Winchester is one of the best known names in the firearms industry. For over 140 years, they have been offering firearms and ammunition that can go toe to toe with any competitor and come out on top. It is often known as the “Gun that Won the West” and today this company continues to push the envelope of innovation with new products each year.
The early days of Winchester Repeating Arms Company began in Connecticut in a partnership between Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson. The largest stockholder was Oliver Winchester and he soon purchased the firm’s assets and rebranded it as the New Haven Arms Company in 1857. Nine years later, they reorganized and changed the name to Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Then they rolled out the first official Winchester rifle, the famed Model 1866. In 1873, they rolled out the Model 1873 with a centerfire cartridge and earned instant accolades among marksmen. When Oliver Winchester died, the company was turned over to his son, but he also died of tuberculosis four months later. Sarah Winchester became the company’s heir and then a new partnership developed in 1883 with John Browning. That’s when Winchester developed a series of rifles and shotguns that are still notorious among collectors today.
Over the years, the Winchester brand has evolved with changes in firearms technology. It remains one of the most famous firearms companies ever in existence and offers some of the top rated ammunition in the global marketplace.