The Rice Lake-manufactured Henry Repeating Arms Big Boy All-weather Rifle is in the final four of the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest.
The contest, sponsored by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and Johnson Financial Group, aims to highlight the state’s manufacturing industry–which employs nearly one in five Wisconsinites. More than 150 products from across the state have been nominated, and nearly 210,000 votes were cast in the first three rounds to determine the top four.
Voting for the final round goes until Oct. 8. People can vote once every 24 hours at www.madeinwis.com.
According to www.henryusa.com the gun is “noticeably lighter in heft than our hardened-brass Big Boys with octagon barrels, while offering the same adjustable sights, the same accuracy, the same magazine capacities, the same magazine tube loading feature, the same sling swivel studs, the same rifle-style fore-end cap, and the same non-slip solid rubber recoil pad.”
“The durable hard chrome plating that just doesn’t give up moves the dependable pistol-calibered platform squarely into “Next Gen” status, and combined with the tough moisture-resistant industrial-grade coating on the hardwood furniture, you can match one up with your favorite revolver caliber, your favorite stainless steel handgun, your favorite truck, or your favorite saddle scabbard, in rain, sleet, hail, snow, or whatever weather conditions your trail may lead you into.”
Also in the final four are the Mercury Racing 450R Outboard Motor, Mayville Engineering Company 400 Defender Clay Target Machine and LDV, Inc. Custom Specialty Vehicles.
This is the fourth annual year of the contest. Past winners include Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Kringle from Uncle Mike’s Bake Shoppe in De Pere (2018), Oshkosh Corp.’s joint light tactical vehicle (2017) and the Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight Engine (2016).
With a history dating back to the Civil War, Henry Repeating Arms is based in Bayonne, New Jersey, but has had a presence in Rice Lake since 2007 when it purchased the former Wright Products plant. Since then Henry Wisconsin has grown from producing parts to manufacturing guns from start to finish.