The Lever Action Axe 410: Henry’s Backyard Sorta-Plinker Kinda-Shotgun

So if you didn’t know, earlier this month, right before SHOT, Henry Repeating Arms announced two new lever guns. Although we’ve already tackled the Long Ranger Express, it’s time to address the other new Lever-Action from Henry. Presenting the Lever Action Axe .410, “Not all firearms need to fit neatly into categories like hunting, home protection, or good ol’ backyard plinking.” It seems like Henry is trying their best to provide something that is primarily just a blast to shoot. I’ve always had a soft spot for lever guns, and I am excited to see where this .410 Axe goes. 

Henry Lever Action Axe 410 @Holtworks
Photo by @Holtworks

.410 Bore, Never Bored

While the focus of this release seems to be how enjoyable it is, there seems to be some practicality to it. The Axe has a 5-Round capacity of 2 1/2″ shells like larger .410 Shotguns. It also has a loading gate, so you’re constantly at max capacity if you want to be—no need to remove a tube magazine. Henry also uses size as a measure of its practicality. The Axe .410 has a barrel just under 16″ and the total length of the firearm at a hair over 26″. So the Axe can be stored in more places than your average shotgun; it seems like it might be a decent candidate for a trunk gun. 

Lever Action Axe .410
“Classic Henry aesthetic flair meets our hit non-NFA .410 platform in the newly released Brass Axe.” – @Henry_Rifles – Photo by @Holtworks

The muzzle of the Axe is internally threaded for invector chokes, and it comes with a full choke straight out of the box. Additional chokes are available for sale, as well. When it comes to sights, though, the barrel of the Axe is topped with a brass bead front sight. No rails for you tacti-cool operators. I am sure with enough duct tape and epoxy, anything is possible. Although the specifications page does mention that it is drilled and tapped, maybe you won’t need too much epoxy. 

Henry Repeating Arms logo

You might be wondering why I keep referring to it as the Axe? The “Axe handle” grip on the level gun is what seems to have solidified its name; the bottom of the handle even has the Henry “Cowboy” logo to top off the old west aesthetic.

The Lever Action Axe .410 Specifications

  • Action Type: Lever Action
  • Caliber: .410 Bore
  • Chamber Size: 2 1/2″ Shells
  • Capacity: 5 Rounds
  • Barrel Length: 15.14″
  • Barrel Type: Round Blued Steel
  • Overall Length: 26.4″
  • Weight: 5.75 lbs.
  • Receiver Finish: Blued Steel or Polished Brass
  • Rear Sight: None
  • Front Sight: Brass Bead
  • Scopeability: Drilled and Tapped
  • Scope Mount Type: Weaver 63B
  • Stock Material: American Walnut
  • Buttplate/Pad: None
  • Length of Pull: N/A
  • Safety: Transfer Bar
  • Extras: Internally threaded for Invector style chokes (Full included), Swivel Studs, 2 1/2″ Shells Only

Lever Action Axe .410

So this might be your lever-action if you’re in the market for what seems to be a fun plinker or a decent old-timey truck gun. “Simply being fun to pull out of the scabbard and shoot again and again should be a category all its own.” Hopefully, soon I will get hands-on one of these. Until then, if you’re interested in checking out more on the Lever Action Axe .410, feel free to check it on Henry’s website, The MSRP for the Lever Action Axe .410 Bore is $1,049 and $1,132 for the Brass. 

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