Got a Henry single-shot rifle or shotgun? If so, you’re probably about to receive a letter from the manufacturer. Henry has a voluntary recall on all its single-shot rifles and shotguns manufactured before July 1, 2020.
Why the recall? In simple terms, Henry is concerned about the possibility the rifles and shotguns could fire when they aren’t intended to.
According to Henry’s website, “Under certain conditions, it is possible that some of these rifles and shotguns may discharge without the trigger being pulled if the hammer is partially cocked and released. Henry has identified the cause of the issue, and it will be corrected by replacing various components of the fire control system.”
Reading between the lines, it sounds like something’s possibly gone wrong with the transfer bar design? Maybe parts go out of spec as they wear, but the Henry press release doesn’t say that. What it does say is, Henry will perform some surgery on your rifle or shotgun free of charge, installing replacement parts to ensure this isn’t a problem.
While they’re at it, Henry’s gunsmiths are also going to improve the trigger pull. Again, as per Henry’s website:
“Henry Repeating Arms is also implementing a complimentary and unrelated upgrade for all firearms affected by this safety recall. This upgrade involves a replacement of the trigger guard, hammer, and hammer spring. This design change to improve and reduce the trigger pull has already been incorporated into all H015 rifles and shotguns manufactured in 2020, and will be made to your rifle or shotgun free of charge.”
Free upgrades are always a good thing, although you’ll obviously lose the use of your firearm while Henry is fixing it.
What should you do?
If you’re wondering whether your Henry single-shot rifle or shotgun is affected, Henry says to contact them by email at email@example.com, or call their toll-free phone number 1-866-200-2354. The Henry website has instructions for US warranty work, but obviously that’s not going to work for Canadian customers. Henry says Canadian work will go through Grech Outdoors. Going forward, Henry says all rifles and shotguns will have the upgraded parts installed.