The Original Henry

.44-40 WCF

Instruction Manual For All H011 Series Rifles

H011 Rifle Photo

WARNING: BEFORE USING FIREARM, READ AND FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS.If there is anything you do not understand, get help from someone qualified to teach the safe handling of firearms.

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The Henry Guarantee

We are confident that you’ll enjoy and be proud to own any of our Henry firearms, well known for their reliability, accuracy, handsome looks and smooth action.

Our goal has and always will be to manufacture a line of classic, well-crafted firearms that every enthusiast would find readily affordable.

We take great pride in manufacturing our shotguns in the United States, hence our corporate motto “Made in America, or Not Made at All”.

Thank you very much for spending your hard earned money to purchase a Henry. I certainly appreciate it and welcome you to the Henry family. As an owner of a Henry, you are backed by our lifetime warranty and my personal guarantee for 100% satisfaction. I will do what it takes to make certain you are happy with your purchase.

Sincerely,

Anthony Imperato
Henry Repeating Arms
Telephone: 201.858.4400

Simple Limited Lifetime Warranty

It is our promise to you that as long as you own your Henry firearm, it will be free from defects in material and workmanship from the manufacturer. If you have a problem with your Henry firearm, we will fix it at no charge to you. Henry Repeating Arms shall repair, send replacement parts or replace the firearm with a valid warranty claim. If a complete replacement is necessary, the original firearm will not be returned. Henry RAC will provide repairs or replacement at no charge, but will not offer cash, credit, or refund.

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE ON FIREARMS THAT HAVE BEEN ALTERED, ADDED TO, OR SUBSTANTIALLY CHANGED.

Removal of metal from the barrel, or modifications of the firing mechanism and/or operating parts, may lead to a refusal of service on such firearms. There will be a charge for parts and labor to return the firearm to original specifications.

DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ALTER THE TRIGGER, “SAFETY” OR OTHER PARTS OF FIRING MECHANISM OF THIS OR ANY OTHER FIREARM. FAILURE TO OBEY THIS WARNING MAY RESULT IN INJURY OR DEATH.

NOTICE: Henry RAC shall not be responsible for injury, death, or damage to property resulting from either intentional or accidental discharge of this firearm, or from its function when used for purposes or subjected to treatment for which it is not designed.

Whether or not you are experienced in the safe handling of firearms, we urge you to read this entire instruction manual carefully. You must follow the safety instructions for your safety and the safety of others. Should you have any questions concerning the instructions in this manual, please call us at 201-858-4400.

WARNING: If you have little or no experience in the safe handling and operation of a firearm, we strongly urge you to take a firearms safety course from an NRA Certified Instructor or someone with equivalent qualifications before using this or any other firearm. You can contact the NRA Firearms Education and Safety Division at 703-267-1470 for the name of an instructor in your area, or contact your firearms dealer, law enforcement agency or local sportsman’s club for training.

General Gun Safety Handling

Apply the following safety rules in every situation, with any kind of firearm:

ALWAYS TREAT EVERY FIREARM AS IF IT IS LOADED AND WILL FIRE.  Do not take anyone’s word that the firearm is unloaded – always check for yourself. Never pass your firearm to another person until the cylinder or action is open and you visually check that it is unloaded. Keep your firearm unloaded and safely stored when not in use.

ALWAYS BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS BEYOND. A bullet could travel through or past your target for up to 1½ miles.  Always be sure your backstop is adequate to stop and contain bullets before beginning target practice so that you do not hit anything outside the range shooting area.  If in doubt, don’t shoot! Do not fire randomly into the sky.

NEVER SHOOT ACROSS A HIGHWAY OR ANOTHER ROADWAY.

ALWAYS POINT YOUR FIREARM IN A SAFE DIRECTION.  NEVER point a firearm at anyone or anything you do not intend to shoot whether or not it is loaded. This is particularly important when loading, unloading, or field stripping the firearm. ALWAYS control the direction of the firearm; if it fires accidentally, injury, death, or damage to property can be avoided.

NEVER PLACE YOUR FINGER INSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD OR ON THE TRIGGER UNLESS YOU INTEND TO FIRE.  You should also take care to ensure that other objects do not touch the trigger.

NEVER USE ALCOHOL OR DRUGS BEFORE OR WHILE SHOOTING.  Your vision, motor skills and judgment could be dangerously impaired, making your gun handling unsafe to you and to others.  Further, do not use your firearm if you are on any medication which impairs, even slightly, your mental or physical ability.

