Lever Action Carbines for Defense and Survival

Check Out This Article From OutdoorHub.com

March 31, 2020

Big Boy X Model – Photo credit: Justin Holt

Terry Nelson with OutdoorHub.com recently published an article that explores the topic of using lever action carbine rifles for defense and survival scenarios. In this article, he reviews both the Big Boy Steel Carbine in .357 Mag/.38 Spl (H012MR) and the Big Boy X Model .44 Mag/.44 Spl (H012X) and provides his thoughts on the functionality from a practical defense perspective.

If you don’t yet own a pistol caliber lever action carbine, these make fantastic choices due to their versatility. With the right load, these firearms can do it all from hunting, protecting, and pairing well with your favorite revolver in the same caliber.

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  • Bob Goidnough
    April 1, 2020

    Please build us a 9mm pcc all weather rifle! You will take the prepped world by storm.
    I’ll buy your first 3.

    • David Nichols
      April 1, 2020

      A 9mm lever action would be very neat. I love Henry products they are well built I own a long ranger and love it.

      • Jerry l Welch
        April 3, 2020

        Great idea! The Luger round would be a great designation to a Henry rifle.

    • Jonathan Hamilton
      April 1, 2020

      That is an awesome idea!

      • Mike
        April 2, 2020


        If your in a movie or tv show.

        This is a great way to get butchered in the real world.

        Keep hanging onto guns you like because a romance you had with a fictional character though.

        • Chuck haggard
          April 3, 2020

          I bet you are fun at parties and Christmas. Way to crap on everybody with your BS opinion.

          • Kenneth Bennett
            April 3, 2020

            Count me in on a 9

        • Phil
          April 3, 2020

          First rule of a gun fight, have a gun. A pistol caliber lever gun is fast and accurate to 100yds. How many people do you know who can correctly fire and control an M4 in full auto? One hit is better than 30 misses!!

        • Randy Hudson
          May 15, 2020

          How many folks have you had to mow down in your real world.

      • Roger White
        April 3, 2020

        In this email with the walnut short barreled lever action, I was wondering does Henry have the leather rifle sling and leather cartridge butt stock for sale or where can can I contact the vendor who makes this accessory for Henry. Thank you

        • Chris Smith
          April 3, 2020

          Fiddleback outpost

    • Victor Craig
      April 2, 2020

      I own 30 Henry rifles. 5 are the New Henry original’s. I won’t buy anything else.

      • E X Gunn
        April 2, 2020

        Waiting for 45 ACP

    • Mark Harmes
      April 2, 2020

      I’m thinking of ordering the Big Boy Steel in .327 Federal Magnum to go with my Charter Arms snubbie. In the same caliber. Also looking to add a full size revolver in that caliber.

      • Bob Funk
        April 2, 2020

        Yes a 9mm lever action, sized to Winchester 94. Will take 2 ASAP

    • Michael
      April 2, 2020

      9mm or 357 Yes and make it a side gate loader that will sell off the charts.

      • Chas
        April 3, 2020

        Big Boy X Model…comes in .357/.38 spec and .45 Colt…also .44 mag/.44 spec….and a side loader…new and rare right now…

        • Smitty
          October 9, 2020

          Just picked up my new Henry Big Boy X in 44 mag… my dream gun!! An incredible gun in every way

    • Ian Madge
      April 2, 2020

      I’m puzzled as to why the most usful cartridge in a short carbine, the 10mm, isn’t widely available as an option to the several companies offerings in 9mm. The 10mm stretches the usfulness of a survival carbine to medium game like deer, yet with hard ball can still serve small game need. Finaly it provides much better protection against toothy critter dangers.

      • Daniel
        April 2, 2020

        the Henry big boy is available in 41 magnum which has the same performance as the 10mm. but with the rimmed casing it’s better served in a lever action

      • Jeff
        April 3, 2020

        The .41 magnum up forms to 10 mm by over 300 ft./s with the same 180 grain bullet according to multiple reloading manuals that I’ve checked. So for performance, a .41 mag is far better. That said if you want to match the ammunition handgun to rifle a 10 mm might be an interesting choice.

