Henry X Models
Blog by Henry Repeating Arms, Hunt Alaska Partner
The Henry X Models Have Arrived
The concept for the Henry X Model series began at the 2018 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Dallas, Texas where a blacked-out .45-70 rifle and .410 bore shotgun were put on display to gauge everyone’s reaction to this departure from Henry’s usual blued-steel or brass receivers and American walnut furniture. Suffice it to say that the response among showgoers was positive, but little did they know that Henry Repeating Arms had more up their sleeves. With the release of Henry’s first rifle to feature a side loading gate looming in production behind closed doors, the vision for the production version of the Henry X Model became clearer.
In January of 2020, Henry Repeating Arms announced the X Model Series to the world in Las Vegas at the SHOT Show. With no booth on the show floor, Henry dropped the news with a Lever Action X Model .45-70 at Federal Premium’s booth alongside a new line of ammunition called HammerDown, and a Big Boy X Model in .357 Magnum/.38 Special at SilencerCo’s booth. From the moment the first photos started circulating in the firearms media world, the Henry X Model Series began taking the lever-gun world by storm.
Henry’s X Models are designed from the ground up to utilize the best of Henry’s tried-and-true large-frame platform and additional features to provide unparalleled versatility. These are designed with every shooter in mind from hunters to those looking for a double-duty, home-defense gun.
The X Model series consists of the Henry Big Boy platform, chambered in .44 Mag/.44 Spl, .357 Mag./.38 Spl, and .45 Colt, a lever-action .410 shotgun, and another rifle chambered in .45-70 Government. Perhaps most notably, all five models sport durable and lightweight synthetic furniture with a solid-rubber recoil pad on the pistol-gripped buttstock. Synthetic furniture is a departure from the initial 2018 concept, which used Henry’s existing black stained-hardwood furniture found on the All-Weather series. The reason for this departure is evident with the addition of a Picatinny rail and M-Lok accessory slots on the forestock, and integrated sling swivel studs neatly tucked away. In the short time that these models have been on the market, it appears that a bipod on the Picatinny rail and a flashlight on one the side M-Lok slots is the preferred configuration. Of course, with more gadgets comes more weight, so running it plain and simple as it comes right out of the box is another good option.
The matte blued-steel receivers utilize a side loading gate so that the removable tube magazine can be topped off at all times. Additionally, the top of the receiver is drilled and tapped to accept an optics mount to accommodate a red-dot sight or scope. The rifles are all threaded at the muzzle end with a 5/8×24 thread pitch to accommodate a suppressor. Shooting .38 Spl out of a suppressed rifle is an experience that all shooters need to have at some point. The X Model .410 Shotgun’s smoothbore barrel is threaded internally for a removable invector-style choke as opposed to the external threading that the rifles use. High contrast, fiber-optic sights adorn all of the X Models with the .410 shotgun variation using only a green fiber-optic front sight.
While these new guns may seem like a massive departure from Henry’s line of classic lever actions, they are also proof that Henry Repeating Arms is always listening to what customers want.
All five models are now available nationwide from licensed firearms dealers with an MSRP across the board of $970.00.
Learn more at henryusa.com/x-models.