The Vandalia Bicentennial committee will be offering limited special edition commemorative Henry rifles to the public, for anyone interested in a collectors grade rifle, family heirloom or gift.
The commemorative rifles will include three models. Those models include the Henry Standard, Henry Golden Boy and Henry Big Boy.
The rifles are being built by Rocky Mountain Firearms. Located in Johnstown Colo., Rocky Mountain Firearms is a small family-owned business that has been producing special edition firearms for 17 years.
Growing up in South Dakota helps the company understand the importance of the history in small communities and what it means to the people who live there. It has built several other special edition rifles in Illinois.
Some of the proceeds of the rifle sales will be donated to the Bicentennial Committee.
Henry rifle history: Benjamin Tyler Henry invented the first practical, lever-action repeating rifle. The Henry rifle, patented in 1860, gave a single man the firepower of a dozen marksmen armed with muzzle loading muskets. The rifle changed the outcome of several engagements in the Civil War.
The Henry rifle would go on to play a significant, if not dominant role in the frontier days of the American West. It would soon become one of the most legendary, respected and sought after rifles in the history of firearms. A contemporary collection isn’t complete without a Henry rifle.
Available from Rocky Mountain Firearms will be the Henry Standard. The .22-caliber rifle will have a blued receiver and round barrel. Only 10 of the Standard rifles will be available, and each gun will be engraved with the number in the series. The Henry Standard will sell for $699.
The Henry Golden Boy has a brass finished receiver and octagon barrel. It, too, is .22-caliber. There will be 25 of these available, and each will sell for $895.
The Henry Big Boy is a large bore rifle, and only 10 of these will be offered.
It comes with an octagon barrel and can be ordered in four calibers, including 357magnum, 41 magnum, 44 magnum, and 45LC calibers.
It, too, comes with a brass finished receiver. It sells for $1,495.
The right side of the butt stock includes an engraved image of the Illinois Statehouse from 1819-39 and the Madonna of the Trail Monument. The left side butt stock includes the official Bicentennial logo.
The right side pistol grip includes an image of the Fayette Count Museum from 1868, and also the rifles individual gun number. This will be the actual number the customer picks of the edition along with the total number being produced.
Example – Standard rifle only 10 available will be numbered. 1 of 10, 2 of 10, 3 of 10 etc. Left side pistol grip will include a Conestoga wagon, representing the Cumberland Road 1806. Also the Little Brick House 1860, is included on the left side.
The right side forearm stock includes, horse drawn plow as a tribute to family farms, and also the USS VANDALIA 1828, 18 gun sloop-of-war, from the US Navy.
This sailing ship was named after Vandalia, Ill. The left side includes the Fayette County Courthouse 1859.
Those wishing more information or to purchase one or more of the commemorative Henry rifles should contact Brian Nesby by phone (888.742.4867 or 970.231.3050). Orders are taken in the order they are received.
This is a limited edition offering. When they are sold out, no more will be made.