Henry has designed and donated 88 limited-edition Henry “Ethan’s Army” Edition Golden Boy lever-action rifles to benefit the family of 2-year-old Ethan Shaw from Pleasant View, TN, and assist with the medical expenses associated with childhood cancer treatment. These rifles are available now through Henry Repeating Arms’ website and the first in the series, ETHANSARMY01, is currently up for auction on GunBroker.com. All proceeds from the sales of the “Ethan’s Army” rifles will be presented to the Shaw family.
Henry Repeating Arms President/Owner Anthony Imperato learned of Ethan’s battle with Embryonal tumors with multilayered rosettes (ETMR) in May of this year and immediately offered assistance through Henry’s ‘Guns For Great Causes’ program—a division of Henry Repeating Arms focused on charitable donations for sick children and hospitals, veterans organizations, and shooting sports and wildlife conservation. ETMR is considered one of the most aggressive forms of brain tumors encountered in children, and the family was incurring medical expenses outside of their insurance coverage in excess of $17,000 a month for the medications alone. From the sales of the “Ethan’s Army” rifles, the company expects to present the family with over $50,000.
With the production of the rifles well underway, on June 11, Imperato received the devastating news that Ethan had succumbed to his illness. Imperato says, “My heart is broken for Ethan’s parents and his eight older siblings. We set out to make these rifles to show Ethan that the Henry Family is standing with him in his battle, and now we must release these rifles in honor of his life.” He continues, “The last thing parents want to think about after losing their child to an illness like this are finances, so we hope that this Guns For Great Causes initiative helps ease that burden.”
The “Ethan’s Army” edition rifle, chambered in .22 S/L/LR, is built with a Brasslite receiver cover, barrel band, and brass buttplate. It also features a 20-inch blued steel octagon barrel with fully adjustable sights. The genuine American Walnut buttstock is engraved with a silhouette of Ethan in the foreground with his entire family standing behind him. Ethan’s profile is hand-painted with a Tennessee flag motif. Baron Engraving of Trumbull, CT, donated the engraving and design work for these rifles.
The limited-edition series of 88 rifles bears a unique serial number ranging from “ETHANSARMY01” to “ETHANSARMY88.” All the rifles are available for purchase directly from Henry Repeating Arms with a price of $550. Serial number ETHANSARMY01 is up for auction at the above link on GunBroker.com.