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U.S. Survival AR-7 Donít Leave Civilization Without One
Henry rifles ^ | Today | Henryrepeating.com

Posted on 06/28/2012 1:59:11 PM PDT by OL Hickory

When disassembled, the pieces fit inside the impact-resistant, waterproof stock, which will float should it take a trip overboard. Assembly is as easy as attaching the receiver to the stock, inserting the barrel and screwing on the barrel nut. In just a few seconds, without the need for any tools, the Henry U.S. Survival AR-7 is ready for action.

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1 posted on 06/28/2012 1:59:20 PM PDT by OL Hickory
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To: OL Hickory
Owned one since the late '70s. You can treat them harshly and they live through it.

/johnny

2 posted on 06/28/2012 2:01:56 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: OL Hickory

I was given one of the originals that the Henry was copied from back in 1977.
It’s ok for a 7 shot 22LR, but even back then we had to make a steel spring guide to take the place of the cheapo plastic one it came with.


3 posted on 06/28/2012 2:02:20 PM PDT by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it.)
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To: OL Hickory

4 posted on 06/28/2012 2:02:29 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: OL Hickory
Great idea...but it's only a .22 LR. A fellow could get awfully tired of birds and squirrel meat after while.;-)
5 posted on 06/28/2012 2:04:40 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux
Lots of deer taken with .22LR all over the US. Not lawful, but it happens.

/johnny

6 posted on 06/28/2012 2:11:02 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: OL Hickory

The one I owned was so inaccurate it defied the laws of physics.


7 posted on 06/28/2012 2:11:59 PM PDT by papertyger ("And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if..."))
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To: RoosterRedux

I have one. It’s great, and solidly built. Has a scope rail.

(You can kill bigger things than a squirrel or a bird with a .22 LR.)


8 posted on 06/28/2012 2:14:04 PM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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To: OL Hickory

Had one. Unreliable, inaccurate POS.

Also, .22.

Fun to play with, worthless as a lifesaving tool.

I know, I know...”Any gun is better than no gun”.

Srs, just about any gun is better than the AR-7.

JMO...and my experience.


9 posted on 06/28/2012 2:15:42 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (Romney Sucks. Mutiny Now, or something.)
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To: Kartographer
Mine ain't that pretty, these many years later, but at 100 yards, it does still shoot better than I do.

My 12y.o. 2nd cousin can keep all rounds in a one inch circle with it.

Not bad for a short-barreled .22lr

/johnny

10 posted on 06/28/2012 2:17:06 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: OL Hickory

Didn't 007 take out a helicopter with one of those in From Russia With Love?

11 posted on 06/28/2012 2:18:43 PM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Owned one since the late ‘70s. You can treat them harshly and they live through it.”

Yes, but the trigger pull was atrocious.


12 posted on 06/28/2012 2:19:57 PM PDT by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: ExGeeEye

There are more than one manufacturer of the AR-7.

As this is true, I would guess that some makers may have better, more accurate versions of their rifle than others. Better tolerances, and materials, and such.


13 posted on 06/28/2012 2:20:04 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: OL Hickory
That's nice, but I like my Marlin Papoose better. Or if you want to go retro, there's the Marlin 39 TDS. I was fortunate to snag one of those in NIB condition recently, just like this one:
14 posted on 06/28/2012 2:20:31 PM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: ExGeeEye
It's like the Llama .380, in the early years they were great, and got sold, and turned to crap.

My CA AR-7 is from the early years, and it's a tack driver.

I don't doubt your experience. I've heard it over and over from those that had one in the mid-80s to late-90s.

/johnny

15 posted on 06/28/2012 2:21:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Malone LaVeigh
"Didn't 007 take out a helicopter with one of those in From Russia With Love?">

So, Chuck Norris could do it with just a stern look.

16 posted on 06/28/2012 2:23:25 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: OL Hickory

Looks pretty sweet.
Not pricey.
Won’t take up a lot of room in my gun vault (Sadly lost in a tragic boating accident).