ALWAYS SEEK A DOCTOR’S ADVICE IF YOU ARE TAKING MEDICATION. Be sure you are fit to shoot and handle your firearm safely.

NEVER SHOOT AT A HARD SURFACE SUCH AS A ROCK OR A LIQUID SURFACE SUCH AS WATER. A bullet may ricochet and travel in any direction to strike you or an object you cannot see, causing injury, death or damage to property.

NEVER DISCHARGE A FIREARM NEAR FLAMMABLE MATERIAL. Flame and sparks erupt from the firearm when discharged. They could start a fire or cause flammable liquids to explode.

ALWAYS BE AWARE OF POSSIBLE RISK FROM DROPPING YOUR FIREARM. Some parts of the mechanism could be damaged. You may not see the damage, but it could be severe. The firearm may discharge and cause injury, death, or damage to property. If your firearm has been dropped, have it examined by a competent gunsmith before using it again.

ALWAYS KEEP AND CARRY YOUR FIREARM EMPTY WITH THE HAMMER IN THE “SAFE” POSITION except when you intend to shoot, so that your firearm cannot be fired when you do not intend to fire it.

NEVER CROSS OBSTACLES SUCH AS FENCES OR STREAMS WITH A LOADED FIREARM. Always make certain your firearm is unloaded before crossing a fence, climbing a tree, jumping a ditch or approaching other obstacles.

NEVER TRANSPORT A LOADED FIREARM. Keep all firearms unloaded during transport, even when stored in a holster, gun case, scabbard or other container.

NEVER WALK, CLIMB, OR FOLLOW A COMPANION WITH YOUR FIREARM COCKED AND READY TO FIRE. When hunting, hold your firearm so that you can always control the direction of the muzzle.

NEVER LEAVE A LOADED FIREARM UNATTENDED. Someone, especially a child, may fire it and cause injury, death, or damage to property.

ALWAYS INSTRUCT CHILDREN AND NON SHOOTERS TO RESPECT FIREARMS. If you teach your children to shoot or get them trained by a qualified instructor, be certain they know how to use the firearm properly and always supervise them closely. Always stress safety so that your children or others will not fire a rifle when or where it is unsafe to do so.

Ammunition Selection

Henry RAC Firearms are designed to function with a variety of brands and types of factory-manufactured ammunition in the appropriate caliber but not all ammunition produces the same result. Henry RAC recommends that after you read and understand this manual, you go to the range and fire different ammunition which is appropriate to the caliber of your firearm. Once you find the ammunition which functions best, keep using it. Especially when cutting-edge reliability and accuracy are vital to you. When sighting your rifle, shoot a group to determine point of impact on the target. Then make incremental adjustments to center the point of impact on the target bullseye.

Range and Shooting Cautions

ALWAYS DESIGNATE A KNOWLEDGEABLE AND RESPONSIBLE PERSON TO BE IN CHARGE TO MAINTAIN SAFETY CONTROL WHEN A GROUP IS FIRING ON A RANGE. Obey their commands so that discipline is maintained to reduce the possibility of accidents.

ALWAYS CARRY YOUR FIREARM EMPTY WITH THE ACTION OPEN WHILE ON A RANGE until preparing to fire and keep it pointing towards the backstop when loading, firing, and unloading to eliminate the risk of injury, death or damage to property.

ALWAYS KEEP THE HAMMER IN THE uncocked POSITION UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO FIRE. This will minimize the risk of an accidental discharge.

ALWAYS WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION SPECIFIED FOR USE WITH FIREARMS. Flying particles could damage eyes and cause blindness.  Without ear protection, the noise of even one shot from your rifle and from other guns close to you could leave a “ringing” in the ears for some time after firing and the cumulative long term effect could be permanent hearing loss.  Make sure others in the vicinity of where you are shooting are doing so as well.

ALWAYS KEEP CLEAR AND KEEP OTHERS CLEAR OF THE EJECTION PORT. Spent shells are ejected with enough force to cause injury. The ejection port must also be unobstructed by your hand to insure safe ejection of spent rounds. Never place fingers in ejection port – they could be burned by hot metal or injured by the bolt moving forward.

NEVER PUT YOUR FINGER INSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD UNTIL YOU ARE AIMING AT A TARGET AND READY TO SHOOT. This will prevent you from firing the firearm when it is pointing in an unsafe direction.

