When it came to gun knowledge or shooting skill, no chief executive, now or then, was the equal of President Theodore Roosevelt. When it came to rifles, he not only preferred those of the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., he used them with confidence throughout his life.
Rendered in blued steel and walnut, Winchester’s .224-cal. Light Weight Military Rifle could well have become the U.S. Army’s standard arm. But the company gave up on the project in the face of competition from Armalite and its futuristic AR-15.
Jan. 8, 2016, would have been the American icon's 81st birthday, and America Remembers has announced a limited-edition Elvis Presley Tribute Lever-Action Shotgun—a detailed recreation of the 1887 lever-action shotgun once produced by Winchester.
Although the U.S. military snubbed lever-action Winchesters, other nations, attracted by their innovation or just desperate for arms, used them from nearly the company’s inception through the mud and blood of the Great War and into the Spanish Civil War.
Lever-action rifles are an indelible fixture in the history of firearm development and played a key role in the formation of these United States. Recently, however, iconic manufacturers have closed up shop or moved production of such classic long guns overseas. The resulting void has opened the door for Henry Repeating Arms Co. to expand its catalog of American-made lever guns.