February 16, 2008

The Original Winchester Name is Back

Winchester Rifles and Shotguns

The Morgan, Utah based makers of Winchester rifles and shotguns have announced the historic return to the original name given the brand nearly 150 years ago. In 1866 Oliver Winchester named his company ñ and the brand of rifles he was selling ñ Winchester Repeating Arms. Going forward all Winchester branded sporting firearms will fall under the Winchester Repeating Arms banner.

In the mid 20th century the usage was often shortened to just ìWinchester.î In recent years reference to Winchester firearms fell under the umbrella brand of Winchester Rifles and Shotguns. Today, with the launching of the 2008 product line, including the new Model 70 and the entry of the new Speed Pump shotgun, it is fitting for the company to return to its roots. Other Winchester Repeating Arms products include the Super X3 autoloading shotgun (known for its extreme speed and reliability), the Super X Rifle (an autoloading centerfire rifle with impressive, bolt action-like accuracy), the Wildcat 22 bolt action, and the impressive line of Model 101 and Platinum over and under shotguns (made in Belgium).

The Winchester brand is licensed to the makers of Winchester firearms by the Olin Corporation. Olin is the owner of the legendary Winchester Ammunition brand and owns and licenses the brand to a number of quality companies who make hunting and shooting related products. Winchester Repeating Arms and Winchester Ammunition are the anchor brands for the Winchester family of products.

Comments (2)

Will they ever come back out with the lever guns again?I was never much for winchester,I just hate to see an american company go away.

Posted by: bigdude4866067 | April 17, 2008 6:28 PM    Report this comment

I'll get to the Winchester article in a moment, but first I am compelled to compliment you on the new website, and the exceptional material that you have chosen to publish. I have been a subscriber for a couple of years now, and while your newsletters were interesting and informative, they were not exceptional. No more; you (we)have a winner, and my sincere congratulations to you for 'our' new reading room. Now, Winchester: I am likely a bit older than many of your readers (>65), and I remember well the Winchester line of lever-action rifles that youngsters saw, and loved in the Western movies. I'll battle my way to the front of the line to buy one if only Winchester would again offer a full line of the lever-actions with which I (and many,many others) grew up.

Posted by: Corespray | April 12, 2008 11:19 AM    Report this comment

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