- Mag Capacity: 15 rounds
- Range: 200 yards
- Weight: 9.25 lbs
- Length: 43 in
- Cartridge: .44 Henry
- Action: Lever-action, breach loading
- Rate of Fire: 28 rounds/min
- Muzzle Velocity: 1100 ft/s
The first major gun associated with lever action was the Volcanic pistol, made in 1855. It was a large pistol, which advertised itself with waterproof modern bullets and the ability to carry multiple rounds at once: something not seen in the more common muskets and blackpower weapons of the time.
The 1860 Henry rifle was designed on the eve of the American Civil War. Although it was never officially adopted for service by the Union army, many Union soldiers purchased the weapon with their own funds (when the rifle became introduced to public markets in 1862), believing that the faster rate of fire would help them survive. To the stunned Confederate troops still using single-shot muskets, the Henry was known as "That damned Yankee gun. They would load it on Sunday and shoot at us all week.".
Crazy Horse used Henry and Winchester Rifles in the Battle of Little Big Horn while the American Army under Colonel George Armstrong Custer used singleshot rifles. The Sioux's superior rifles gave them the overwhelming edge that gave them the greatest Native American victory against a western army.
The Henry would continue being used in the Wild West until the more reliable Winchester rifles replaced them.