Henry Repeating Arms AR-7 Survival Rifle (With Video)

June 13, 2009 by  
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The Henry Repeating Arms Company AR-7 Survival Rifle

By Steven L. Doran

The AR-7 Survival Rifle has gone through some changes over the years and some of the ones formally built by other manufactures had some problems which I experienced first hand and did not like.

The current version is manufactured by Henry Repeating Arms Company. We tested the rifle  right out of the box. We wanted to make sure that if the gun experienced any problems it was not because of misuse or problems created by a previous owner.

We found the Henry to be a reliable and convenient little rifle. This compact and lightweight gun is great to throw in a car, truck, boat or camper and can easily fit into just about any size back pack.  The Henry weighs in at 2.5 pounds. It can be broken down into three pieces in a couple seconds, all the pieces fit right inside the waterproof stock, which will float if dropped into the drink. Once broken down it is only 16 inches long.

The Henry comes standard with a rear peep sight that is built into the frame of the gun. For people who have not used this type of sight it may take some getting used to, to find your point of aim.  It is amazingly accurate otherwise. We were able to shoot dime sized groups consistently at 25 yards after putting about 100 rounds through the rifle. The gun has a rail built into the receiver so a scope and or some type of separate detachable sight can be used. If you decide to use this option,  the sight can not be placed and stored in the Butt. However there is enough extra room to place a very small bottle of solvent, a small folding knife and two more magazines beneath the location where the action is placed next to the barrel. We did have to shake them out. A plastic cleaning rod (do not use metal or leave it in unless you are going on a trip, I do not think it would harm it long term, but better safe than sorry ) can be slid in the barrel with the cleaning brush sticking a bit out the end to remind you to pull it out. This could really help you if the gun became filthy or a casing jammed and would not allow the gun to function.

There are a ton of after market parts and upgrades that can be purchased for the gun. However do not go to crazy with them since some of the parts cost more than the gun itself.  Further they take away from its portability and increases the weight of the gun which in my mind defeats the purpose. I would however pick up a few extra magazines to throw in with the gun.  Some guns jam and or malfunction when certain types of ammo are used. They also will sometimes shoot a bit differently, a little high or low. Once you get your rifle tuned in stick with that ammo.

This gun is fun, and cheep to shoot so there is no reason not to put a multitude of rounds through it and be ready to take small game, defend yourself from Sasquatch or whatever nasty critter you may run into in the field

For more information go to www.henryrepeating.com , or write  to: Henry Repeating Arms Company, 59 East 1st Street, Bayonne, NJ 07002, Telephone: 201-858-4400, Facsimile: 201-858-4435


As always please realize that with any gun; especially one you intend to use for survival you will have to practice. I always recommend no less than a half a day and no less than 300 rounds through the gun. You should be fully familiar with its operation, loading, unloading, cocking, decoking, firing and accuracy.  If not keep shooting until you are totally comfortable.  This gun is a lot of fun to shoot so it is not like you will be suffering during this process. Go out and have a great time.

Copyright © 2009 by Steven L. Doran  All rights reserved under international and Pan-American copyright conventions. No part of this article may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means without written permission from the author Steven L. Doran.



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