And, it’s a Henry.

I’m sold. Thanks for the thread.


17 posted on 06/28/2012 2:23:47 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Obama hates Mexicans (Fast and Furious))
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Not only that but his was in 25 caliber. I have no idea if any were actually made in 25.

I bought one back when it was made by Armalite. Mine was OK, no real problems but for some reason I never liked it all that much.

I always thought the Remington Nylon .22 was about the perfect knock around .22 rifle. I wish they still made it.

A nice Ruger .22 pistol was more compact and just as accurate, maybe more so, tho the longer barrel would increase power.

If one wants to really get a compact .22, I think A Walther PP sport is about perfect, that or one of the clones.


18 posted on 06/28/2012 2:26:40 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: OL Hickory

If I could only have ONE .22 it would be my Remington Nylon 66.

Some of the AR-7s made in the 1980s were crap. I think it was Charter Arms that made them then as several companies had the rights for a while.


19 posted on 06/28/2012 2:30:02 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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To: OL Hickory

Not many people are aware that this is also a Eugene Stoner design :-)


20 posted on 06/28/2012 2:30:05 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Mine was a Henry.

Yeah, it was fun to throw it in a canoe or a back back and get out away from anything and try to shoot cans with it.

The kids enjoyed it too. They got a lot more fun out of the *crack* and the puff of dust than I got "oh craps" because the can was unscathed after a mag and a half.

"C'mon, quit fussing with the sights and let me just shoot it!"

21 posted on 06/28/2012 2:31:00 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (Romney Sucks. Mutiny Now, or something.)
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To: OL Hickory

I think the new Ruger 10/22 take-down model is a better choice. The AR-7 is interesting, but lacks the Ruger’s deep aftermarket support.


22 posted on 06/28/2012 2:31:53 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: RoosterRedux

Getting tired of eating a particular diet, beat hell out of eating, ..NOTHING.


23 posted on 06/28/2012 2:33:11 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Don't ever think that the reason I am peaceful is because I forgot how to be violent)
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To: OL Hickory
I always thought these were cool...

Springfield M6 Scout - .22LR/.410 combo

24 posted on 06/28/2012 2:39:44 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

He popped the co-pilot/passenger who dropped the grenade taking out the helicopter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oD3vvgb3vk


25 posted on 06/28/2012 2:41:06 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Charles Martel

I picked up a Ruger 10/22 recently along with twenty 30 round magazines.


26 posted on 06/28/2012 2:42:41 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: ExGeeEye

I had been considering picking up a couple new versions, newly made AR-7s. But I’d probably rather if I had to get a 10/22 for not much more, if more at all. It can’t break down (the new breakdown versions are more than I’d spend) but for the accuracy, customization ability and larger mags I’d rather have that.


27 posted on 06/28/2012 2:48:13 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: OL Hickory
the pieces fit inside the impact-resistant, waterproof stock, which will float should it take a trip overboard.

I believe that this may the the perfect FReeper rifle. Nowhere else have I heard of so many firearms lost via accidental sinking. Finally a solution!

28 posted on 06/28/2012 2:52:05 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis fugit.)
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To: papertyger

“....so inaccurate it defied the laws of physics.”

LOL. Same as mine. Traded it off for a Remington hunting knife.


29 posted on 06/28/2012 2:53:52 PM PDT by panaxanax (Voting 'Third Party' will ensure a Communist-Marxist-Socialist dominated Supreme Court!)
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To: OL Hickory

Watched the video at the site linked and it looks like the gun jammed a couple times. It may have just be the way they edited it but it would have been more effective if they had shown it firing a complete magazine. I think I’ll stick with my 10/22.


30 posted on 06/28/2012 3:11:08 PM PDT by 762X51
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To: Liberty Valance
yup... i bought a SS one brandy new in 2000 for $185

now that they don't make them anymore you can't touch a used one for under $700!!!