    • jesus eduardo De Souza Amexis
      April 2, 2020

      Son lindas las armas Henry.

    • Art
      April 3, 2020

      Would LOVE a 9mm All Weather with side load! If truly using it in “all weather” it’s a bit tough to reload in rain or snow when you have to undo and reload the ammo tube than to reload via side load. Just makes more sense with speed, efficiency and less potential debris getting in the tube in dirty or muddy conditions. Plus, 9mm would match my sidearm, so savings on ammo!

    • Mirza Baig
      April 3, 2020

      I’ll buy it too

    • Tim Starkey
      April 3, 2020

      Or a 9mm Golden Boy! I’d pay just to get on the waiting list for that. I’ve been sniffing around for a Ruger PC carbine, but it would be so ugly sitting there next to my Henry.

    • Jon Kohler
      April 3, 2020

      I would buy one immediately also…!

      • Dave Bryant
        August 28, 2020

        A 9mm lever action rifle would be a great addition to the Henry family. I would buy two

    • Gary Long
      October 8, 2020

      Make a 16″, 9mm, gate feed, threaded barrel, 9mm and im all in.

  • James Dross
    April 1, 2020

    Please consider the lever action. 410 with the half ounce slug. Mine hits hard at 75 yards.

  • Stephen's Fitzgerald
    April 1, 2020

    Fantastic firearms. I could not believe how smooth and accurate the 22 lever action is. I will probably purchased the 44 mag rifle.

    • Cody
      April 1, 2020

      Craftsmanship at its finest

    • John Jones
      April 1, 2020

      I have a 44 mag level rifle its a marlin and I have had it for sometime it’s accurate at 100 yards a 5 shot in a 3 inch And I have taken a few big deer in West Virginia mountains one shot placement. I used to hunt with a handgun S/M 8 1/2 inch barrel and getting older I could not handle the recoil so I bought the rifle I hand load most of my ammunition so I think that you would like the 44 mag rifle not a lot of recoil and fun to shoot!

  • Kelley
    April 1, 2020

    I shoot a 270 and would like to be able to buy a Henry. Already have the 22, 22mag and the 357. Awesome guns.

  • Phil Drewery
    April 1, 2020

    If they don’t own one, they should. Get it now not after it’s to late. I’m a Henry owner, for several years. Great rifle.

    • Vincent Renaldi
      April 1, 2020

      I totally agree with you, matching weapons same caliber, don’t see much in 38 special

    • Mike Panter
      April 2, 2020

      I use the 357 magnum Lever action to hunt caribou and moose. Has never let me down yet

  • Oscar Gutierrez
    April 1, 2020

    Can’t find any Henry rifles in California where can I order a HO12MR

    • Bill
      April 2, 2020

      Oscar, if you live in SoCal, particularly Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley there is a gun store in Temple City about 10 min southeast of Pasadena that is a Gold star Henry dealer. It’s called The Firing Pin.
      But they may be all out at this time because of that Covid 19 panic.

  • Haty
    April 1, 2020

    I 2nd that idea/ suggestion!

    9mm lever action or 45ACP WITH THREADED BARREL!!


  • Robert Michael Morris
    April 2, 2020

    Send information

  • David John
    April 2, 2020

    Yes a lever action 9mm. would be a good rifle to have. I own a Henry 22cal. lever action and it is such a well made firearm and it has such a smooth lever action. Very fun to shoot the rimfire.

    April 2, 2020

    I would really like to see you offer the .444 Marlin I have several of your rifles and love them

  • Kenneth Leu
    April 2, 2020

    Can you get this in a 223 cal.

