...and what a surprise. There were a couple of other .22's in our group (including a Marlin 60). The Henry was a hit with everyone. Upon emptying the tube magazine, my nephew grinned and said he wants one. He already has a pretty nice collection but lacks a lever action. In short, everyone enjoyed handling/shooting this rifle. The Henry was smooth beyond expectation. I realize I may be exaggeration a bit when I say this, but the Henry seemed to have no more recoil than the Daisy BB gun I had as kid. The lever action was smooth as silk. Lever action may seem antiquated and out dated to some, but I enjoyed it. And for me, enjoying something is the gold standard.