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If there is one gun that everybody should own, my choice is the Henry AR7. This marvelous little rifle comes in .22LR. It can be disassembled and stored in its butt stock. It floats in water assembles or disassembled. It is also a dependable shooter. It takes detachable 8 round magazines. They are light enough and compact enough to be carried in a backpack. You could leave on hidden in a corner of your car’s trunk. All in all, a very good gun for survival purposes.
This gun was originally designed for Air Force pilots to carry with them as they flew off to combat. In the event that they had to bail out of their plane, it was desired that they should have something they could shoot for protection or possibly to get game. It was decided that any gun beats no gun. They decided that the best caliber for this little gun would be the .22.
The AR7 was designed by Armalite around 1959. Down through the years they have been made by several manufacturers--some good, some not so good. Henry is the manufacturer today and this company prides themselves for making quality products. And, every fiber is made in America!
I have handled these before. They handle nicely and seem to shoot every time you pull the trigger. As I said before: “Everybody should have one!”
Action Type: Semi-automatic
Caliber: .22 LR
Capacity: 8 round magazine (comes with 2 magazines)
Length: 35″ assembled – 16.5″ when stowed
Weight: 3.5 lbs.
Stock: ABS Plastic
Sights: Adjustable rear, blade front (bright orange)
Finish: Teflon coated receiver and coated steel barrel
Country: Made in the USA
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I agree. That is a handy little rifle and well worth buying.
Henry even runs a TV commercial. Have you seen it?
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I remember when the Charter Arms ones used to be $99 used any day of the week. Handy lil pack rifle, floats too as they have styrofoam in the stock.
Ramline made 30 rnd plastic mags for a while(semi-ok), and a few other made various steel ones. Kinda rare to find the after-market ones now.
Just be careful if you remove the sideplate and bolt for a full cleaning, it can be rather tough to get the twin recoil springs to not flop in half and knot up with each other when trying to get the bolt back in.
I have one of these "jam o matics" There are VERY ammo sensitiive, not 100% reliable, and the same comments were re interated to me directly from a Henry rep when I called to mention my issues. I had one of the Charter Arms versions also and they were even worse. They are a cool idea and can be made ot work better with a good deal of work.
There was a tutorial around a while ago that discussed this. The only thing I recall, was a mention of "throating" the barrel at the breech with some polishing compound and the head of a bullet, I think it was a cased 223 round if I recall.
It is a fun guy, just would not rely on it in a one shot life or death situation.
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I like the handiness of this gun and the fact that it floats in water-assembled or stored.
Last summer a friend bought one for just over $200 out the door, it worked fine but he didn't like the way it felt while shooting, so he sold it to get something else.
I thought it was a decent gun and it was farely accurate, but I didn't care for the sights on it.
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I like mine. A gift from my uncle, he bought it in the 70's I think. I carry it when I fish and backpack. It's one of my gotos.
I guess it is cool, but the Ruger 10/22 seems like a much more robust and practical rifle.