Henry Repeating Arms just jumped into the non-NFA shotshell-firing firearm game (yeah, it’s a thing), and cowboy action fans can finally flaunt the National Firearms Act alongside their more tactically-minded buddies.
The Side Gate Lever Action Axe is chambered in .410 and features a walnut pistol grip in the shape of an axe handle. Since it isn’t meant to be shouldered, the design allows it to slip through the cracks of federal firearms law and receive the same non-NFA designation as firearms like the Mossberg Shockwave and the Remington TAC-13.
The Axe can be purchased in the same manner as any other firearm. Fill out a 4473, pass a background check, and you’re good to go.
“Our Mare’s Leg lever action pistols have been a popular choice among shooting sports enthusiasts for many years now, mainly because they’re so fun to shoot and the fact that they look like they came right out of a Western movie,” Anthony Imperato, President and owner of Henry Repeating Arms, said in a press release. “The Axe shares a similar form factor to our Mare’s Leg with some added features for more versatility.”
The Axe boasts many of the same features that Henry includes on their full-sized side-gate-loading lever guns. The receiver and removable tube magazine design are the same, and it can hold five, 2.5” .410 shotshells. The 16-inch barrel is threaded for an invector-style choke tube, and the receiver uses a loading gate on the right side of the receiver.
As Henry explained when they debuted their side-gate-loading rifles at this year’s NRA show, the side gate allows shooters to top off the magazine without removing the tube, which can be especially useful on a hunt. When users are ready to return the firearm to the safe (or the saddle), the removable tube magazine allows for quick, safe unloading.
While the Axe will be used primarily in recreational settings, Henry also stressed in its press release the utility of its newest firearm. The Axe’s overall length measures just over 26 inches, which facilitates a variety of storage options. The firearm also comes with a removable full choke, and users can swap that for any invector-style choke for different applications.
In the less-than-practical sphere, the axe grip is engraved with the Henry Repeating Arms’ cowboy logo.
The Axe will ship with a suggested retail price of $970. For more information visit HenryUSA.com.