    • Williycoyote
      April 2, 2020

      They don’t make flat .22 cal projectiles strong enough for the 223 pressure

  • Michael Feldsien
    April 2, 2020

    Do you manufacture a lever action for 7.62 mm amo?

  • Michael A. Brodine
    April 2, 2020

    Back in the day when I was a young family man living paycheck to paycheck my home defense gun was a Model 94 Win 30/30. Over the years that 30/30 carbine idea plagued me. Now at 79 that ole m-94 got retired long ago but now I’m replacing my S&W 357 wheel gun with a Henry in 30/30 carbine. I’ve tested, the carbine is easier handling than Revolvers or Pistols for an old man.

  • Ron Parker
    April 2, 2020

    I currently own 6 Henry rifles. I enjoy them all. My next Henry purchase will probably be 44 magnum, but I do like the idea if a pistol caliber.

    • Emanuel Adamache
      April 2, 2020

      Don’t let the idea of a pistol caliber fool you. Due to the longer barrel of rifles, a pistol bullet will have considerable more muzzle velocity than you would get in a revolver. Yes, it’s the same cartridge but that bullet is flying out of there much faster. Look up Paul Harrell on YouTube where he demonstrates the differences. He’s very professional and trustworthy.

      • Emanuel Adamache
        April 2, 2020

        I apologize for my comment. I misread the last sentence. My apologies!

    April 2, 2020

    What brass polish cleaner do y’all recommend I use on my Big Boy?


  • Max
    April 2, 2020

    $940.00 dollars seems a lot. I could buy a moss berg shotgun and a bolt action rifle

  • Tim Aldrich
    April 2, 2020

    I am calling today to get a Lever action 4-10

  • Ned studholme
    April 2, 2020

    I love my Henry carbine in 357 mag, and the combo is a handloaders dream.

    By far the best Henry for defense and survival however is the Long Ranger in 308 win, IF one is a handloader. The flexibility, reliability and accuracy is unmatched.

    • Gordon oliver
      April 2, 2020

      What are your thoughts on 30-30 winchester

      • Rick P.
        April 3, 2020

        The 30-30 has probably taken more white tail deer in Pennsylvania than any other caliber. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen revolvers made in 30-30, by Magnum Research of IWI. I’m pretty sure it was from Israel.

    • pete orlando
      May 25, 2020

      i have 2 Henry’s a 22 yellow boy and a 44mag big boy. while the workman ship on both guns is amazing. i can’t hit the wall of a barn while inside with the doors locked with the 44 Mag
      i have tried all kinds of factory ammo.. my own reloads. and none of them can put a bullet in the same place twice.. even mounted in a gun rest the best group is 12 inches
      the best group i ever got was with 180grn rn . and that was 10 inchs at 50 yrds.
      i, bought this rifle brand new about 4 or 5 yrs ago and spent all this time trying to find a load that will work.
      all this testing was at 50 yrds
      anyone have any ideas beside sending it back to Henry.
      the 22 by the way will keep a 1.50 inch group with anything i feed it the bigboy is misserable .. i’m so disappointed

  • CV
    April 2, 2020

    Consider the supersonic calibers in a lever action box mag fed of 10 rd capacity

  • Thomas.r. Chaput
    April 2, 2020

    I am very interested in a couple of your rifles please send me a catalog

  • Keith morgan
    April 2, 2020

    How to purchase these rifle

  • Daniel Hanson
    April 2, 2020

    A 9mm lever action would be high on my list if not number one of rifle purchases I would make in the future.
    You folks make awesome firearms

  • Randy
    April 2, 2020

    Please , Please and Please make a carbine in 500 S&W mag!!

  • Tyler
    April 2, 2020

    If Henry wants to compete in the market they need to offer 9mm Luger,.40 S&W or .45 ACP carbine. Having the old straight wall calibers are in line with the 21st century audience.

  • Bill Ward
    April 2, 2020

    Why all the nonsense about defense and survival? Adding to the fear and parinoyia the country is already suffering from is not helpful. Do better.

