SOLD FOR: $1325
Make: A. Uberti for Taylor’s & Co.
Model: 1860 Henry
Serial Number: W41111
Year of Manufacture: 2011 (CH Date Code)
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Lever Action with Tubular Magazine
Markings: The bottom tang is marked “CAT 7351”, “A. UBERTI-ITALY”, and “W41111”. The left side of the barrel is marked “TAYLOR’S & CO. WINCHESTER VA-A. UBERTI ITALY” and has two proof marks next to the frame. The top of the barrel is marked “HENRY’S PATENT. OCT. 16, 1860 / MANUFACT’D BY A. UBERTI GARDONE V.T. ITALY” and “45 COLT”. The left side of the upper tang is marked with the “CH” date code, three Italian proof marks, the Uberti logo, and the serial number. The left side of the lower tang is marked “83”. The upper tang is marked “MOD.1860 HENRY
Barrel Length: 24 ¼”
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a flip-up ladder sight dovetailed into the barrel and a fixed brass blade front sight installed in a slot on the end of the barrel. The ladder sight has markings from “2-8” and also has a fixed “point blank” sight for when the ladder is in the down position.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The buttstock on this rifle is smooth wood with a straight grip and a crescent steel buttplate. The buttplate is crescent shaped with a hinged trap for storing a cleaning rod. The stock has some minor faint scratches and tiny nicks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, which shows some light marks and minor thinning at the heel and toe. The stock rates in about Fine-Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore but there is some minor fouling.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows the case coloring receding at certain edges of the receiver. There is surface oxidation on the barrel sleeve as well as in the side grooves between the barrel and magazine tube. There are evenly dispersed faint nicks and scratches throughout the metal surfaces. Practically all of the blue remains on the barrel. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fair condition (See mechanics).
Mechanics: The action does not function correctly. Half of the right lever spring screw has broken off in the right lever spring, which is included separately with the gun. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements, and all firearms should be examined by a competent gunsmith before firing.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: As paraphrased from the Uberti website: “Tyler Henry of New Haven Arms Company designed the Model 1860 just in time for the Civil War. Only 1,700 of these repeating rifles were issued to Union troops, but the rifle’s reputation quickly grew. Southerners dubbed it “that tarnation Yankee rifle that they load on Sunday and shoot all week”. The Henry was also used in the fight at Little Big Horn. Unfortunately for Custer, all the Henry’s used were by Indians.” With its 24” barrel, this rifle holds 13 cartridges in the magazine, and is great for those Cowboy Action team events where you have to split a log or knock down 50 targets. It is a throwback to the original, but in a much more practical (and affordable) caliber. Unfortunately, this one will need some work to get it back to properly functioning condition. Please see our photos and good luck!