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Today i finally got my henry ar-7 survival rifle, i'm so stoked. I have been waiting for about a month for it to come in. I have heard a lot of comments about the rifle, both good and bad, But since this is the new and improved version i'm gonna test it out and give my 2 cents worth on it. here are a few pics of it, so stay tuned for my review.....
 

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Very interested in your review. This is the latest one that I have yet to see anyone test. The models before? Yeah lots of those ones.

Will be interested in the accuracy, function with multiple ammo types (CCI especially).
 

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Looking forward to your review. I'm an AR7 aficionado myself so I might suggest you always use high velocity 22LR to begin with, especially to break it in. Use only factory mags and have at least two of those. Then you might want to eventually consider rigging something along these lines ...

The two tins on each side are now O.D. Green in color and that's a spare mag in-between them.

 

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thanks for the replies, and trust me if its junk i will tell ya it is. Just keep in mind this isn't a rifle that you will shoot day in and day out, its a survival rifle. It is designed to use to keep you alive for a short term survival situation, if you want a long term rifle for everyday use get a ruger 10/22 or marlin 22 or something of that nature. My intentions are to keep this rifle in my pack in case i need it. I am gonna test it this weekend and try several different ammos in it to see how it does.
 

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Oh and can you post up a 'top' pic and left side pic? Does it still have the bulky left hand unfriendly bulge on the left side?
it has the bulge but its not as big as the older ones made by charter arms, and armalite or survival arms. When Henry took over the production they reworked a bunch of things on the gun, now they are even teflon coated.
 

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this has and always will be a .22 with special purpose, with definite tradeoffs; it is a very lightweight backpack/survival rifle. i'm not carrying a folding 10/22 hiking to backcountry lakes; too frigging heavy.

you want a rimfire that can use and fire all kinds of .22 ammo then buy a bolt action; the AR7 was designed for HV ammo; use the ammo it was designed for and it will tack drive 24/7 jam free. for me, accurate within 30-50 yards, and you need to practice using that peep sight. further away needs a lot of practice with it.

i think lots of buyers perceive the AR7 as a cheap toy rimfire and proceed to treat it cheap and feed it with cheap dirty ammo; and then rant on how lousy it feels, how it jams jams jams...i save the cheap bulk ammo for bolt actions.

- you want a cheap rimfire buy a savage 64...cheaper than a AR7
- you only want to afford cheap bulk ammo, don't buy an AR7...waste of your money, it will FAIL...
- you want a rimfire primarily for plinking buy a 10/22...better yet buy a bolt action, they eat cheap/dirty/shorts/sub sonic/CB ammo happily
- you want a rimfire for primarily for hunting, buy anything other than a AR7 because anything else will be better
- you want an AR7 for it's novelty factor, that reason is a waste of good money; find more alum cans to sell and get a marlin papoose and you'll be happier (and we won't have to hear your whining)

buy an AR7 knowing its tradeoffs and because you NEED those tradeoffs. and use HV ammo exclusively; you should not have any major jam issues.

my henry AR7 eats cci blazer, mini mags, stingers or velocitors exclusively; that's it. no bulk ammo. and NO fail to eject/fail to fire, ever.

and i don't treat it like a toy either.
 

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I bought a new one last year for my bob.

As expected, it would jam on cheap bulk ammo, but has always worked flawlessly on cci velocitors.

Fwiw, my rugged 10/22 would also jam on the buk ammo. I save the velocities for these two rifles.

I have no regrets buying or carrying the Henry survival rifle in my bag.

I'd say 30 yards no problem hitting food. 50 yards no problem hitting a bad guy.

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