    • Frank
      April 7, 2020

      The fact that you think self defense and survival are NONSENSE speaks volumes.

  • Randy Allen Lugenbell
    April 2, 2020

    send catalog

  • Tony
    April 2, 2020

    9mm, 357 and 10mm with side gate..
    I’ll take one of each

  • Paul
    April 2, 2020

    Henry Big .45 lc and .45 LC ssa revolver , what a pair

  • Paul
    April 2, 2020

    I am next in line for Henry lever action 9mm rifle .

  • Lazaro Luna
    April 2, 2020

    Love my 357/38 rifle golden boy

  • Tony Foresta
    April 2, 2020

    Don’t own one yet, but always admired your beautiful weapons.



  • Jon Smith
    April 2, 2020

    I have a Mares Leg 44cal. Love it

  • Les Heywood
    April 2, 2020

    I own 3 Henry lever action rifles a 22, a 30-30, and a 45lc I have not been able to buy the hornady 45 LC ammunition I prefer to shoot in my lever action Henry’s but the two I have been able to shoot are incredible guns. I would like to add a 44 to my collection but will have to wait with all that is going on and saving g money right now. Thank you Henry for making such a quality gun! Les Heywood

  • Walter Murray
    April 2, 2020

    I would love to see a lever action in 454 Causall or a S&W 500.

  • Ethal
    April 2, 2020

    I see you have been listening to people about having both side gate and tube loading, that is great news…..
    But, I want to know is will you Be making any 16” stainless steel.?
    How about 454-45lc in 16” SS??
    I would like that

  • Dallas Richardson
    April 3, 2020

    looking for a good buy on a HMR 17

  • raymond burns
    April 3, 2020

    I lived in Rice lake, for 2 years 303 hilltop drive will get a Henry one day for old time sake.

  • Robert Dahmes
    April 3, 2020

    I agree with the idea of a 9mm lever action rifle/carbine. There are lots of gun owners with 9mm pistols who would appreciate a well-made, reliable long gun in a caliber that allows to feed their pistol the same ammunition.

  • William Kohnke
    April 3, 2020

    From a tactical standpoint I’d like them better if they had a ghost ring rear sight mounted on the receiver and a large tang mounted safety that is disengaged by pushing it forward.

  • Steven Hall
    April 3, 2020

    Would love to see a 9 and a 40 in the future.

  • Thomas Poster
    April 3, 2020

    A classic reliable firearm of the highest quality.

  • Mindflayer
    April 3, 2020

    I have a .357 Magnum lever action from another manufacturer, but I handled a Henry at the gun store recently. Man, that case hardening coloration is amazing. It’s on the list.

  • H Mark Macha
    April 3, 2020

    RE: Big Boy X Model (.44 & .357)
    What is the metal finish coating. Is it rust resistant like my current three All Weather Henry rifles?

  • Chris Cayo
    April 3, 2020

    9mm x model would be awesome

  • jim sproule
    April 3, 2020

    I agree. A 9mm lever action would be great. I would buy immediately

  • Todd
    April 3, 2020

    I went pure cowboy for self defense. 45 long colt and 410 self defense. long guns, pistols, snake slayer, and derringer. Local gun shop questions my 410 choice but the pattern at 10 feet from the derringer would be a deterrent.

  • Grady Baggett
    April 3, 2020

    Carbine rifles look good. Any chance for a 9mm in the near future? My pistols are 9mm and don’t want to have to have separate ammo. Thank you,

  • Charles Eichman
    April 3, 2020

    There is no reason not to include a side loading gate on a pistol caliber rifle. It is faster, safer for defense, and with the loading tube also safer for unloading. However there are those of us who like the original walnut look and not the “tactical” look and should have this option. There should be a gun length that would handily fit ten rounds which would not be much longer. Has Henry thought of a “peep” sight for a “regular” gun as an option with a different front sight paired with it. These are wonderful guns to have when carried with a 357 S&W 686 or Ruger G100 seven shot revolvers.