NEVER JOKE AROUND OR ENGAGE IN “HORSEPLAY” WHILE HANDLING YOUR FIREARM. Doing so could cause an accidental discharge.

Operating Instructions

Prior to Loading

Prior to loading your rifle, make certain that it is not already loaded. Point the muzzle in a safe direction, swing the lever down, and pull it back. If a cartridge ejects, proceed with directions on how to unload the magazine tube and empty the chamber. We recommend that you always load a completely unloaded firearm, and clear the firearm of any cartridges prior to loading. Assuming that you are now operating an unloaded firearm, make certain that the barrel, receiver and chamber are free from any obstruction.

How to Load

1) Turn the lever locking latch to the release position. Releasing the latch should allow the lever to go down approximately 1/2″. Do not push the loading lever forward.

2) First make sure the loading lever is fully forward. Then load the tubular magazine by pushing the brass magazine follower fully forward until the engagement indicator just below the muzzle rises approximately 1/16th
of an inch.

3) Place your hand on the sleeve with thumb grasping the brass follower. Rotate the barrel sleeve back into the closed position and with thumb slowly allow follower to return downwards. DO NOT allow the follower to slam down onto loaded cartridges, and DO NOT place any part of your hand over the muzzle while loading

4) When you are ready to actually fire the firearm, the loading lever is pushed forward as far as it will go and is then pulled straight back. Your finger should NOT TOUCH THE TRIGGER while manipulating the loading lever. The rifle will now be fully cocked and will fire when the trigger is pulled. If the lever does not go forward, release the loading lever latch by turning the small knob perpendicular to the rifle.

5) After you have fired the first shot, the next cartridge is loaded by repeating step 4.

How to Unload

1) With the firearm pointed in a safe direction, place your fingers through the rear portion of the loading lever. Be sure your first and second fingers are inside the lever loop. DO NOT TOUCH THE TRIGGER, depressing or touching the trigger, even when the lever is fully open or partially closed, may cause the gun to accidentally discharge and cause serious injury or death to anyone in the line of fire of the Rifle. Then push the lever straight backwards and then pull the loading lever forward again. The cartridge that was in the chamber should now be automatically ejected

2) Repeat step 6 until all cartridges have been ejected from the firearm. After all cartridges have been ejected, Cycle the action four or five more times as described in step 6 as an added precaution to assure that all rounds were ejected.

3) After step 7, move the loading lever to the forward position while visually inspecting both the chamber and the carrier block, to confirm that no cartridges are still in the firearm.

4) Pull the loading lever to the rear and, with your thumb on the hammer, pull the trigger; with your thumb allow the hammer to slowly lower.

Malfunction and Troubleshooting

NEVER USE YOUR FIREARM IF IT FAILS TO FUNCTION PROPERLY, AND NEVER FORCE A JAMMED ACTION. Forcing the action could make the round explode, causing serious injury, possible death, or severe damage to your firearm or other property.

FAILURE TO FIRE. A misfire occurs when the firing pin strikes the primer and it does not fire.  IF THE FIREARM FAILS TO FIRE DO NOT PUT IT DOWN OR OPEN THE ACTION. ALWAYS HOLD THE FIREARM, KEEPING IT POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION AND WAIT 30 SECONDS. IF A HANGFIRE (SLOW IGNITION) HAS OCCURRED, THE ROUND WILL FIRE WITHIN 30 SECONDS.

If the round does not fire, remove the ammunition, eject the round and examine the shell. If the firing pin indent on the primer is light or non-existent, have the firearm examined by a competent gunsmith before firing again. If the firing pin indent on the primer appears normal (in comparison with similar previously fired rounds) assume you have faulty ammunition.  Segregate the misfired round from other live ammunition and empty cases, reload, and carry on firing.

FAILURE TO EXTRACT (FTE). This is when the firearm discharges the round and fails to extract the spent round from the chamber. This could happen because of a bad extractor or bad/damaged casings.

FAILURE TO FEED (FTF). This is simply when the firearm fails to feed another round into the chamber. Put the lever in the open position and clear the ejection port.

Note: The ejection port should face the ground; this will allow the round to easily fall out (gravity is your friend here). This will work for both left and right handed shooters.

