SOLD FOR: $1351
Make: A. Uberti for Navy Arms Co.
Model: 1860 Henry Rifle
Serial Number: 23280
Year of Manufacture: 2002 (BS Date Code)
Caliber: .44-40 Winchester
Action Type: Lever Action with Tubular Magazine
Markings: The bottom tang is marked “CAT 5270”, “BS” date code, gordone proof, “A. UBERTI-ITALY”, and “232380”. The left side of the barrel has two proof marks next to the frame. The top of the barrel is marked “NAVY ARMS CO. RIDGEFIELD N.J. MADE IN ITALY” and “CAL.44-40”.
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, straight comb, and a crescent steel buttplate. The wood shows finish loss throughout. 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 oxidation. The stock rates in about Very Good 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 87% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows scattered light surface oxidation on the barrel and extension. There is some dried grease on the sides of the receiver. There is surface oxidation on the sides of the receiver as well. 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 Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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: This rifle comes in its original serial matching box. The box shows scattered storage wear with a couple stains.
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 BigHorn. Unfortunately for Custer, all the Henry’s used were by Indians.” With its 24 1/4” barrel, this rifle 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. Please see our photos and good luck!