Troops With Henry Rifles

The Henry rifles these Illinois soldiers are holding were the models for some of the weapons that would be popular in the American West after the Civil War. They were not loaded at the muzzle. Metal cartridges holding the cap, gunpowder, and bullet were stored in a tube under the barrel. When the shooter pulled down a lever beneath the rifle's trigger, that movement threw out any used metal cartridge at the bottom of the barrel. When the lever was pulled back up, it inserted a new cartridge into the weapon from the tube beneath the barrel. The up-and-down movement of the lever also cocked the rifle. This meant the Henry could be loaded and fired repeatedly. This action led to these rifles being called repeaters.

Front blade sight Loading lever

Cylinder release tab

Six-shot chamber

Hammer

Front blade sight Loading lever

Cylinder release tab

Six-shot chamber

Hammer

Walnut grip

Trigger. Brass trigger guard

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