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Henry 1860

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Henry 1860 brass-frame - .44 Rimfire (RF).

The Henry 1860 is a lever action, breech loading rifle (with front-loading magazine). This appeared as a construction improvement on the unfortunate Volcanic Repeater. The first 400 of the 14,000 rifles made were produced with an iron frame instead of the commonly seen brass frame. Brass was added in late 1862 as production picked up. Henry rifles were far too expensive ($45 to $65 each) to be issued in large numbers during the Civil War (in comparison, a common Enfield Rifle cost $14), but many Union soldiers used their pay to purchase them on their own. The Henry was famously referred to as "that damned Yankee rifle that can be loaded on Sunday and fired all week” by Confederate Col. John Mosby.

The copper rounds used 28 grains of black powder and cost 1.6 cents each (about four times the price of muzzle loading ammo); most were purchased by individual soldiers with their own money. Twelve thousand were produced from 1862 to 1865 and sales slowed when the war ended.

Further design refinement by Nelson King led to the Winchester Model 1866, nicknamed the "Yellow Boy" in the United States for its flamboyant brass receiver.

It is worth noting that due to the rarity of the original rifles (and replicas were not available for a long time), many films used the Winchester Model 1866 (and in some cases, even the later rifles, such as the Model 1892) with the forend removed as a stand-in; they can usually be distinguished by the presence of a loading gate, and a different magazine tube mount.


(1860 - 1866)

  • Type: Rifle
  • Caliber(s): .44 Rimfire
  • Weight: 9.25 lb (4.2 kg)
  • Length: 44.75 in (1,137 mm)
  • Barrel length(s): 24 in (610 mm)
  • Capacity: 15 round tube magazine (+1)
  • Fire Modes: Lever Action

The Henry 1860 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Paleface Bob Hope Peter 'Painless' Potter 1948
How the West Was Won Henry Fonda Jethro Stuart 1962
Once Upon a Time in the West Frank's henchmen Winchester Model 1892 mock-up 1968
True Grit Jeff Corey Tom Chaney 1969
Heaven's Gate Kris Kristofferson James Averill 1980
Jeff Bridges John L. Bridges
Silverado Danny Glover Mal 1985
Night of the Living Dead Tom Towles Harry Cooper 1990
Tony Todd Ben
Patricia Tallman Barbara
Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner Lt. John Dunbar 1990
Mary McDonnell Stands With a Fist
El Diablo (1990) Louis Gossett Jr. Thomas Van Leek 1990
Legends of the Fall Henry Thomas Samuel Ludlow 1994
The Quest Dobbs' men May be a mocked up Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" 1996
Mulholland Falls 1996
Last Stand at Saber River Tom Selleck Paul Cable cartridge conversion 1997
Wild Wild West Musetta Vander Munitia Equipped with telescopic sight 1999
Loveless' men
Ride with the Devil Tobey Maguire Jake Roedel 1999
Shanghai Noon Brandon Merrill Falling Leaves 2000
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins Sara Botsford Christine Lord 2004
The Legend of Zorro Nick Chinlund Jacob McGivens 2005
Desperation Vigilantes 2006
Seraphim Falls Liam Neeson Carver Iron Frame 2006
True Grit Josh Brolin Tom Chaney 2010
Sherlock Holmes Elizabeth Arends Anesidora Ivory Denix non-firing replica 2010
Royal Guards and London people
Cowboys & Aliens Raoul Trujillo Black Knife 2011
Gang members
Apache warriors
Crossfire (Les Insoumis) French policeman 2011
Django Unchained Christoph Waltz Dr. King Schultz 2012
Jamie Foxx Django
The Magnificent Seven A citizen 2016
Jane Got a Gun Natalie Portman Jane Hammond Denix non-firing replica 2016
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Grainger Hines Mr. Arthur 2018
A Sioux warrior
The Kid Ethan Hawke Sheriff Pat Garrett With iron frame 2019
Charlie Chappell Billy Wilson
Badland Mira Sorvino Sarah Cooke 2019
A Sheriff's deputy
News of the World Clint Obenchain Tom Farley 2020
Terror on the Prairie Gabriel-Kane Day Lewis The Kid 2022
Gina Carano Hattie McAllister
Donald Cerrone Jeb McAllister


Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
North and South: Book II A Union soldier 1986
Lonesome Dove Robert Duvall Augustus "Gus" McCrae 1989
Tommy Lee Jones Woodrow F. Call
Return To Lonesome Dove Timothy Scott Pea Eye Parker 1993
Firefly Doan Ly Emma "Heart of Gold" (S01E13) 2003
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Lakota warriors 2007
Deadliest Warrior Crazy Horse 2010
Godless Michelle Dockery Alice Fletcher Iron-framed 2017
Samuel Marty Truckee
Jack O'Connell Roy Goode
Austin Kane 15 Year Old Jim Goode Brass-framed


Title Character Note Date
Rango Buford Changes from Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" in (possibly intentional) continuity error 2011

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Outlaws 1997
Red Dead Revolver "High Caliber Rifle" 2004
The History Channel: Civil War - A Nation Divided 2006
Fallout 3 "Lever-Action Rifle" Iron-framed; has wooden handguard; chambered for 10mm. Added in Point Lookout DLC. 2008
"Lincoln's Repeater" Based on real Henry rifle presented to Abraham Lincoln; has wooden handguard; chambers .44 Magnum
History Channel: Civil War - Secret Missions 2008
Darkest of Days "Henry Rifle" Incorrectly shown with loading gate 2009
Red Dead Redemption "Henry Repeater" 2010
State of Decay "Ranch King" 2013
Assassin's Creed Syndicate 2015
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades "1860 Lever Action" 2016
Red Dead Redemption II "Litchfield Repeater" 2018
State of Decay 2 2018
Maximum Action "Repeater" 10-round magazine; incorrectly shown with loading gate 2018
The Last of Us Part II 2020

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