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Homesteader 9mm — SHOT Show 2023 by JEFF CRAMBLIT

Henry Repeating Arms has moved into the realm of the semi-automatic 9mms. The Homesteader is here to take care of business around the house.

For light-skinned game hunting, pests, or home defense their new magazine fed semi-auto should do the trick.

Top tang-mounted safety is easy for right or left-handed shooters to find and operate.

The Homesteader has a barrel just over 16 inches and that added length increases the velocity of the 9mm rounds making them more impressive than the 1,200 fps typically seen from pistols.

Henry built a proprietary 5-round flush-fitting magazine and a 10-round extended for the Homesteader to give it adequate firepower for defense, but this also should make it legal in most states.

Ten-round capacity Henry magazine.

However, they are going above and beyond by also offering adapters to allow for the use of Glock or S&W M&P magazines.

That really opens the barn door for “high-capacity” magazines if you so choose. It also leans this traditional-looking rifle towards the days of old when revolvers and carbines shared the same cartridges so you only needed one.

The rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation.

The top of the receiver has threaded holes for mounting a Pic rail if an optic is desired. The barrel is fitted with a rear peep sight and a front ramped post. The location of these on the barrel allows mounting an optic without disturbing your iron sights

As traditional as the Homesteader is, it still has a couple of ambidextrous features. The bolt handle can be installed on either side of the bolt for operation; lefties have to appreciate that.

In addition, the bolt release is ambidextrous, there is one on either side at the front of the trigger guard.

Optic mounted on Picatinny rail and ambi slide release.


  • Caliber                         9 mm
  • Capacity 5-round flush fit and 10-round extended Henry proprietary
  • Barrel Length              16.1 inches
  • Weight                        5+ lbs
  • Stocks                          Real wood
  • Sights                          Ghost ring rear/ steel post
  • Rail                              Picatinny 1913
  • MSRP                          $928 (Henry magazines), $956 (with Glock or S&W magazine adapter)

The magazine release is mounted on the centerline on the bottom of the rifle just forward of the magazine, making it equally accessible from either side.

Magazine port and release on the bottom of the receiver.

The official release of the Homesteader is not until February so you won’t see it on dealer racks yet.

In fact, it’s not even on the website yet! But that shouldn’t keep you from telling your dealer to get you one on order.

The Homesteader is an absolute blast to shoot.  It should fit just about everyone, has little to no recoil, and with an extended magazine, it makes a fun gun to shoot or a formidable defense carbine.

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