31 posted on 06/28/2012 3:39:44 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Sea Parrot
You must live in the desert or tundra.

Down South, we like a varied diet. And if you have a cane pole and a hook or enough power to bring down a wild hog...you can eat, well, high on the hog!

A .22 LR isn't enough to kill a wild hog unless you hit him just right.

32 posted on 06/28/2012 3:46:00 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: Secret Agent Man

I’d like a 10/22 too. (Say that three times, fast!)

If I thought there’d be water involved I’d spring for the stainless version in the nylon(?) stock.


33 posted on 06/28/2012 4:20:14 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (Romney Sucks. Mutiny Now, or something.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

There are more than one manufacturer of the AR-7.
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Right you are. I bought mine around 1981. It’s very accurate and I’ve never had a problem with it. It was made by Charter Arms and is an AR-7 Explorer. Unlike the chrome or stainless model Bond used to shoot down the chopper, mine is all black, with a rough matte finish on the barrel. At a gun show I bought two 30-round magazines, so I keep one in the gun and one in my pocket and store the small magazine in the stock, giving me 67 rounds.


34 posted on 06/28/2012 5:13:41 PM PDT by octex
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To: OL Hickory

Nice little survival item, if a bit inaccurate.

One piece of EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!!! advice: Do NOT rack the slide while the receiver is unattached to the barrel!!!

The bolt handle CAN and often WILL come out in your hand, releasing the bolt and recoil springs to fly out the front, while the recoil spring retainer buries itself DEEP in the receiver and becomes amazingly difficult to extract.

If this happens outdoors, the bolt and recoil springs may be impossible to find, while the recoil spring retainer becomes impossible to extract from deep - and I do mean DEEP - in the receiver.

Save yourself an incredible headache and mind this bit of very sound advice.

Painful experience talking here.


35 posted on 06/28/2012 5:14:21 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: JRandomFreeper

I have one of the original Armalites.

Can’t say I lost my guns in a boating accident... It floats!!


36 posted on 06/28/2012 5:18:05 PM PDT by djf ("There are more old drunkards than old doctors." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Jack Hammer
Depending on the version, that isn't always a problem.

The AR-7 has more versions than 'Yesterday' had covers.

And just like covers, some bands did better than others.

Pay attention to serial numbers and manufacturers. Don't blame St. Eugene's design.

And yes... I'm the guy that posts the Stoner and Browning posts in January and November.

/johnny

37 posted on 06/28/2012 5:26:12 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: djf

Why an AR-7 when you can have the most dependable .22lr rife ever built in breakdown form? I am about to pick up one of these next week:

http://www.ruger.com/products/1022Takedown/models.html


38 posted on 06/28/2012 5:27:18 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: djf
That's exactly what happened... It floated away while I was trying to right the canoe.

/johnny

39 posted on 06/28/2012 5:27:58 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: OL Hickory

I have been trying to think of a gun I bought back around 1979 at a Woolco store. It was $18 brand new, yes that price is right.

It was a little bit similar to a gun called the “Bronco” but was more cheaply made. Actually tho the gun was a piece of crap, the design was interesting and I believe if made of better materials and perhaps better workmanship it would have been a good rifle.

As it was, it still functioned OK and was not completely worthless. It was literally made of wire only slightly larger than a coat hanger. You twisted the action and barrel apart and manually pressed the extractor. It was held in battery only by a steel ball bearing which fit into a hole in a slight extension under the barrel. the fact that it was not very secure was not much of a problem as the strength was straight back not side by sde which you turned it to place a .22 cartridge into the chamer or empty the chamber.

I still think it was a good idea if it had just been of better quality. It still could have been cheap to make yet be a perfectly good gun.

Anybody remember it


40 posted on 06/28/2012 5:29:46 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: 3Fingas
Call me when the military purchases it, and it floats.