Cleaning, Storage and Maintenance

Cleaning Safety Precautions

WARNING: BEFORE PERFORMING CLEANING PROCEDURES, MAKE SURE THE HAMMER IS IN THE FIRED-DOWN POSITION, WHICH ALLOWS YOUR SAFETY TO FUNCTION AS DESIGNED. OPEN THE ACTION AND MAKE CERTAIN YOUR FIREARM IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

KEEP ALL AMMUNITION AWAY FROM THE CLEANING AREA. NEVER TEST THE MECHANICAL FUNCTION OF YOUR RIFLE WITH LIVE AMMUNITION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

NOTICE! It is very important that the bore of your rifle be cleaned thoroughly and promptly after shooting. Do not leave discharged (empty) cases in the chambers for any length of time, as the chemical composition of many cartridges contain moisture which can “sweat” out of the shell and onto the chambers’ surfaces, and possibly cause corrosion and rust.

How to Clean

You do not have to disassemble this rifle in order to
clean it sufficiently and to keep it operating properly.

We strongly recommend the use of a pull through cleaning kit which will allow cleaning of the bore from the chamber end without disassembly. Use Birchwood Casey gunscrubber or similar product to clean action without disassembly.

Maintenance

1) Be sure that your gun is unloaded before attempting to clean.

2) The gun owner is responsible for periodic inspection and proper maintenance by a qualified gunsmith to ensure that this firearm remains in proper adjustment and that worn parts are replaced.

3) CLEANING WARNING: Remember – Rust is neglect – Make sure all exposed metal surfaces are coated with a film of oil. After being subjected to damp weather, thoroughly wipe the bore and metal surfaces. Then apply a new film of oil. If exposed to a soaking rain, snow or salt spray, a more thorough cleaning and oiling may be necessary.

4) Between seasons, periodically apply a coat of oil to the
bore and metal parts and store in a dry place. Do not plug
the barrel or store in a case made of fabric or material
which will absorb moisture or the lubricant from the gun.

5) Make certain to thoroughly clean your firearm when finished with firing. We suggest that you purchase a name
brand, top quality rifle cleaning kit.

6) Replacement parts are available through the Henry Repeating Arms Company parts department. In the following pages you will find a parts diagram and price list. Please be sure to include the Model Number and Serial Number of your gun when ordering parts.

7) TO MAINTAIN OR RESTORE THE RECEIVER TO ITS ORIGINAL FACTORY SHINE, WE SUGGEST YOU USE PEEK METAL POLISH, FLITZ, OR NEVR DULL.

Storage Safety and Precautions

NEVER LOCK A LOADED FIREARM AND NEVER LOAD A LOCKED FIREARM!

ALWAYS CHECK TO MAKE SURE YOUR FIREARM IS NOT LOADED BEFORE CLEANING, STORING, TRANSPORTING IT, LAYING IT DOWN, OR HANDING IT TO ANOTHER PERSON so that it cannot be fired when it is unsafe to do so.

ALWAYS KEEP AND STORE YOUR FIREARM AND AMMUNITION IN SEPARATE, LOCKED LOCATIONS, OUT OF REACH AND SIGHT OF CHILDREN AND UNTRAINED PERSONS. Safe and secure storage of your firearm and ammunition are your responsibility.

NEVER LEAVE THE KEY TO THE LOCK FOR YOUR FIREARM WITH THE STORED FIREARM!

NEVER ASSUME THAT A “HIDING” PLACE IS A SECURE STORAGE METHOD.  Others may be aware of your storage location or come upon it by chance. It is your personal responsibility to use common sense when storing your firearm and ammunition and to always make sure they are not accessible to children or other unauthorized persons.

NOTE: Do not store your firearm in an air-tight container, and do not seal or attempt to seal the barrel to exclude dust, as the internal steel surface is more likely to rust or corrode by doing this.

BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUCTIONS. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting. Mud, water, snow or other objects may inadvertently lodge in the barrel bore. A small obstruction can cause a dangerous increase in pressure and may damage your firearm and cause injury to yourself and others.

BEFORE CHECKING FOR A BARREL OBSTRUCTION, BE CERTAIN YOUR FIREARM IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. After assuring yourself that the firearm is completely unloaded, open the action and look through the barrel to be sure it is clear of obstructions. If an obstruction is seen, no matter how small it may be, clean the bore with a cleaning cord or a patch as described in the CLEANING section of this owner’s manual.

BE SURE ALL ACCESSORIES, SUCH AS SLINGS, SCOPES AND OTHER ACCESSORIES ARE COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR PARTICULAR FIREARM AND THAT THE ACCESSORIES DO NOT INTERFERE WITH ITS SAFE OPERATION.

