Originally Posted by SquirrelMurder
A.) Henry "octagon" lever repeater
B.) S&W M&P15-22 AR (this will lead to a tactical build)
What do you guys think?
Well I think that you are obviously a genius since I have both of those wonderful firearms in my collection! My Henry is a Golden Boy with all the brass finish and some really nice Marble's Buckhorn sights. This thing is pretty enough to take to the prom and the action is a party for your sense of touch. The octagonal barrel is heavy, which in the olden days meant good heat absorption hence accuracy. Today they call it a "bull-barrel" and act like it's a new invention (NOT!). But Golden or blued, a Henry lever-gun is a joy to own and shoot; you'll love it!
At the other end of the spectrum is the M&P 15-22! It is also an accurate, well made (in America!) shooter in the modern "black-rifle" mode. While the Henry is almost Amish in it's lack of options, the 15-22 can be festooned with almost anything a "real" AR-15 or CAR-4 can hold. It also will accept many of the custom trigger systems that the 5.56 rigs use. If you check the 15-22 forums (the Smith & Wesson site has a good one) you will see pictures of these things dressed up in enough tacti-cool gear to make Nancy Pelosi faint dead away at the sight of one. Underneath all that stuff is a fast-firing, accurate rifle that is a bit sensitive to ammo type and brand but generally extremely reliable and rugged.
In short, you've chosen well in my opinion and will enjoy both of these rifles for years to come. Well done, my friend!