  • Ben
    April 3, 2020

    I have inquired with Henry Repeating Arms my interest in the Henry AXE 410 and have requested making an Upper Receiver that Ejects Shell Casings on the Left Side to include Loading Chamber for Left Hand Firers.
    I am hoping, that CEO/Owner Mr. Anthony Imperado will consider this as a New Market Sales that Opens Henry Fire Arms to Lefthanded Firers.

    HENRY AXE 410 SOUTH PAW with S.B.R. Conversion Shoulder Stock
    I am anxiously readily waiting and looking forward to purchasing and Owning my very first HENRY as Home Defense Fire Arm ASAP, I will say this, my next purchase will be Henry .357 / .38 Spc. South Paw.

    • Pat
      April 3, 2020

      A 9mm lever action with an option for left handed people would be much appreciated!!!

      • Ben
        April 4, 2020

        Absolute)y, with Henry Repeating Arms opening the Lever Action Rifle market for Left Handed Firers will be very much appreciated!!

  • Glen Sojka
    April 3, 2020

    Henry firearms highest quality of workmanship money can buy

  • Floyd Mckenney
    April 3, 2020

    The surpresser (sp) your using, does it have to be cleaned often and if not, how many rounds can go through it before you have problems. Also, the one that you have on the gun in the picture with the fellow in camo, looks like it’s so big around that it’s covering the front sight. Am I looking at it wrong?

  • John
    April 3, 2020

    I wish Henry would make more rifles with synthetic stocks. They are so practical! Henry rifles are almost too beautiful to use. I would shoot mine more if I wasn’t so afraid of it getting scratched. It’s still in mint condition and I’m determined to keep it like that. A 9mm carbine would be awesome. I already own two, but a Henry 9mm carbine with a really nice synthetic stock would be a dream come true! Sign me up right now!

  • Robert Devincentis
    April 3, 2020

    Please send me information and availability of the new 2020 Big Boy .44 mag/ .44spl.
    Thank you

  • Michael Williams
    April 3, 2020

    Would love to see a 9mm lever action rifle, various stocks (wood to plastic) all weather! I will buy it immediately!

  • Michael Czepkiewicz
    April 3, 2020

    I just love,love,love the idea of a 44 mag/spl clambering from Henry. I want one.

  • lee gemaehlich
    April 3, 2020

    still believe the tried and true 870 pump,18 inbarrel withextended magazine ,is the combo to beat at my house

  • Stormy
    April 3, 2020

    I have 3 Henry levers. Sweet shooting and easy on the eyes. Absolutely beautiful weapons. A 38/357 to go with my S&W 686, a .44 spec/mag to go with my Dirty Harry special, and a 45/70 to go with nothin!! Magnum Research makes a 45/70 revolver, but I’ve got my ole hands full with the S&W Model 29.

  • Dick Pfaff
    April 3, 2020

    In reading through all of these comments a 9mm rifle seems to be in order or numerous orders. I had inquired about that caliber a few weeks ago. It seems like a lot of us are on the same page.

  • Steve Sparman
    April 3, 2020

    I have two big boys. A 45 & a 44 mag both very well made & very accurate. Can they be converted to side load ?

  • Philip Smith
    April 3, 2020

    Want to see the x model in 350 Legend

  • John Hetzel
    April 3, 2020

    I’m with these other guys…a 9mm Henry would be a world best seller instantly. You can put in my order now!

  • Tim Bigelow
    April 3, 2020

    Now make a 327 federal with a side loading gate and a 12 inch length of pull and I will be right there.

  • Mark
    April 3, 2020

    I would love to see them in bigger calibers too like the 500 s&w or 460 Ruger but would be neat in 10 mm or 45 auto ..

  • Proud vet
    April 4, 2020

    I have done this for years. It just those with rifles again they are right but it’s nothing new for someone who thinks out-of-the-box!

