H&R built flare guns during World War I and a variety of firearms, including the Reising submachine gun, during World War II. H&R was granted a contract to produce the M1 rifle during the Korean War, but the first deliveries of the rifles were not made until after the armistice. H&R manufactured the M14 rifle during that rifle's production cycle (1959–1964). H&R also manufactured M16A1 rifles during the Vietnam War and is one of only four manufacturers (along with Colt, Fabrique Nationale , & GM Hydramatic Division) to have ever made an official M16 variant for the . Military.  Due to their relative scarcity, all H&R military weapons are considered highly desirable by collectors.
I do concede that, when it comes down to it, the Henry is still what it is: a lever action rifle. If you’re not a fan of the lever action design in general, this definitely isn’t going to be the .22 rifle for you if you could have only one. I still prefer my Ruger 10/22 (or even the Marlin Model 60 s I’ve also used extensively), but the Henry .22 is a pleasant break from the semi-autos and a gun I would love to say I have in my collection. Is it the best .22 caliber gun on the market today? I think you could at least make that argument.