Evil Roy Firearms

Who’s ever heard of an “Evil Roy?”

Looking at all of the different model names on firearms, such as Buck Mark, Golden Boy, Rough Rider, etcetera, one would think there isn’t anything that unusual. That they match to the individual model in some way. However, say “Evil Roy” and unless people knew their Henry rifles, they would not think of a gun. In fact, the actual Evil Roy is Gene Pearcy. He’s a well-known, champion cowboy shooter.

Henry and Pearcy teamed up to create a frontier carbine rifle, and stamped it Evil Roy. Every one of these firearms comes off the line with Evil Roy branded into the walnut stock. It is made in the silver series with a brushed nickel finish on the receiver and barrel band. It has a big, loop lever for use with gloves. The barrel is a blued octagon, giving it further looks of the old west.

A cowboy classic for the modern era

The short, 16.5-inch barrel and overall length of 34.25 inches, makes it a perfect “pull up and shoot” rifle. Further assisting in this is the brass front bead sight with adjustable, white diamond rear sight. Adding a scope is easy. The rifle comes with a 3/8-inch rimfire rail, ready to add whatever type of optical sight is wanted—scope or reflex. I have used a Tasco scope, and OTW Red Dot scope. But, with this rifle, I would rather use the open iron sights. There is just something about the “Old West” flavor of this gun that cries out not to use optics.

Using the open sights is a lot of fun. Part of that is the fact that it is very accurate. I did do a little fine-tuning, but not all that much. Evil Roy didn’t need it.

Made for plinking targets in .22-caliber

The gun is available in two models: .22 long rifle and .22 Magnum. The .22 long rifle can also shoot both short and long cartridges. A tube magazine holds 12 rounds of .22 long rifle, 16 of .22 short, and seven of .22 Magnum. I normally load 10 rounds of .22LR, since I use either a Spee-D-Loader (max of 11 rounds per chamber) or Catch-22 ammo box/loader (5 rounds per chamber). That makes my loading the same as with the Mare’s Leg, which has a 10-round capacity in its tube magazine.

Quite the impressive addition

You can probably already tell that I am very impressed with this rifle. It is one of my favorites, right alongside the Golden Boy. Then again, all of my Henrys are favorites for one reason or another, as each has a special use for me. The Evil Roy, as with all Henry rifles, has an extremely smooth lever action. It is quick to place on target, and has a perfect trigger pull. The weight is also very good at just 5.5 pounds.

Being lighter weight and shorter, it is perfect for just about any shooter, no matter their size or experience. That was one of the goals when Gene Pearcy teamed with Henry to design this firearm.

Accuracy is not an issue

My shooting, in freestanding and setting positions, has been with 4-, 6- and 8-inch targets, from 10 to 50 yards. All distances have been good. The 50-yard accuracy, in the freestanding position, with open iron sights, is not as dead center. But, I placed most shots within the middle 2- to 3-inch area, with a few out to 6 inches.

After sighting in a scope, the rifle drilled a hole in the center area. I used a Lucky Gunner sight-in target, which has 1-inch squares, and is a free download from the Internet.

When Mark Millichamp, NRA/CCW/Cowboy Shooter, and I shot on his iron target range, using Federal LRN, 729, 1200 fps ammo, the Evil Roy “clanged” away. There were no problems of hitting targets with every shot.

Easy to shoot with just about anything in the magazine

As for ammunition, it doesn’t seem like the Evil Roy has a problem with anything. I’ve used several brands and velocities, ranging from the very quiet 500- and 710-fps loads to the higher velocity 1480-fps rounds.

Once you pick up and shoot an Evil Roy, you will be ready to strap on a Heritage Rough Rider, and grab a cowboy hat to complete the package. You might even want a Mare’s Leg like Steve McQueen used in the old western, Wanted: Dead or Alive.

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