Henry Collector Spotlight – Robert V.

March 9, 2020
Henry Rifles Blog Collectors Spotlight
1. How many Henry firearms do you currently own?

100. But don’t tell my wife.

2. When did you start collecting Henrys?

In 2012. My friend purchased one and brought it to deer camp. I had to have one. So while at deer camp, we went to the local small town gun store and I purchased my first, a Henry Golden Boy .22. Then for my birthday, my dad gave me a Henry Golden Boy .22 Mag. At that point I decided I needed the Golden Boy & Big Boy in every caliber offered. I didn’t discover the Tribute Editions until my wife (whose dad is a retired fireman) actually suggested we purchase the Firefighter Tribute at a benefit auction. I then became interested in the Tribute Editions because of the way their unique engraved features pay tribute to different causes, professions, etc.

3. What is it about Henry that made you want to start collecting them?

When I saw my friend’s rifle, I thought it was a really nice, good looking gun while still being reasonably priced. He then told me they are made here in the United States and the walnut wood comes from Missouri. From the few I started out with, I had already admired how the wood grain markings were different in every gun. Knowing some of the walnut comes from my home state made me like the Henrys even more. I told my wife they are great investments (which I do believe) and it builds our retirement fund, but she’s not entirely convinced yet. She knows I wouldn’t sell any.

4. Do you collect anything else?

At one time I owned a 1929 Chevrolet and I like classic muscle cars. I gave up on this type of collection because they require more space and funds, and it would be much easier for my wife to figure out how many I have.

5. If you had to pick one favorite Henry from your collection which would it be?

The Henry Original Silver Deluxe Engraved .44-40. I really like the engraving and the patriotic details representing the Civil War era of the ‘Original’ rifle. This one is also special to me because only 1,000 of them were made and Anthony helped me obtain Serial Number 100 when I placed the order.

6. What was the last Henry you added to your collection?

The Henry Big Boy God Bless America Edition .44 Mag/Spl.

7. If you could design the next Henry rifle or shotgun what would it be?

I would design a brass Single Shot Over/Under in .22 and .410. So it would actually be a rifle AND a shotgun.

8. If you could go to the shooting range with any one person, alive or dead, real or fictional, who it would be?

Besides going with Anthony Imperato, I’m struggling to pick. It would probably be someone from the Wild West Era. I’ve always been interested in the history of the Wild West. I enjoy a good outlaw shoot-out story and stories about well-known shooters who performed in Wild West Shows like Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, etc.

9. Do you hunt? If so, what’s your favorite season? If not, have you ever eaten wild game like venison or quail?

Yes. I’m not necessarily a fanatic hunter, but I do enjoy deer season and hunting small game.

10. What advice would you give to anyone looking to grow a Henry collection like yours?

I don’t really have advice, because I feel like my collection kind of ‘just happened’. I am very thankful I’ve been able to grow my collection to this size. I didn’t start out with collecting in mind, and when purchasing a new Henry I don’t do it just to show how many I have. Even though I don’t shoot all of the guns in my collection, I truly enjoy each one that I own. Spending time to research the models I don’t (yet) have and cleaning the ones I do have, is a way for me to de-stress from a rough day or week. That’s what collecting is all about, doing something that brings a little bit of happiness into life. My family and friends are a big part of building my collection. They know this is what I enjoy. I have friends that are always on the lookout to help me find another Henry and the most special and favorite Henry’s in my collection are the ones that are gifts from family.

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4 Comments
  • Bill M
    April 13, 2020

    If you give every Henry you own a light application of gun oil once per year (besides cleaning and oiling after firing), then you have to attend to at least one of your Henrys every three or four days. That’s a nice opportunity to get reacquainted regularly with all of your babies!

    Collections such as yours argue against storing all of one’s firearms in a gun safe, a practice that is widely advocated, and even required in some locales. The tradition of having firearms readily available for use, as long as kids and untrained adults are prevented from playing with them, is a long one in America, and maybe more important nowadays than ever.

    I don’t see any scopes mounted, so you’re a purist! Scopes are practical, (I have one on my .22 mag Henry) but I think they kind of spoil the historical look of a Henry lever action.

  • Gary Talley
    April 4, 2021

    I started collecting Henrys in 1997 with my first H001, then a year later i purchased a 22 Golden Boy. This particular Golden Boy had a small defect in the brasslite. I called Henry and spoke with a person at their New York factory. I ended up speaking with who I thought was probably a tech or engineer. He told me to send it back to the company and put his Name on the outside of the carton. He gave me his name, Anthony Imperato. I asked him who he was and he said” I own the company”. I have never looked back. Over the years i have continued to purchase Henrys to to point i have turned one room of my home into the HENRY ROOM. Also over the years, i have continued the relationship with Mr. Anthony. I can’t even begin to tell to the number of Henry gifts I have received.
    I will continue to purchase Henrys as long as I can. Thank toy Mr Anthony and your staff at the New Jersey plant ant especially Lara and Dee at the Wisconsin plant.

  • Gary Talley
    April 4, 2021

    I started collecting Henrys in 1997 with my first H001, then a year later i purchased a 22 Golden Boy. This particular Golden Boy had a small defect in the brasslite. I called Henry and spoke with a person at their New York factory. I ended up speaking with who I thought was probably a tech or engineer. He told me to send it back to the company and put his Name on the outside of the carton. He gave me his name, Anthony Imperato. I asked him who he was and he said” I own the company”. I have never looked back. Over the years i have continued to purchase Henrys to to point i have turned one room of my home into the HENRY ROOM. Also over the years, i have continued the relationship with Mr. Anthony. I can’t even begin to tell to the number of Henry gifts I have received.
    I will continue to purchase Henrys as long as I can. Thank tyou Mr Anthony and your staff at the New Jersey plant and especially Lara and Dee at the Wisconsin plant.

  • Craig Crawford
    June 21, 2021

    Just getting my first Henry for my 59th birthday. A friend of mine has one and I loved shooting it. Not sure how big my collection might get on a fireman’s pension but here we go. My first Henry is going to be golden boy 22 custom engraved. I’ll keep you posted on progress. Thank you Bella for getting me started.