  • Freddie Sears
    April 4, 2020

    that is a great looking rifle

  • Rick Anderson
    April 4, 2020

    Go with that Henry X model in 44 magnum with a can on it; it will take care of any 2 legged predators and will serve as a good medium range deer rifle. Don’t have to use a really hot load if you don’t want to; that .44 bullet puts a nice, big hole in whatever it hits! Great setup, and you can get by with one rifle this way, if you’d like.

  • Larry Willis
    April 4, 2020

    I received my new Henry Long Ranger in .223/5.56 and I am very pleased with this rifle. Looks good, feels great in my hands and I’m
    anxious to shoot this rifle. The checkering is really nice and the lever action is smooth just like what you should expect from a Henry. Should be a great varmint gun. As soon as I can get my hands on some good .223 ammo I will enjoy a day at the range.

    All I need now is a gun case and I’m all set.

  • Ben Almandres
    April 4, 2020

    Absolute)y, with Henry Repeating Arms opening the Lever Action Rifle market for Left Handed Firers will be very much appreciated!!

  • Stu
    April 5, 2020

    I own a Henry Golden Boy .22 & prefer it over my Ruger 10-22. It forces you to focus & enjoy every shot because you have to do more than just pull the trigger. I would also buy a 9mm Henry in a heart beat . I own several 9mm pistols & carbines and I don’t want more than 2 types of bullet caliber ammunition. I am of the simple belief that a well placed shot from either of these calibers is enough to at least change the mind of a “predator”, if not ruin their day. For me, my shooting time is focused on killing empty beer cans or flying clay pigeons.

  • William Sauer
    April 7, 2020

    The email I received showed a sound suppressor on one of your carbines, are these models set up for the attachment and does Henry manufacture sound suppressors? I ask because I have hearing issues. Thank you.

    April 8, 2020

    How much are the bigger loop levers for a big boy

  • Jon Kohler
    April 15, 2020

    Yes please…a 9mm all weather rifle like the X series and I would buy a pair right away…! Thanks for the side loaders, ordering one soon can’t wait for my catalog my friends AR rocks!

    April 30, 2020

    can i buy directly from you

  • Ryan Kipp
    May 27, 2020

    Yes I agree with all these comments, a lever action threaded 9mm would be amazing and nobody else has made one!!

    • Ryan Kipp
      May 27, 2020

      Actually while you’re at it, make a bolt action as well, and why not make it a takedown.. probably would become the best selling rifle of all time..

  • John O'Connor
    July 12, 2020

    Question back in May I asked my local dealer to find me a big boy X model in 38/357 mag.
    Not knowing at the time that your plant was shut down. They couldn’t find one, so I asked them to order me one. Any idea when you will resume manufacturing them? I have since learned that your employee have been hard hit by this pandemic situation. My condolences to your employees families who have been effected.

  • Dana Mentgen
    July 14, 2020

    I am totally on board with a Big Boy X in 9mm. Henry, you build it and they will come.

  • Bill Topp
    July 18, 2020

    Add my name to the list for a 9mm lever.
    I shoot cowboy action –
    Would be a perfect companion piece to my two Ruger Vaquero 9mm convertible revolvers

  • Willaim A Baker
    July 21, 2020

    Are you ever going to produce a lever action side load 9mm carbine?

  • Glenn Mexico
    July 30, 2020

    I want a 350 lever action Old Henry
    Text or email me

  • Mustang
    August 2, 2020

    I would love to have a 9mm Henry lever action!

  • Doug Mitchell
    August 28, 2020

    9mm lever action rifle?

  • Tim E Culbreth
    September 1, 2020

    Would love to see a Henry golden boy in 10mm.

    I own a 45 70 and 22mag and they are outstanding

  • Andrew
    October 11, 2020

    I would like to see a 9mm lever action as well as many others. Thank you.