Henry’s Mare’s Leg .410 Shotgun: The Axe

This little non-NFA lever action smoothbore is sure to be fun at the range, but it can also be a compact defensive tool.

Henry Lever Action Axe .410
The new Henry Lever Action Axe .410 not-a-shotgun.Henry Repeating Arms

Back in November, Henry Repeating Arms announce a new shotgun to their extensive lever gun catalog, a .410 bore that included a side-gate for topping off the magazine, as well as the company’s signature magazine tube.

But now, they’ve made it a bit more fun and quite a bit smaller, as well as a practical defensive tool with the Non-NFA Lever Action Axe .410.

It’s a lever action shotgun with a side loading gate and a signature “axe handle” grip that somewhat resembles the end of a large axe handle.

Reminiscent of the Mare’s Leg lever-action rifle/pistol born of 1950s TV western, Wanted: Dead or Alive, the shotgun is classified as an “other” like the Mossberg Shockwave and Remington TAC-14, so it isn’t regulated under the NFA and does not require a tax stamp.

“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,” says Anthony Imperato, President and owner of Henry Repeating Arms. “The Axe shares a similar form factor to our Mare’s Leg with some added features for more versatility.”

the Henry Lever Action Axe .410.
The other side of the Henry Lever Action Axe .410.Henry Repeating Arms

Of course it will be a fun range toy. You’ll be able to hold on to the front of the gun fast while working the action and firing, unlike a pump gun, and most .410 loads shouldn’t kick much at all.

The barrel is just a bit under 16 inches and the overall length is just over 16 inches. That means you can store the Axe in places you can’t tuck away most shotguns, and have 5 rounds of 2-1/2” .410 shells at the ready.

And that mag tube can be continuously topped off thanks to the side gate loading port. But to unload, you can simply remove the tube magazine insert and dump out the shells all at once.

A removable full choke is included and the genuine walnut grip is engraved on the bottom with the Henry cowboy logo.

Expect a full review and range test soon!

MSRP: $970.

The walnut grip is engraved with the Henry cowboy logo.
The walnut grip is engraved with the Henry cowboy logo.Henry Repeating Arms

Henry Repeating Arms Lever Action Axe .410 Specs

  • Barrel Length: 15.14″
  • Barrel Type: Round Blued Steel
  • Rate of Twist: Smooth/Full Invector Style Choke
  • Overall Length: 26.4″
  • Weight: 5.75 lbs.
  • Receiver Finish: Blued Steel
  • Rear Sight: None
  • Front Sight: Brass Bead
  • Scopeability: Drilled and Tapped
  • Scope Mount Type: Weaver 63B
  • Stock Material: American Walnut
  • Buttplate/Pad: None
  • Length of Pull: N/A
  • Safety: Transfer Bar
  • Best Uses: Target/Plinking/Utility
  • Embellishments/Extras: Swivel Studs. 2 1/2″ Shells Only. Screw in Invector Choke
  • MSRP: $970