Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Name That Gun!

Here's a rifle that I've been thinking about adding to my collection. My next piece is going to be a historical rifle, and this rifle is one of the finalists.

Can anyone name it? Here's your hint: In the Civil War, it was referred to by the Rebels as "that damned Yankee rifle that they load on Sunday and shoot all week". Give up? The answer is below the jump.

 It's the original Henry Rifle, designed in 1860 by Benjamin Tyler Henry. It was one of the first rifles to demonstrate the advantage of being able to fire multiple times without having to reload.

In local firearm related news, here's a piece from Carolyn Callahan of WIS, outlining how some of the owners of bars in Five Points are posting signs prohibiting CWP in their establishments, in an attempt to make Five Points a safer place.

I certainly respect the decisions of individual owners to prohibit concealed carry in their establishments, but if they think it's going to do anything to solve the problem of crime in Five Points, they're just fooling themselves. That's ok, though. Everyone is entitled to do what they want. I can't imagine that many of the people who go to Jake's, Pavlov's, or The Bird Dog are CWP holders. Accordingly, these signs are going to prohibit people who aren't there to begin with. Which reminds me of an old joke.

An old man in the South Carolina low-country is sitting on the front porch tapping a stick against the wooden railing every few minutes while he enjoys relaxing on a nice spring day. His five-year-old grandson comes up to him and asks him why he's tapping the stick on the porch railing. He tells his grandson that he's keeping the grizzly bears away, since they hate the sound of a stick tapping on a railing. His grandson says that's silly, there aren't any grizzly bears in this part of the country. His grandpa says, "Exactly, see how well this works"?


  1. Hampton's RedshirtApril 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    What is more interesting to those of us with roots in South Carolina is the role the Henry played in the Deliverance of South Carolina in 1876.
    People strut around as Sons of Confederate Veterans - but can you clearly identify any of your lineage who were Redshirts? Do you know just what they did? "Storm Hell for Hampton !"

  2. Without Googling -- Henry repeating rifle?