USAF spent some money funding rifles that everyone hated... like the AR-7, the AR-15, and that mess of an over-under shotgun-rifle Scout thing.

Today, it's about the only thing I appreciate the AF doing after Korea.

/johnny

41 posted on 06/28/2012 5:36:42 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Edward Teach
A very similar rifle is the Browning BLR.
http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?fid=003B&cid=034&tid=011&bg=x
Comes in .308, 243, 30-06 etc. 6 lbs 8 oz.
42 posted on 06/28/2012 5:47:34 PM PDT by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: 3Fingas

For me, it’s a kind of neat-to-have thing.
My real .22 is a late 60’s Marlin mod 60 tube fed autoloader.
And an Iver Johnson 8 shot revolver/target pistol.


43 posted on 06/28/2012 5:48:34 PM PDT by djf ("There are more old drunkards than old doctors." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Edward Teach
That was my first .22 I still have it and it is a sweet favorite. It is ultra reliable and a tack driver. I hope to pass it on to my son.
44 posted on 06/28/2012 5:56:01 PM PDT by Polynikes (Hakkaa Palle)
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To: 3Fingas
Why an AR-7 when you can have the most dependable .22lr rife ever built in breakdown form?

You will not be disappointed.

I always wondered why the universe would never let funding and availability align in my pursuit of a Marlin Papoose.

Now I realize it was because the angels were smiling down on me in anticipation of the 10/22 takedown model ;o)

45 posted on 06/28/2012 5:59:03 PM PDT by papertyger ("And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if..."))
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To: yarddog

Around 1965 I bought a Mexican single shot pistol which was a fascinating study in just how cheaply a gun could be made and still be reliable accurate and powerful, at least for a .22.

It was a Mendoza. It had an excellent quality barrel but the rolling block action was made of stamped sheet steel. The hammer was composed of 3 pieces of sheet metal welded together.

It was another of those guns with a good design but with just a little upgrade in quality could have been an excellent performer. It had a clip on each side of the frame to hold 3 extra rounds, giving it a bit of the same look as a six shooter.

As far as actually shooting, it was more accurate than most and that is saying something. I think it had a six inch barrel, maybe longer as the lack of a regular type action made the overall length much shorter than say a Ruger auto pistol.

My only criticism was that sometimes the empty cases would have a slight bulge. That is why sheet steel was probably not the best way to make a breech block.

Still I think someone in the USA could use the design to make a fine single shot target pistol at a reasonable price. I think I paid all of $12 for mine.


46 posted on 06/28/2012 6:09:17 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’m talking about the current version, made by Henry and pictured in entry number 4, above - the one with the luminescent organge sight insert and inner compartment.

Parenthetically, I also had one of these rifles waaaay back in the seventies, made on the original plan, and never had that problem.

So, yes, you’re probably right.


47 posted on 06/28/2012 7:06:54 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: RoosterRedux

Born and raised in the south.

The reply was to, a .22 rf is only good for birds and squirrels and would get tired of eating them.

I am 73 years old, I can well remember shooting hogs for slaughter in the fall with a .22, and it killed them DRT.

I also know from personal experience that a .22 LR solid will penetrate 16 inches of solid live muscle tissue.


48 posted on 06/28/2012 7:27:35 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Don't ever think that the reason I am peaceful is because I forgot how to be violent)
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To: Jack Hammer
Never shot one of the Henry versions. Henry used to make good rifles with good quality, but the latest one I shot was an 1890something 30 cal. original.

Shame if they have fallen that far in their production.

/johnny

49 posted on 06/28/2012 7:28:20 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Liberty Valance
I always thought these were cool...

Right up until that Monday morning when you have to qualify with it. Or the day you needed it to live. I'll take the AR-7. And I did, given the choice.

They are a mistake made by dumb purchasing officers.

If you don't go to the field to play with it, you don't have an opinion, and if you are Major or above... I may not listen.

/johnny

50 posted on 06/28/2012 7:34:54 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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