The Classic Lever Action .22 S/L/LR

February 18, 2020

Henry Rifles- H001 Lever Action Review

“This is the rifle that put Henry Repeating Arms on the map, energized the lever action market and resurrected the Henry name,” says Anthony Imperato, President and owner of Henry Repeating Arms. He continues, “Hitting the one-million-sold milestone validates that we have done something right.”

The H001 Classic Lever Action .22 is just that. A classic. It also happens to be one of the most popular .22’s on the market today. It shoots well, it looks great, and it’s remarkably affordable.

.22 Makes a Comeback

Henry Rifles- H001 Lever Action Review

Several years ago .22 ammunition went missing. It was hard to find, and when you did, it was way too expensive. Theories swirled, fingers were pointed, and .22 rifles across the country lay dormant. A sad time indeed. Was it the work of a handful of “ammo hoarders” who were buying it up by the pallet before it could even make it to the store shelf? Was the shortage controlled by the government? The stories grew wilder and wilder as the drought continued.

For one reason or another, the great .22 shortage of the 2010’s is behind us now and there’s never been a better time to own at least one lever action .22.

Why the H001?

The H001 is our base model lever action, but you still get real American Walnut stocks on the front and rear, a blued steel barrel, and an action smoother than rifles that cost three times as much money. It can hold 15 .22 LR’s or up to 21 .22 Shorts in the tube magazine, so it’s not exactly a slouch in the capacity department either.

It’s the perfect platform for backyard summertime plinking that the whole family can enjoy, and it weighs less than 6-pounds so even the youngsters won’t have that much trouble shouldering it. At the next family reunion or barbecue break out some aluminum cans, the H001, and a bunch of ammo. We can guarantee that you’ll run out of sunlight before the fun ends.

This rifle is all about value and proving that even the most basic lever action beats the rather monotonous semi-auto any day of the week when it comes to the “fun factor.”


Model Number
Action Type
Lever Action
.22 S/L/LR
15 LR/17 L/21 S
M.S.R. Price
Additional Specifications
Barrel Length
Barrel Type
Round Blued Steel
Rate of Twist
Overall Length
5.25 lbs.
Receiver Finish
Rear Sight
Fully Adjustable
Front Sight
Hooded Blade
3/8″ Grooved Receiver
Stock Material
American Walnut
Length of Pull
1/4 Cock
Best Uses
Target/Hunting/Small Game



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  • C. Steve Bergonzoni
    April 3, 2020

    I do love the way the H001 shoots, and it’s smooth action. That being said, I would be more than willing to pay extra for blued steel receiver, and I know others would as well. Otherwise Browning would not have the success they have with there lever action 22, and the Winchester 9422 wouldn’t command as much as it does. I do hope Henry considers introducing one. If not, we still love Henry rifles and am very very proud to own one.

  • Joseph Porta
    April 3, 2020

    what legal requirements are necessary to purchase lever action .22 rifle. what is the procedure? haven’t bought a weapon in over 40 years. please advise. Thank you for your time.

    • Bill M
      April 4, 2020

      Joseph, unless you live in a state that requires a waiting period to pick up a gun (like California), you just go to the gun store, do the background check, pay your money, and take your rifle home. The background check requires you to fill out a form indicating that you aren’t in the country illegally, a taker of illegal drugs, etc., etc. The gun store calls the Feds, who look you up to see if you’re not allowed to buy a gun, and if they give the all clear, you’re set. (Some big stores have the form online and the Fed check is done automatically.) If there’s a waiting period, you come back after that’s over to take delivery.

      You can order from an online retailer and they’ll deliver it to the local gun dealer you select (and the dealer will charge you $20-35 for doing the background check, etc.). Usually better to go directly to a local dealer that already stocks a good selection of Henry rifles.

      No one has tried to classify a Henry H001 or any other lever action as an “assault weapon” yet, so that’s not an issue. Obviously not a pistol, so there’s no need for a pistol permit or registration if required in your state.

      The Henry H001 is about the perfect rifle for a beginning shooter — or for one returning to shooting after 40 years!

  • Ronald Warren
    April 6, 2020

    Would not trade this rifle for any other model. Best 22 I ever owned

  • Kenneth Foxx
    June 4, 2020

    Why will the .22 shorts not go into the tube magazine the Henry says it takes S/L/LR but they will not go into magazine.

  • hydar khan
    August 24, 2020

    I am having some difficulties buying Ammo for my H001, Is the Winchester Super-X 22 Mag 40 grain FMJ works in my rifle? Also, I see Ammo for Rimfire and 22LR?



  • c J swanson
    September 21, 2020

    22 Henry Lever Action Review:
    Walnut: superb
    Price: No problem. Great value.
    Accuracy: superb
    Fit and Finish: work of art!
    Design innovation: Well…this is not a solid steel, old time blued rifle. Alloy metals and coating finishes are used. Seems durable. And really looks good.
    Buckhorn Sight: Dandy. Learn where it sights and hits with different ammo brands.
    Trigger: crisp and smooth
    Balance: Just fine. Smaller people will appreciate this rifle too.
    Disassembly: Well…learn the parts and proceed. Get proper fitting screwdrivers.
    Extraction? I had a few stuck cases. Do not gouge out with knife. Use 3/16 wooden rod down the barrel or cleaning rod to drive out stuck case.

    I cleaned bore vigorously with brush and used a jewelers file to lightly remove burrs around chamber edges. Suspect that in gun store…customers dry fired this rifle and peened edge of chamber. Do not dry fire this rifle. Keep chamber clean. Some 22 rounds produce a lot residue and can create a sticky bore.

    Overall…with a tad of tweaking on extraction issues….a solid and well deserved 10 of 10!

    My gratitude and compliments!

    Jeff Swanson