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Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items

Henry Rifles

The famous Henry Rifle is the predecessor to the Winchester line of rifles. It was produced by the New Haven Arms Company from approximately 1860 through 1866. While a few iron-frame examples were produced in the early days, the majority of Henry Rifles came with a distinctive brass frame. Other key features include a grooved magazine tube and a rotating barrel sleeve for loading the gun. As one of the first successful repeating rifles, the Henry Rifle became important during the Civil War. The factory could not keep up with government orders for more rifles, so ironically many Northern soldiers purchased their own Henry Rifle. These rifles were expensive and highly prized when they were new, and they have remained that way. Given the limited production, it is surprising how often we discover a Henry Rifle that has passed down through the original family. This goes to show how much reverence for history is embodied in the story of Henry Rifles. Henry Rifles are always interesting to a collector looking for the centerpiece of a gun collection.


Item # W242

W242  NEW HAVEN ARMS VOLCANIC This would be a No.1 pocket pistol. 3-3/4" oct bbl. Serial number is 1608. All Volcanic pistols are scarce and desirable. This is one of about 850 No. 1 pocket pistols produced between 1857 and 1860. This gun has the New Haven marking on the bbl along with the patent date of 1854. This Volcanic is in overall VG condition with some blue remaining to the bbl. An aged blue with some lighter spots and some darker age spots. Nice markings on a VG condition bbl. Receiver also has a very pleasing antique brass color. Nice sharp edges and relatively smooth metal with some light scratches. Grips are nice fitting with overall good wood. There is a light hairline crack on the right side coming from the screw hole going up towards the hammer. One little sliver missing towards the top. New Haven Arms Co and the different versions of the Volcanic are very Historically significant as that is what spawned the whole lever action evolvement. A very good collectible gun!

Antique  $ 9,500.


Item # W1440 -26-4

W1440  EARLY HENRY RIFLE Serial number 345 with all matching numbers. This gun has been around a bit like every Henry rifle but overall not bad cond. Some discoloration on the receiver. Bbl has nice finish being a blue brown with some blood pitting in the sight area. Buttstock is nice fitting to the tangs and buttplate with the exception of a chip in the toe. All Henry's are extremely collectable and this is no exception.

Antique  $ 26,500.


Item # W1468 -26-13

W1468  VERY SCARCE VOLCANIC NAVY PISTOL 41 cal. Scarce 6" bbl. Typical 3-line bbl address which is always faint on the top. Very nice bore with orig sights include a fixed v-knotched rear sight and a pinched style fine blade front sight. Orig walnut grips in good cond with most finish remaining. Mechanics are VG+. All matching numbers. Bbl retains about 90% orig blue starting to tone slightly. Sharp corners. Correct follower and spring. Receiver has turned a dark brass patina. An interesting engraving on one side plate shows an arm raised in the air with a dagger in it. A family crest perhaps? A very fine orig gun with all matching numbers. Case colors turning dark on the hammer.

Antique  $ 26,750.


Item # W225-26-5

FACTORY ENGRAVED HENRY RIFLE Cal 44 RF. Good bore. Fair markings. Overall metal shows a fair amount of wear on the bbl and is a light grey/brown patina coloration. It may have had some artificial color applied but it would have been a long time ago. The original wood is in VG+ condition with nice figure which a factory engraved gun should have. The early first model configuration to the buttplate. The engraving on the receiver is nicely done in typical Hoggson fashion with the deer jumping a fence. Scroll engraving on the other side. Receiver has turned a nice butterscotch mustard colored patina. The gun has a fair amount of wear on the receiver having been carried a fair amount. The high points are slightly worn. This is the way you want to see them if they have seen any use at all. Guaranteed all original with all matching numbers. Serial number 28XX. Factory engraved beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Antique  $ 45,000 .


Item # 1B

THE HENRY RIFLE By Les Quick. This hard cover 240 pg book is by far the best of its kind, thoroughly covering the Henry Rifle including great photos. Don't let the authors name mislead you, this book is Fast, Fast, Fast.

$ 100.

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Fergus Falls, MN 56538

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