maybe even an additional rifle chambered for 327 federal.

    I also think it might be possible for them to make a lever action 28 gauge on the large frame rifles that are chambered for 45-70. Additionally they now make a detachable magazine-fed lever action in both .243 Winchester and .308.

  • Nicholas Trueblood

    wander if it can handle .454 casuli also