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Winchester Firearms Marks 150 Years of Excellence


The Winchester company and American history have been wedded for the past 150 years. Help celebrate their anniversary and learn something in the process.

"Over the past 150 years, no single brand of firearms and ammunition has played a bigger role in writing history than Winchester." So claims the "Milestones" video just released by the famous company celebrating its 150 year anniversary.

Starting in 1866 with the establishment of the company, the short film travels a timeline of important events in the history of Winchester and the country over the last 150 years.

Supporting the anniversary, Winchester has created a website designed to help you navigate that timeline. A few highlights:

From the use of Winchester repeating arms and ammunition in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1883, to the introduction of the first commercial smokeless centerfire cartridges - including the famed .30-.30 - in 1895, Winchester left the 19th century with an indelible mark on the culture.

In 1909 Teddy Roosevelt brought 15 crates of Winchester rifles and ammunition with him to Africa for a year-long safari, further increasing the fame and credibility of the brand. The safari was sponsored by the Smithsonian and received much acclaim around the world.

In 1919 artist illustrator Philip R. Goodwin created the iconic Winchester galloping horse and rider logo. And in 1925 Jack O'Connor helped to catapult the .270 Winchester into the annals of hunting lore.

During WWII 15,000,000,000 rounds of Winchester ammunition helped our boys defeat the Nazis and Imperial Japan.

During the first decade of the 21st century's Global War on Terror, the company supplied our armed forces with over 2,000,000,000 rounds of ammunition.

Winchester continues its commitment to innovation today, with groundbreaking developments in ammunition performance.

You can join in the celebration at the Winchester 150 Years website. Read the timeline and watch the videos, and share your own stories and photographs of your favorite hunting and shooting memories.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by David Smith at his facebook page, Stumpjack Outdoors.


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Winchester Firearms Marks 150 Years of Excellence