It is your responsibility to understand and follow all of the instructions in the safety manual that accompanied your firearm, as well as those which may be supplied with your ammunition and any accessory.

NEVER DISASSEMBLE YOUR FIREARM BEYOND THE FIELD STRIPPING PROCEDURE OUTLINED IN THIS MANUAL. Improper disassembly or reassembly of your firearm may be dangerous and can lead to serious injury or death.

NEVER MANIPULATE, ADJUST OR CHANGE ANY OF THE INTERNAL COMPONENTS OF YOUR FIREARM UNLESS SPECIFICALLY INSTRUCTED TO DO SO IN THIS MANUAL.  Improper manipulation of any other internal component may affect the safety and reliability of your firearm and may cause serious injury or death.

NEVER ALLOW ANY ALTERATION OR REPLACEMENT OF PARTS IN YOUR FIREARM UNLESS PERFORMED BY A QUALIFIED GUNSMITH USING AUTHORIZED PARTS. If you do otherwise, improper functioning of your firearm may occur and serious injury or death and damage to property may result.

Parts

An illustration and list of part names are included in this manual. Please note that not all parts are available for sale. Those parts which are available should be installed by a licensed gunsmith. When ordering parts, please give part name and part number.

Important: If you make unauthorized adjustments or use unauthorized parts, Henry Repeating Arms Company will not assume responsibility for the proper functioning of the shotgun.

This gun is manufactured to perform properly with the original parts as designed. It is your duty to make sure any parts you buy are installed correctly and that neither replacements nor originals are altered or changed. This is why we say take it to a licensed gunsmith station. Your gun is a complex tool with many parts that must relate correctly to other parts. Putting a gun together wrong or with modified parts can result in a damaged gun, danger, and injury or death to you and others through malfunction. Always let a qualified gunsmith work on your gun and check any work you think was not performed by a gunsmith.

List of Parts

H011 Exploded Parts FPO

01
Receiver

02L
Side Plate, Left

02R
Side Plate, Right

03
Hammer

04
Trigger

05
Left R_Link

06
Left F_Link

07
Right R_Link

08
Right F_Link

09
Trigger Spring

10
Trigger Pin

11
Hammer Link

12
Hammer Link Pin

13
Hammer Spring

14
Hammer Screw

15
Lock, Extension

16
Bolt

17
Firing Pin

18
Extension

19
Extractor

20
Firing Pin Spring

21
Extractor Pin

22
Bolt, Rear Link Pin

23
Lever

24
Lever Pin

25
Lever Spring

26
Lever Screw

27
Carrier

28
Carrier Feed Lever

29
Spring, Carrier Feed Lever

30
Screw, Lever/Carrier Spring

31
Link Pin

32
Sleeve, Barrel

33
Sleeve Latch

34
Sleeve Latch Rod

35
Spring, Sleeve Latch Rod

36
Barrel

37
Magazine Spring

38
Magazine Follower

39
Buffer, Magazine Follower

40
Front Sight

41
Blade, Front Sight

42
Screw, Front Sight/ Trigg.SPR

43
Screw, Hammer Spring

45
Lever Hook

46
Spring, Lever Hook

47
Screw, Spring Lever Hook

48
Tang Screw

GBH
1053
Buttplate Screw

50
Buttplate

53
Stop Screw, Follower

56
Buttstock

61
Rear Sight Ass’y

Servicing and Repair

If you believe that your Henry firearm requires repair or adjustment, we suggest that you first contact our Customer Service by visiting the “Contact Us” page on our website, or by phone at 201.858.4400. It may be a problem that we can resolve by phone or by sending a replacement part. For international customers please visit the “Contact Us” page on our website for instructions.
In the unlikely event that your firearm requires adjustments or repair, please make certain that it is unloaded and send it to us at the following address:

HRAC
Att: Repair Dept.
59 East 1st Street
Bayonne, New Jersey 07002

Enclose an explanation of the problem in as much detail as possible.
Make certain to include your complete name, address, phone number and serial number. Make sure your firearm is packaged to prevent it from being damaged. The package should be insured to protect against Loss or Theft.
Do not include “Henry Repeating Arms” in the address on the package, in order to prevent an inquisitive thief from being attracted to it by such information.

You can use the original box for return, however, you should make sure it is wrapped in a brown or other colored paper as to not indicate that the box contains a firearm. This helps to maintain the confidentiality of your rifle to ensure it gets back to us safely.