Henry 1860

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Henry 1860 brass-frame - .44 Rimfire (RF).

The Henry 1860 rifle is a lever action, breech loading rifle. The first 400 of the 14,000 rifles made were produced with an iron frame instead of the commonly seen brass frame. Brass was added in late 1862 as production picked up. Henry rifles were far too expensive ($45 to $65 each) to be issued in large numbers during the Civil War (in comparison, a common Enfield Rifle cost $14). The copper rounds used 28 grains of black powder and cost 1.6 cents each (about four times the price of muzzle loading ammo); most were purchased by individual soldiers with their own money. Twelve thousand were produced from 1862 to 1865 and sales slowed when the war ended. A total of 110,000 1866 ("Yellow Boy"--side loading gate) Henry Rifles were made up to the introduction of the famous Winchester 1873 model. The "Yellow Boy" Henry is the one used in the film Silverado.



(1850s to 1866)

  • Type: Rifle
  • Caliber(s): .44 Rimfire
  • Weight: 9.25 lb (4.2 kg)
  • Length: 44.75 in (1,137 mm)
  • Barrel length(s): 24 in (610 mm)
  • Capacity: 16 round tube magazine
  • Fire Modes: Lever Action

The Henry 1860 has been used in the following films:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Jane Got a Gun Natalie Portman Jane Hammond 2016
Django Unchained Jamie Foxx Django 2012
Django Unchained Christoph Waltz Dr. King Schultz 2012
Crossfire (Les Insoumis) French policeman 2011
Cowboys & Aliens Raoul Trujillo Black Knife 2011
Cowboys & Aliens gang members 2011
Cowboys & Aliens Apache warriors 2011
True Grit Josh Brolin Tom Chaney 2010
Seraphim Falls Liam Neeson Carver Iron Frame 2006
Desperation Vigilantes 2006
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins Sara Botsford Christine Lord 2004
Shanghai Noon Brandon Merrill Falling Leaves 2000
Last Stand at Saber River Tom Selleck Paul Cable cartridge conversion 1997
Mulholland Falls 1996
The Quest Dobbs' men May be a mocked up Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" 1996
Legends of the Fall Henry Thomas Samuel Ludlow 1994
Dances with Wolves Mary McDonnell Stands With a Fist 1990
Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner Lt. John Dunbar 1990
Night of the Living Dead Tony Todd Ben 1990
Silverado Danny Glover Mal 1985
Heaven's Gate Kris Kristofferson James Averill 1980
Heaven's Gate Jeff Bridges John L. Bridges 1980
True Grit Jeff Corey Tom Chaney 1969
How the West Was Won Henry Fonda Jethro Stuart 1962
The Paleface Bob Hope Peter 'Painless' Potter 1948
The Paleface Backwoodsman 1948


Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
Black Fox: Good Men and Bad Christopher Reeve Alan Johnson 1995
Deadliest Warrior Crazy Horse 2010
Firefly Doan Ly Emma "Heart of Gold" (S01E13) 2003
Lonesome Dove Robert Duvall Augustus "Gus" McCrae 1989
Lonesome Dove Tommy Lee Jones Woodrow F. Call 1989
Return To Lonesome Dove Timothy Scott Pea Eye Parker 1993


Title Character Note Date
Rango Buford Changes from Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" in (possibly intentional) continuity error 2011

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Outlaws 1997
Red Dead Revolver "High Caliber Rifle" 2004
Fallout 3 "Lincoln's Repeater" 2008
Darkest of Days "Henry Rifle" Incorrectly with gate-loader 2009
Red Dead Redemption "Henry Repeater" 2010
Red Dead Redemption II "Litchfield Repeater" 2018

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