I was wrong

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I jumped on the "Bash the new Henry" bandwagon. After getting my latest American Rifleman and reading the glowing review of the new Henry revolver I realize I was mistaken when I called it ugly, unsophisticated, and overpriced for what you get.
Insert sarcasm emoji.
I used to think the reviews were honest, insightful and straightforward. I was wrong, but will henceforth withhold my opinions until I see what AR says.
 
American Rifleman reviews are just as bad as the rest of the gun press. That is, they never say anything critical about the guns they review. To get an unbiased review, you have to go to the online forums.
Online forums are often like the magnet in your oil pan. They are hardly unbiased. A gun that runs fine is often not worth mentioning. A gun that doesn't is the anomaly that gets its own dedicated thread. I've written enough critical reviews to know that for every one gun that fails 10 other people will chime in with their perfectly functional example. Yet there aren't 11 reviews.
IMO you'll never get a good idea of failure rates from a forum, but you will get a good idea of issues you need to look out for.
 
My LGS had one. I just looked at it and thought unh uh. Ugly.
IMHO, ain't no uglier than a Super Redhawk.....and I wouldn't put it in the same ugly sack as the ol' AMC Pacer. Has it's own signature, that's for sure, but beauty to me in a firearm, is how it shoots. How it feels in my hand and how it hits where its pointed. I think Henry tried to make it's DA revolvers a match for their levers, and tried to give them a more Western look. I would be a tad concerned over the extended brass grip knob at the top of the grip. While giving one a higher grip on the bore, I wonder if it would beat up the web between the thumb and first finger during extended range sessions. You know that baby is gonna kick with legitimate magnum loads.
 
$770 is the current asking price of one under the glass in a LGS in eastern Washington.
 
For all the dissing that Hi-Point endured on YouTube, ISTR most videos ended with grudging respect.
I ask my tacicool shop, do you carry HiPoints?!?!?! they nearly kicked me out for uttering such a name

They have Henry pistols there too. I like it, just not in a rush
 
Seems to be inching down in price toward reality. List is around $925, I think.
Yep, website says $928, but also states that "You should expect to receive some discount from our M.S.R. Price". $770 is not a bad price on a new quality .357 DA revolver with a lifetime warranty. Everything I have heard about Henry Customer Service has been positive. With 5 .357s in the safe now, I doubt if I would be in the market for one more anytime soon. Now, iffin' they made a .45 Colt in stainless........
 
Styling does not put the bullets in the middle. Pretty firearms that meet current standards of beauty and fashionability do sell based on looks alone.

I did handle the two models of Henry Revolvers at a local gun store. While the price was right, the trigger pull length was too long for my short, stubby fingers. This has always been a problem for me as my fingers are a digit shorter than most of the shooters against whom I compare hands.

So, I walked. Ergonomics are important to me. If it does not feel good, it will not shoot good, in my hands.
 
Yep, website says $928, but also states that "You should expect to receive some discount from our M.S.R. Price". $770 is not a bad price on a new quality .357 DA revolver with a lifetime warranty. Everything I have heard about Henry Customer Service has been positive. With 5 .357s in the safe now, I doubt if I would be in the market for one more anytime soon. Now, iffin' they made a .45 Colt in stainless........
.44 Special or 45 colt or even a .40S&W with moon clips
 
I looked at one, held, and dry fired it. It ain't bad, but it's not something that really interests me. But neither do Kimber revolvers.

Back in my bass fishing days, I looked at a lot of bass boats. I liked most of them, but they really weren't that different. I never saw much sense in taking a chance on XYZ brand boat, for the same price as the proven, top of the line boat. Why should I when XYZ might not be in business in a year or two. You want me to take a chance on a new, unproven product? Offer me a price incentive. If I gotta spend high price spread price, I might as well get the high price spread.
 
I looked at one, held, and dry fired it. It ain't bad, but it's not something that really interests me. But neither do Kimber revolvers.

Back in my bass fishing days, I looked at a lot of bass boats. I liked most of them, but they really weren't that different. I never saw much sense in taking a chance on XYZ brand boat, for the same price as the proven, top of the line boat. Why should I when XYZ might not be in business in a year or two. You want me to take a chance on a new, unproven product? Offer me a price incentive. If I gotta spend high price spread price, I might as well get the high price spread.
Boat are Expensive! and don’t hold there vaule at all. Guns are expensive too but they are a commodity
 
Boat are Expensive! and don’t hold there vaule at all. Guns are expensive too but they are a commodity
Amen that brother. Especially bass boats. They get run hard and put up wet, so I never saw any reason to not at least put my money into a brand with a reputation for being a good, well made boat that would hold up. Let someone else grab the newcomer with all the geegaws, and whirleygigs. Five MPH faster? Good for them. I'll see you at the weigh-in.

You ever wonder why my wife never complains about me buying guns? She knows how much boats and bass fishing tackle cost. Guns are cheap.
 
Boat are Expensive! and don’t hold there vaule at all. Guns are expensive too but they are a commodity
Boats are a hole in the water you pour money into. BOATS = Break Out Another Thousand. I could buy another house for cash if I had the money I spent over the last 50 years on boats + gas+ insurance+ dockage. Still got one though. When I buy a revolver I rationalize the money is only 2-3 gas fill ups for the boat and half what I pay for a slip annually.
 
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If guns were sold based on looks, Hi-Points and the Chiappa Rhino would already be off the market, as well as every plastuc stocked sporting rifle. Just my opinion.
 
Sorry, couldn't help it.
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I'm guessing the grip options would be limited or non existent. If that's true, handling it first would be important before handing over the cash. Non issue to me because I'm not interested in this Henry anyway.
 
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