Some legends just refuse to die—in the gun world, the Winchester repeating rifle is one of the most respected firearms of all time.
Known as “The Gun That Won The West”, the introduction of the Winchester repeater surely stood out among other rifles of its time. Featured on many outdoor, hunting, and reality TV shows, here is a brief history on the legend that is the Winchester repeater:
- Hunt, Arrowsmith, and Jennings
Shortly after the Civil War, Walter Hunt along with partners George Arrowsmith and Lewis Jennings worked on a rifle which featured a tube-loading repeater—they acquired a patent in 1849 and formed the Volcanic Arms Company. After a few more individuals improved upon the rifle’s design, an investor by the name of Oliver Winchester purchased a majority share of the Volcanic Arms Company.
- The First Winchester Rifle
Weapons produced by the company didn’t bear the Winchester name until 1866. That year, the Model 1866 became the first repeater rifle ever to hit the market. Subsequent improvements led to the development of the legendary Model 1873. This rifle was revolutionary for its time due to its center fire cartridges and .44 caliber ammunition capability.
- Modern Winchesters
Although their legendary rifle was introduced well over a hundred years ago, the Winchester Repeating Arms company still sells lever and bolt-action rifles and shotguns to this day. The repeater rifle, which has been made famous in movies and Western lore, is still made with the same commitment to quality.
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