The Henry 1860 repeating rifle is considered the grandfather of all modern day lever actions, being incorporated under the Winchester brand into the famous 1866 repeating rifle.
Having gained a name in the American civil war as the rifle which could be loaded on Sunday and fired all week long, the 15 round Henry repeater in .44 rimfire was taken across to Africa by no other than Henry Morton Stanley on his now infamous journey to find Dr David Livingstone. Records show his arsenal for the expedition included 2 repeating Carbines, an 1866 15 round carbine in .44 rimfire and a 1876 carbine in 45-75.
After a few months exploring lake Tanganyika together, the two men parted ways with Henry M. Stanley leaving behind with Dr Livingstone, a repeating rifle along with 1500 cartridges in .44 rimfire. From this point the use and whereabouts of the rifle fades as Livingstone made his way south into Zambian territory and eventually befallen by fever and exhaustion, succumbed to the continent at the village of Chitambo in Northern Zambia.
After 143 years, the HENRY REPEATING RIFLE in 1860 form is set to return to the place where Dr Livingstones heart lies buried in Chief Chitambo's realm. The territory is still remote and untraveled by most, a small sign pointing to the memorial, the palace of the incumbent chief and the tree under which his remains lie.