Original circa 1865 Henry Rifle. This rifle is really the beginning of it all. It was the first practical repeating lever action rifle in the .44 caliber rimfire cartridge. It very well of could have been used at the end of the U.S. Civil War, although certainly was the desired weapon of the early american western frontier. A man armed with one of these rifles certainly outgunned anything available at the time. Many of these rifles found their way into Indian hands and had a great part in Custer's defeat at the Battle Of The Little Bighorn in 1876. This rifle is a very good example. The rifle although has no visible barrel finish remaining, has a good bore, and no pitting on its metal surfaces. It remains all intact and works and functions perfectly. All of its markings remain crisp and clear. Overall a good and original Henry Rifle.