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 Henry .22LR AR-7 Survival Rifle, experiences / opinions?
Carbine_Man  [Team Member]
5/23/2005 2:54:36 PM EST
This is what I'm talking about:





I like the idea of a takedown .22 rifle for wilderness survival. The takedown and and pack feature is cool. It'd be great for keeping one fed day-to-day.

Any experiences? Anyone out there own one? Nice or junk?
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eagle308us  [Member]
5/23/2005 5:27:49 PM EST
I have a black one from Charter Arms. I have only put about 30 rounds thru it. No problems feeding as I remember. It shot decent groups, but I never shot it over 25 yards. It fits in the stock well, does not rattle much. Goes togeather easily. Best part was the $50 bill for NIB rifle.

eagle308us
frick  [Member]
5/23/2005 5:43:24 PM EST
I have an old Camo one, made by ??? I cant remember, its more reliable than my 10/22, and shoots and feeds anything, even through ramline mags, and I hope they are soon making more of those, I have two pre bans, one I just opened to use now that the ban is done. Get one, the compactness is great, and Ive never had a problem, great to throw in your quad bag, you never know when you'll come across something to plink at.
dfariswheel  [Member]
5/23/2005 8:23:40 PM EST
This was originally developed by Armalite and Eugene Stoner as the US Air force AR-7 survival rifle.
The Airforce apparently never really bought many, so it was made for the civilian market.
It can float whether assembled or broken down and stored in the stock.

It's been made by at least 4 companies that I can think of.
Sometimes the quality was allowed to slide, but overall, these were always fair little .22's, and have been popular with bush pilots, fishermen, hikers, trail riders, and bikers.
raf  [Site Staff]
5/24/2005 7:03:04 AM EST
A Marlin Papoose in Stainless is a better choice, IMHO .

www.marlinfirearms.com/firearms/selfLoading22wClipMag/70PSS.htm

The newer AR-7s have a grooved receiver, for scope mounting; the older ones require a side plate that is a PITA to remove and install. The Papoose may retain its scope mounted (and fit into its floatation/storage bag), while the AR must have the aforementioned side plate removed in order to store it in its stock. Even if you have a newer, grooved receiver model, the scope must come off (and be stored) in order to fit the weapon into its stock. Either way, this does nothing for the scope's return-to-zero once remounted.

Personally, I'd have a receiver peep aperture rear sight mounted on the Papoose, and call it a day.
Carbine_Man  [Team Member]
5/24/2005 12:29:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By raf:
The newer AR-7s have a grooved receiver, for scope mounting; the older ones require a side plate that is a PITA to remove and install. The Papoose may retain its scope mounted (and fit into its floatation/storage bag), while the AR must have the aforementioned side plate removed in order to store it in its stock. Even if you have a newer, grooved receiver model, the scope must come off (and be stored) in order to fit the weapon into its stock. Either way, this does nothing for the scope's return-to-zero once remounted.

I wouldn't mount a scope on it. For survival hunting, you could do fine without it. I like how the whole unit goes in the butstock. The Marlin Papoose does nothing for me.

Thanks for the feedback. Has anyone bought a new one made by Henry?
colklink  [Member]
6/4/2005 1:56:57 AM EST
I have two of the black ones from henery,I like them but they do tend to be picky about what ammo it will feed reliably.Mine tend to like the hotter stuff,stingers,the new cci velociraptors.Also you have to make sure you tighten the barrel nut every few mags of ammo through the rifle.Also the triggers have got to be the worst on any long gun out there.Nice little rifles for what they are,however now that the ban is gone a ruger 10/22 with a quality folding stock might be the best pick for a compact .22 rifle.
twonami  [Team Member]
6/4/2005 2:29:44 AM EST
they killed a bad guy in "from russia with love"
jhereg  [Member]
6/4/2005 4:08:52 AM EST
I have two of them. I have an old Charter Arms configured as an AR20 (collapsible stock & barrel w/ heat shield) & a scope. I also have an old Henry Repeating Arms AR7. Both are reliable with good ammo & magazines. They can be somewhat picky & ammo & magazines make all the difference in the world. There are a lot of bad AR7 mags out there.
MisterPX  [Team Member]
6/4/2005 9:36:13 AM EST

Originally Posted By twonami:
they killed a bad guy in "from russia with love"



I thought he shot down the chopper.

Anyways, back on track. I don't have one yet, but I'd like one. Mainly because I think it's pretty neat.
TOMMY15  [Member]
6/4/2005 2:58:21 PM EST
I have a Charter Arms that has many rounds thru it... Not always reliable feeding but 95% of the time it's fine. Good enough for me for a little plinker 22. Does the same with all ammo types I have tried. VERY ACCURATE, IMO. Great little package to just toss about. I also bought 2 that were made by AR7 Industries... NIB for $85 each delivered... haven't tried them out yet
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