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AR-7 Industries AR-7 22 LR

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Looking almost exactly like the Henry version, this AR-7 by AR-7 Industries had slightly better finish on a few parts, but much less flexibility of ammo requirements. It didn't work with low velocity target loads. The barrel was all steel, but the company also offers a lighter aluminum-shrouded steel-tube barrel. We could see no real reason for an all-steel barrel on a rifle of this type.

AR-7 Industries AR-7 22 LR

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So what do you get for the extra pound of barrel and $15 less cost? Right off the bat, the overall finish of the AR-7 Industries AR-7 was better than that of the Henry. The extractor, obviously chewed out by a punch press on the Henry, was, in this version, a nicely finished part. The bolt, left in the white here, had clearly superior finish machining, as did the top of the receiver along the scope-mount rail. The two magazines fit more snugly into the action. The biggest obvious difference, besides the weight, was that we had the dickens of a time getting the butt cover off this version of the AR-7, indicating it might not leak as fast as the Henry’s, which came off suspiciously easily.
The magazine was a snugger fit into this AR-7's mag well, but that didn't help it feed Yellow Jackets, which worked perfectly in the Henry. The trigger guard here was a different design from the Henry. The safeties were identical.
There was a slight difference in the stock configuration between the two variants. The action here was free of any markings, and had a finish very similar to that of the Henry, though nothing on the company's website indicated what the finish was.
Pop off the water-resistant butt cap and the rifle components come out. There was room for both of the magazines provided, within the stock.

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