In my slow but steady way of trying to acquire the various rifles used by Federal sharpshooters throughout the war (to have the proper arm for the particular reenactment), I have at last gotten my hands on a Henry rifle. I feel great about it, been dreaming of one for a long time.
The challenge of course is blanks: not making them but feeding them through the magazine. The magazine feed was, as one would expect, designed to feed and chamber a round made up of bullet and case, whereas a blank is little more than case.
Hopefully, there is a Henry rifle user or two or three frequenting this forum, who could share with me what modifications you have made to the rifle (and to the round, as necessary) to allow the magazine system to work with blanks.
One veteran has already kindly shared with me his method, which seems sure, but also seems rather complicated and is not totally benign to the rifle. Maybe that is the only way to go, perhaps there are other useful methods. I would appreciate hearing how some of you have solved this problem.
Brady Sharp Shooters