SHOT 2023: Henry Homesteader 9mm Rifle

File this under “Things we didn’t see coming”, especially in its first SHOT Show appearance. The Homesteader pistol-caliber carbine from Henry is a 9mm Luger-chambered system, all with the Henry flair.

Henry has surprised the industry by having a SHOT Show booth and then releasing a 9mm pistol-caliber rifle. Folks that tested it on the SHOT range day were impressed at the handling as much as the look. [Photo credit: TTAG]

The Homesteader has a unique design with Henry’s traditional styling along with Henry’s magazine design. Adapters are to be available for Glock, Smith & Wesson, and Sig Sauer magazines. The wood furniture and classic layout are equal parts simple and good. The American walnut stock is offset by the shine of the action.

The Henry Homesteader was a part of a Friend of the NRA giveaway in 2022, but it looks like little has been updated. It is built with a two-piece stock that is designed to be fully ambidextrous. This applies to the centrally mounted tang safety, the magazine release that is forward of the magazine, and the bolt hold-open mechanism that is found on either side. While the charging handle comes from the factory mounted on the right, there is a cutout on the left of the receiver to swap it over.

Similar Homesteader Rifle
Henry Repeating Rifles donated a Homesteader to the NRA last year for a giveaway. Shown above, the rifle doesn’t look to have changed much, minus the engraving on the receiver. [Photo credit: NRA]

The 16” barrel comes threaded 1/2×28 from Henry, which allows for fast and accurate attachment of a suppressor. The top of the barrel has a ghost-ring sighting system, including a forward peep sight and an adjustable aperture rear sight. The Picatinny rail is also an option for those that prefer other optics.

Early reports of those testing the rifle state that either the rifle has a great recoil spring or some kind of tuning with the rifle’s blowback action, but without the recoil of said blowback system. Those same folks say that the rifle is fun and easy to shoot.

The Henry Homesteader 9mm pistol-caliber carbine has a price tag of $928. You can check it out yourself at SHOT Show in booth 43462.