U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- A few of my all-time favourite weapons to shoot are lever-action rifles just like the Henry Frontier. One thing in regards to the completely analog, user-controlled mechanics of them simply makes the whole expertise simply that, an expertise. Sure, there are extra trendy, extra environment friendly firearms that outperform these weapons, however few can seize the magic of pinging a distant tin can with an old-school brass bead sight. In reality, once I’m not capturing one thing with an even bigger thump, the primary gun I attain for is my private Henry Frontier.
That gun specifically has seen hundreds of rounds fired by it with out a single hiccup and was my go-to squirrel/can slayer for almost a decade. I solely stopped utilizing it a lot once I bought an Revolutionary Arms rimfire suppressor. At which level, my outdated SIG 522 geared up with a pink dot and a factory-threaded barrel took over the Henry’s duties as pest-controller and enjoyable plinker. However that each one modified just a few months in the past when Henry Rifles launched their Frontier Threaded Barrel.
Henry Frontier Threaded Barrel
Because the identify suggests, the Henry Frontier Threaded Barrel is a model of the unique Henry Frontier with a threaded barrel – however the adjustments to the gun don’t cease on the muzzle. However first, we’ll go over the core options of the design, after which deal with all the brand new adjustments.
The Henry Frontier Threaded, like the usual Frontier, is a lever-action, journal tube-fed rifle chambered in 22lr. Regardless of this, the Henry can fireplace and feed 22 brief, 22 lengthy, and 22 lengthy rifle ammunition. Like almost all Henry Rifles, the Frontier Threaded makes use of a detachable journal tube that hundreds from the entrance. On this occasion, the tube has been shortened to accommodate a sound suppressor (or every other muzzle machine) as a full-length tube can be blocked by mentioned can.
Due to this, as a substitute of holding 16 rounds of twenty-two lengthy rifle ammo, the Frontier Threaded solely holds 10 rounds. Although this capability goes up if a shooter makes use of the shorter 22 brief rounds.
One other distinction from the usual Frontier rifle is the extra 4 inches of barrel bringing the entire to 24 inches. This lengthy barrel has three sensible results on the gun. Elevated sight radius for a extra exact sight image, elevated accuracy because the rounds are stabilized for longer, and oddly sufficient, decreased velocity for many rounds.
The final impact might sound damaging, however since this gun is designed to be suppressed, it truly makes the Henry Frontier terribly quiet. A lot so, that the hammer falling is louder than the shot itself with customary velocity rounds and a suppressor.
Heavy Octagonal Barrel
Talking of the barrel, the Frontier Threaded options the identical heavy profile octagonal barrel as different Frontier rifles, with the muzzle threaded to straightforward 1/2×28. This implies the Henry can make the most of any .223/5.56mm muzzle machine, although flash-hiders and compensators are principally pointless because the gun has subsequent to zero felt recoil or muzzle flash.
The barrel itself incorporates a 1:16 twist charge and contains buckhorn-style iron sights. The rear of which is adjustable for elevation, whereas the dovetailed entrance publish will be drifted for windage. The barrel and receiver each function what Henry calls a black end, however seems to be an all-weather sturdy semi-gloss paint. So if a shooter intends to make the most of a strong carbon solvent, they need to keep away from utilizing it on the exterior parts of the Henry as they might injury the end.
Again to the barrel, it’s made from metal whereas the receiver is constructed from Zamak 5, a Zinc alloy just like these used on older rimfire weapons. The distinction is that Zamak 5 incorporates a larger focus of copper to strengthen the fabric making it higher suited to precision machining in addition to resisting elongation.
And whereas zinc-alloys have gotten a foul popularity up to now, also known as, “pot metallic” in my expertise these Henrys are nonetheless very sturdy. A lot so, that my customary Frontier rifle has lasted 7 years and hundreds of rounds with no seen indicators of injury apart from fool marks the place the gun was dropped.
One factor value mentioning is that the Henry Frontier Threaded has principally two choices with regards to mounting an optic. A shooter can both have the receiver drilled and tapped for rings or 3/8in Weaver mounts can be utilized. That is very old style however goes a great distance in retaining the basic styling of the gun. Plus, most shooters by no means set up an optic of any selection on these weapons, so it’s not an enormous deal.
However if you happen to select to take action, take into account that mounts will probably be considerably restricted. The brilliant facet is that rings will be discovered simply each at native brick and mortar sporting items shops, or on-line. In both occasion, the rings themselves are very inexpensive. However the largest I may discover on brief discover solely accommodated 1in diameter scope tubes.
One fascinating and distinctive function in regards to the Henry Frontier Threaded that stems from the unique Henry rifles, is the tactic of loading the gun. The place many lever-action rifles function a side-gate that enables a shooter to prime off the journal tube a lot in the identical manner as a shotgun, the Henry hundreds from the entrance. By which, I imply the shooter removes the journal tube meeting by turning it 30 levels, then locations the rounds contained in the tube housing earlier than changing the meeting.
It sounds cumbersome, however in follow is definitely quicker than loading by a gate, however there are some drawbacks. For starters, it’s inconceivable to carry out a tactical reload and prime off the journal when it’s partially empty. Second, the shooter should place their arms in shut proximity to the muzzle to load the gun. Not a deal-breaker, however one thing to think about. This methodology of loading can also be accountable for the truncated journal capability, because the tube wants some further area to clear an hooked up sound suppressor.
Essentially the most succinct manner I can sum up how the Henry Frontier Threaded did, is to easily state that it utterly surpassed my expectations. By way of accuracy, the gun produced sub-MOA teams at 50 yards with match-grade ammunition – a really unbelievable feat! Reliability was simply as glorious, the Henry Frontier Threaded by no means encountered a single malfunction even once I alternated 22 brief and lengthy rifle rounds within the journal tube.
Regardless of being a considerably unconventional suppressor host, the Henry Frontier Threaded excels in that position. Between its glorious accuracy, whole reliability, and the way effectively it suppresses, the Henry Frontier isn’t only a nice suppressor host, it’s additionally a top-notch rifle. One which’s excellent for looking small sport, enjoyable plinking, and implying honing a shooter’s expertise with out burning by
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