Henry US Survival AR-7 Rifle in Viper… Western… Camo… Weird Name, but it Looks Cool!

Viper Western

The Henry AR-7 rifle is in a category all its own. While countless AR-15 companies are trying to think of new innovative ways to fold something here… collapse this piece… or tear down the whole apparatus more quickly… Henry has always had the true backpack-ready, compact rifle all along.

X-Ray View of a Henry US Survival AR-7 rifle in Matte Black

For some people, your predictable matte black finish just is not that eye-catching or invokes a ton of enthusiasm to open your wallet. To spice things up, Henry has a new color that not only has curb appeal in the appearance, but also the name. The newest offering of the US Survival AR-7 rifle comes in “Viper Western” camouflage.

I am not entirely sure where the origins of Viper Western come from?… Is it a region of the US?… Are snakes prevalent?… Should we bring along one of Henry’s .410 gauge lever-actions with some buckshot?… Regardless, it has a matte finish that would blend in well into a western landscape dotted with sagebrush, or a generally more arid environment.

Viper Western

Henry US Survival AR-7 Viper Western .22 Long Rifle

A simple rundown of specs goes like this:

  • Two 8-Round Magazines
  • 16.125″ Barrel w/ 1:16″ Twist Rate
  • Blade Front Sight w/ Peep Rear
  • 35″ Overall Length w/ 14″ Length-of-Pull
  • Removable, Rubber Buttplate (To access storage compartments)
  • 3/8″ Grooved Receiver to Add Optics
  • 3 1/2 Lbs Total Weight

This rifle comes in at an MSRP of $350 which is the same as their only other camo offering: True Timber-Kanati.

Side note: Whoever is coming up with the names of these camo schemes at Henry deserves a raise!

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • adverse4

    (I do not want to join your newsletter.) Does all that fancy make it shoot gooder?

  • Mystick

    I had an interesting failure mode with one of these back in the day.

    A cartridge failed to eject and was crushed by the bolt, preventing the bolt from being fully in battery. It allowed the bolt to cycle everything except the sear, resulting in a runaway… surprised the hell out of me when it went full auto and emptied the magazine.

    I reproduced the failure mode with shims… so it seems to be a design flaw – at least on the series of the model that I owned.

    • Dougscamo

      Runaways are always interesting….

      • Mystick

        I’m just glad I didn’t have to use the bathroom when it happened.

    • Was, uh, “back in the day”… prior to May 19, 1986 by any chance?

      • Mystick

        In the 90’s.

  • iksnilol

    Too bad they don’t work.

    • Independent George

      From what I’ve read, the Henry versions work; it was the old Charter Arms manufactured rifles which jammed up all the time.

      I have no personal experience with this – it’s just something I read about and thought was worth bringing up.

      • KestrelBike

        I have a Henry’s and it’s pure junk.

      • gunsandrockets

        I had a Charter Arms AR-7 back in the 70’s, and it worked just fine.

        Of course, that’s only anecdotal evidence.

      • JDTWO

        My Henry has worked without a single gun related hitch and has proven to be fairly accurate too. Back in the day , I had a Charter Arms version and I don’t think that it ever made it through a whole 8 round mag without a malfunction.

        The Henry version is MUCH better made than any of the other AR-7 variations (Except for the very rare Israeli manufactured variant), very reliable, and accurate. I’m very pleased with it….

    • Brett baker

      I’ve heard the Henry’s work, but only with their own mags.

    • Hinermad

      They work, but they’re picky about ammo.

    • Rick O’Shay

      I’ve had two, they both worked fine.

  • Don Ward

    I don’t care about the reliability. I just want to know whether it will shoot down a helicopter.

    (Yes, yes. I know Bond actually shot the baddie who was lobbing grenades at him and it was the grenade that blew up the chopper.)


  • codfilet

    Armalite was the original manufacturer of these.

  • Duray

    “Henry has always had the true compact, backpack ready rifle all along.” That’s a pretty laughable statement, considering they’re the fifth company to make this thing. Also, “always….all along” is redundant.

  • Xanderbach

    I personally think a survival rifle is one thing I wouldn’t want camouflaged, except in a SHTF survival situation. If I drop it, I want to be able to find it; and for people to find me. I’d like one in blaze orange.

    • Klaus Von Schmitto

      Buy a black one. Add Krylon. Done.

  • Hoplopfheil

    If I could get it in Cabela’s O2 Octane… I still wouldn’t get one.

  • TechnoTriticale

    re: 3/8″ Grooved Receiver to Add Optics

    What standard (if any) is this? And did adding the rail to the design affect whether or not the rifle floats? (Obviously the weight of any optic would have to be factored into that as well.)

    And is there a point to adding an optic?
    How well does it hold zero through assembly cycles?

  • Jim Drickamer

    The Henry survival rifle I have came with a problem. The roll pin holding the nut on the end of the screw which joins the receiver to the stock was loose and fell out. I was not able to mount the stock to the rest of the rifle. A call to Henry got me a new roll pin, screw, and nut to make sure the problem was resolved. All of this was at Henry’s cost. Since receiving those parts and installing them, there have been no further problems. It is accurate, pleasant to shoot, and has digested every kind of .22 ammunition I have fed it. I highly recommend this rifle for its intended purpose. I wonder about a .22 magnum version or maybe a .410.

  • Jay N

    Here is a better alternative, get a 22lr rifle, grab a bunch of fishing floaters, jerry rig this bad boy up and boom, floating 22lr. This trick works with any caliber also. I found that catfish bobbers work best. (Do at your own risk, I do not take any responsibility for anything you do)

    • iksnilol

      The HEnry is still hella smaller tho.

      • Jay N

        True but, you can’t get an ar7 in 50bmg. With my method it is possible

  • jerry young

    I’ve always wanted an AR7 even before Henry started making them, for some reason or another they just don’t seem to be at the top of my list, I just wish henry would make a larger caliber than just the .22, back when Armalite made them they produced a model in .25 auto, I don’t know if that would be a good caliber to make maybe 380 or 9mm

  • Tassiebush

    I’d like to see something along the same lines but in a bolt action like the AR5 so some flatter shooting light weight rounds could be added. Stuff like .22mag, .17hmr .17wsm, .22hornet etc.

  • BeoBear

    Supposedly Henry tweaked their version and it operates much better than the previous versions. I absolutely love Henry rifles and I’ve always loved the AR7 concept but ever since the Ruger 10/22 Take Down was released it’s no contest. Sure the AR7 pops into it’s cool little floating stock and is super compact but the 10/22 TD is way more reliable, exponentially more accurate and way more durable, it would be almost negligent to choose the AR7 for survival. It wouldn’t be hard to make the TD float if that’s a must have and with the new Magpul X-22 Backpacker stock it’s pretty darn compact.

    All that said, I would still like to have one of the new AR7’s but for survival/backpack use I’ll take my TD every single time.