Buy Henry Frontier 22 Magnum Evil Roy Lever Action Octagon Heirloom Rifle w/ Large Loop Online
Henry Repeating Arms has collaborated with Gene Pearcey, more widely known as “Evil Roy”, the Overall World and National Cowboy Action Champion and Hall of Fame member, to manufacture the Henry Frontier Carbine “Evil Roy” Edition.“I wanted a great looking short, lightweight but accurate .22 rifle which would meet all my personal needs. Henry Repeating Arms President Anthony Imperato and I have created just such a rifle with the Henry Frontier 22 “Evil Roy Edition”. It features a short octagon barrel, fully adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sight with beaded front sight, a grooved receiver for easy scope mounting, smooth trigger release, and a medium stock length suitable for both adults and kids.
The silver receiver and barrel band with a large loop lever make it a complete package. Perfect.” – Evil Roy. Like stagecoaches, swinging saloon doors and Pony Express riders, there are many innovations of the Old West that have long faded from use and live on only in Western movies and history books.But there are still a few frontier staples that were so effective and ahead of their time that they remain in use today. Take, for instance, the intimidating octagonal barrels commonly found on the repeating rifles of that period. These heavy-duty workhorses sported added mass and extra weight to aid in heat absorption, making them the forerunners to the bull barrels used on modern target and varmint rifles.So as a tip of our Stetson in honor of this timeless barrel style.
You can also opt for the 24″ barrel option to really tighten up those groups at the range. We rounded out this traditional look with an easy-to-adjust Marbles semi-buckhorn rear sight with a diamond insert and a highly visible brass beaded front sight seated in standard 3/8″ dovetail slots. A metal barrel band secures both the barrel and the high-capacity tubular magazine to the highgrade American walnut stock.If you prefer a more modern look, the receiver is grooved so you can top off any rifle in this line with your choice of scopes. Both the stock and forearm are crafted of the same richly grained hand-finished American walnut typically found on rifles costing up to three times as much.
Like all the Henry Repeating Arms rifles, the Henry Frontier 22 Magnum uses American walnut furniture, giving the rifle a rich, dark appearance. The aluminum alloy receiver’s finish is a dark matte that goes quite nicely with the real feature on this rifle, the barrel. The 20 inch octagonal barrel’s deep blue finish is lovely to look at, but is also functional. The brass bead front sight pairs nicely with the elevation-adjustable rear sight. Additionally, the rear buckhorn style sight has a white diamond to aid aiming.
Henry Frontier 22 Magnum is my favorite cartridge, hands down. Counting the Henry Frontier Model, I have four guns chambered in 22 Winchester Magnum, including a Heritage Barkeep model. My first gun was a 22 Magnum, a Marlin 25M bolt action rifle, a gift from my father. I passed that rifle on to my oldest nephew. I have a memory from my teenage years about that rifle that really stuck with me.My friend and I were shooting at a range in the SoCal foothills, him with a .54 caliber muzzleloader and me with my “puny” .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire. Our target was a mild steel plate that his fat, slow roundballs splattered on. Meanwhile, the 40 grain FMJ from my rifle, at around 1800 FPS blasted divots out of the steel plate. I was young, I didn’t know you shouldn’t shoot some steel with rifles, and in retrospect I feel bad about that. Regardless, that was the beginning of my 22 Magnum love affair.
Whenever I review a gun I always try to establish objective criteria to base the review on. My limited supply of 22 Mag ammo also forced my hand a bit in this review. So, for this review I wanted to focus on practical uses of the rifle inside of 50 yards.Loading the Henry Frontier is easy, simply remove the tube under the barrel and drop cartridges in the loading port on the magazine tube. Henry’s website says the lever action holds 12 rounds, I found you can fit 13 in there. The lever action itself is lovely. The throw is short, the movement is smooth, and it has that undeniably satisfying tactile feel to it. As mentioned above, the brass bead sight contrasts well with the buckhorn sights, making practical accuracy out to 50 yards possible.
To test the Henry lever action 22 Magnum’s practical accuracy, I performed two drills. The first was firing three shots off-hand at 25 yards (after verifying the rifle’s zero). As you can see from the image above, all three stayed in the black on a B8 target. The second drill was what’s called a “walk-back” drill on an 8 inch steel target. Starting at 10 yards I fired one shot, then took five steps backwards. You stop walking back when you miss. In this case, I reached the end of the 50 yard bay before I missed. we replaced the standard round barrel normally used on our world-famous .22 LR and .22 Magnum rifles with a classic 20″ octagonal model, like those favored by the cowpunchers, lawmen, homesteaders and outlaws who blazed the trail westward across America.
Of course, in this modern age of 30-round semi-auto rifles, why even buy a lever action in 22 Magnum? Well, first off, why not? Guns are cool, and as I mentioned in my ACE Farley Slipjoint review, not every gun or knife has to be for something. That being said, I actually think this is a very practical rifle for a number of reasons. It would be a great first rifle for a new shooter to learn the fundamentals of sight alignment and trigger control. If you live in a rural area, the .22 WMR cartridge is powerful enough for animals up to coyote in size, which we all know are a problem. With the right projectile it’s perfectly capable of harvesting small game without destroying the meat. It’s also capable of vaporizing squirrels with a different projectile, if you’re into that sort of thing. Plus, at less than 7 pounds fully loaded, you’re never going to be bothered by this rifle’s weight.
For me, it’s also fun. After I finished testing the rifle for reliability and accuracy, I ran a plate rack with this lever action 22 Magnum until the 20 inch octagonal barrel was too hot to touch. That was a lot of fun. In fact, that might have been the most fun I had all day. It also had testing value that you can run this rifle pretty hard and it will keep going.Really, if there’s one complaint I have about the Henry Frontier Model 22 Magnum, it’s that I can’t compete with it. For some reason, 22 Magnum isn’t legal for Cowboy Action Shooting or Steel Challenge, so there’s no venue to test the rifle in a competitive environment.
I love competition shooting, and I’m always looking for matches to shoot my guns in. That being said, this gun, like all my other 22 Magnums doesn’t really need to be tested in a competitive environment. If I want to do something challenging with it, I’ll take the Henry lever action small game hunting, and test my marksmanship skills against some rabbits.The Henry Frontier 22 Magnum is nice to look at, it’s fun to shoot, and it has practical value. It’s affordable too, retailing for under $500. Sure, .22 WMR is more expensive than .22 LR, but it’s also cooler, right? If I was backpacking and wanted a light, handy rifle that could handle the dangers of South Carolina, this would be the one.
Evil Roy Specifications
- Model Number: H001TMER
- Action Type: Lever Action Repeater
- Caliber: .22 Magnum
- Capacity: 7 Rounds
- Length: 34.25 in.
- Barrel Length: 16.5 in.
- Weight: 5.5 lbs.
- Stock: American Walnut, LOP 13 in.
- Sights: Fully adjustable semi-buckhorn rear and beaded front sight
- Finish: Silver receiver and barrel band
- Features: Rate of Twist- 1:16 in.
- Scope- Receiver grooved for easy scope mounting
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