Henry Repeating Arms will auction off 20 special edition Big Boy .44 magnum lever action rifles this month in celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary.
The rifles feature AAA-grade American Walnut, presentation walnut display cases and special “one of twenty” serial numbers. The proceeds will benefit non-profit programs dedicated to hunting, shooting sports and conservation — including the Boone & Crockett Club, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Dallas Safari Club, Ducks Unlimited, Hunting Heritage Trust, Kids & Clays, the National Rifle Association Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, among others.
“The incredible, positive impact that these organizations have had on the shooting sports industry is immeasurable and we’re proud to have the opportunity to help fund their work for years to come,” said Anthony Imperato, president and owner of Henry Repeating Arms, in a press release earlier this month. “Collectors and Henry enthusiasts alike will be drawn to the intricate, hand-engraved details these rifles will feature, along with their special Anniversary-edition serial numbers.”
The first rifle in the special edition line up, the “one of twenty,” is described as a “highly detailed, hand-engraved custom brass receiver boasting the brand’s motto “Made in America or not made at all,'” according to the press release. Imperato donated the rifle to the Hunting Heritage Trust, who opened bidding on Gunbroker.com this week at $100. Some 20 bidders have driven the sales price up to $2,025, as of Thursday.
The remaining 19 — machine engraved and hand-chased — will be auctioned off by different organizations through February 2018, the company said.
“Over the past two decades, I’ve come to realize that it’s our customers that make Henry the brand it is today,” Imperato said. “Henry is a brand that represents many different things for customers from all walks of life. It’s their stories, their passion for Henry and shooting sports that continue to push us to be the best possible firearms manufacturer we can be.”
The company expects the special edition series will raise in excess of $100,000.
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