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Henry survival A-7

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Panther, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. Panther

    Panther Keizer Active Member

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    Been looking at the A-7 survival and feeling the itch. Just wondering if anyone here has an idea if these are decent shooters. Don't really need another .22 but would be cool to have in the pack. Haven't had a chance to check availability at local salem shops so if you have seen on a shelf would appreciate a pm.
     
  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    Bought one a few years ago at Bi-Mart. Had a few stovepipes, decent accuracy, the barrel is polymer around a steel barrel sleeve. There is room in the butt for two loaded mags and with one in the receiver, it gives you 21 rounds of survival ammo. I bought mine for a bug out small game getter and at $177 I am happy with the rifle.
     
  3. Panther

    Panther Keizer Active Member

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    Cool thanks I didn't realize bimart had them. Not sure how missed them there but i do get a little over stimulated in sport goods departments.
     
  4. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle Oregon Active Member

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    I had one for a while but the 10-22 suited me better. Mine ran fine but one possible issue with the design is when you seat the barrel to build the rifle. Pull back on the bolt a little so the barrel fully seats in the receiver. I have a buddy who had a Charter Arms AR7 and hated it till I showed him that trick. Now his AR7 runs reliably :)
     
  5. Allfat

    Allfat Marion County Active Member

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    I have one that runs great, good accuracy and it feeds and ejects really reliably. One trick, when I first got it, it had trouble feeding the rounds into the chamber. I just oiled up the magazine followers a little and it fixed it right up. The mags were pretty tight out of the box, but a little drop of oil on each follower fixed the problem right up. I keep mine in a backpack that we take with us on road trips, just in case we have to hunt for some small game for sustenance. Its a fun little gun to shoot, too!
     
  6. Beck Goodwin

    Beck Goodwin USA New Member

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    The Henry U.S. Survival AR-7 functioned nearly flawlessly despite heavy rainfall which undoubtedly washed out all the lubrication carefully applied by its operator. Just be careful not to grip the magazine too tightly!

    http://www.tacticalvantage.com
     
  7. TimG45ACP

    TimG45ACP Pacific NW USA New Member

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    Henry Survival AR-7 is a fun little plinker gun. Mine likes the action oiled heavy. I've never had a failure with mine in over 1000 rounds. I mounted a nice 1.25-9x30 scope on it (using QD mounts & 3/8 dovetail adapters) for a little more visibility for my aging eyes.
    The entire gun stores in the stock. As mentioned above, the stock will hold 3 magazines - one in the action, 2 in the stock. Magazines are 8 rounders. The whole thing will fit in a backpack.
     
  8. Panther

    Panther Keizer Active Member

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    Went to local bimart held the 10/22 really liked it. It seemed be solid when locked together. They didn't have the A-7 in stock but said they receive here and there. From what I have seen I think the A-7 is the way for me as it appears to break down and fit pack better. Will purchase one when I find. Seems bimart has best price at 220.00.
     
  9. JackB

    JackB Salem Member

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    I have one.Come on over and check it out.
     
  10. Panther

    Panther Keizer Active Member

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    Better yet let's plan a trip to go shoot
     
  11. JackB

    JackB Salem Member

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    Sounds good.
     
  12. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    The AR-7 has a pretty steep feed angle, so it's prone to FTF. I read over the forums and saw a few folks advocating taking a little emery paper to the ramp and top edge of the receiver. I tried it and it worked, and since then my AR-7 has fed reliably with bulk ammo. [All except for one mag, which I ditched.] At two pounds, there really is no substitute for backpacking, although I prefer shooting my Marlin Papoose at twice the weight.

    A word of warning: steer clear of ar7 dot com and Miguel. Bad juju all around.
     
  13. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    my friend have two (old model), both of them are very unreliable. :laugh:
     
  14. Panther

    Panther Keizer Active Member

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    You know the first thing I had to do was go check it out. I'm like a kid never tell me not to do something. Thanks for the review am picking one up this weekend already commited to buy. I will be closing thread thanks all.
     
  15. Mathmattx

    Mathmattx Ellensburg Active Member

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    I had one and my opinion they are best for what it is marketed...A rifle of last resort. Don't get me wrong Henry makes some fine products, but I believe this excels as a small, light compact 22 that would be used mainly in a survival situation, or tucked in a daypack, in a canoe or camper. The best feature of his rifle it is light and compact in a waterproof case. If you keep that in mind you shouldn't mind accuracy or misfeed issues as they will occur with more frequency than other 22 rifles. My good friend loves it because he won't carry is full size rifle on a hike, but always seems to have is Henry with them tucked in his small day pack for need or just to use if the mood strikes.
     
  16. Panther

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    Alright so I picked one up and took it out last weekend. shot good no misdeeds in 6 clips, around 2" accuracy at 50. The trigger pull is a bit blocky and the slide can be a pain as the knob is small (damn these sausage fingers) all in all for what the A-7 was designed for it will serve the purpose. I think they named correct as that is about what I would rate it.
     
  17. Mathmattx

    Mathmattx Ellensburg Active Member

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    thanks for the update. It's great to hear. I'm glad you had fun and I'm glad the rifle works well I think that's half the fun of Henry A7, its uniqueness. I'm sure you'll enjoy it for years to come!!! now you have me wanting to get one again


    QUOTE=Panther;920053]Alright so I picked one up and took it out last weekend. shot good no misdeeds in 6 clips, around 2" accuracy at 50. The trigger pull is a bit blocky and the slide can be a pain as the knob is small (damn these sausage fingers) all in all for what the A-7 was designed for it will serve the purpose. I think they named correct as that is about what I would rate it.[/QUOTE]
     
  18. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    The AR-7's float too. I don't know about the Henrys though. I didn't see that point mentioned yet.
     
  19. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Henrys supposedly float too, havent actually tried mine to see