Some of you may already know I received the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, in 2004. This is the highest rank one can receive and it must be earned and is never just given. My father was a big part as to why I made it to Eagle because he cared enough to be a part of the program and help make scouting worth what it should be. A place for boys to grown into men.
History in a Rifle
Henry Repeating Arms has been reproducing the Henry lever action since 1997 based on the 1860s rifle designed by Benjamin Tyler Henry. Henry Repeating Arms makes a very large variety of different lever action rifles all based on the original design.
Henry makes a large number of tribute edition rifles such as the BSA, the EMS, the Military and Law enforcement, just to name a few. They make 5 different “Scouting Special Edition” rifles.
Big Boy “Order of the Arrow Centennial Edition” (.44 mag)
Big Boy Eagle Scout Centennial Rifle (.44 Mag)
Celebrating 100 Years of Eagle Scouts
Boy Scouts of America® Centennial Edition Tribute Rifle (.22 Short/Long/LR)
Celebrate 100 years of Scouting
Special Edition Philmont Scout Ranch Rifle (.22 Short/Long/LR)
Celebrating the oldest BSA adventure camp
Golden Boy Eagle Scout Tribute Edition Rifle (.22 Short/Long/LR)
Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle
Tribute Edition Rifles
While all of the scouting edition rifles are beautiful works of pure art the Golden Boy Eagle Scout Tribute Edition Rifle just my hands down favorite of the 5 and why I wanted to review this particular rifle. The detail work on this rifle is incredible.
I would love to own all of Boy Scout rifle editions and keep them as a predominate display in my office but if I could only choose one I believe I chose correctly.
If you have never shot a Henry Lever Action Rifle there is really only one word to describe the overall feeling…. Smooth. When I first picked up this rifle and held it in my hands it felt special and different. It felt like the night I received my Eagle Scout but in a rifle. The first time I pulled the trigger I remembered the night of my Eagle board of review and when they told me I had passed. It feels special.
Honor of Owning a Henry
If you were never involved in this program I am sorry if you do not understand completely what I am talking about. I know that most people feel a different way based on the rifle and special editions they may own. Owning a Henry is like being in an exclusive club. It is that nod at the range when you see someone with one or when someone walks up to you and asks if that is a Henry and how they have always wanted one.
I am a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow and I have even hiked to the top of the Tooth of Time, but I am most proud of my Eagle Scout. I would not be the man I am today if it wasn’t for my time spent in the program. I am honored to have a such a special fire arm to honor that moment in my life.
Eagle Scout or Scout Master Gifts
I have to take a moment a say that this would be hands down be the best Eagle Scout gift to give a scout who enjoys shooting. A Henry Boy Scout edition would also be a great way to honor an outstanding Boy Scout Leader, Scout Master or Eagle Advisor. If you have a hero returning home from overseas who enjoys shooting, any Henry rifle would make an awesome welcome home gift. I am pretty sure you can look and see what other Henry gifts are perfect for the special men and women in your life.
Eagle Scout Tribute Edition
Model Number: H004ES
Action Type: Lever Action
Caliber: .22 S/L/LR
Capacity: 16 rounds .22 LR 21 rounds .22 Short
Barrel Length: 20″
Weight: 6.75 lbs.
Stock: American Walnut
Sights: Marbles fully adjustable Semi-Buckhorn rear, with reversible white diamond insert and brass beaded front sight
Finish: Brasslite receiver, brass buttplate and blued barrel and and metal barrel band