It was 150 years ago that the name “Winchester” was first stamped on a rifle. But Winchester’s narrative began well before that, and it is a tale tied to the American West, to the wars of the 20th century, to big personalities such as John Browning and John Olin, and to the manufacture of billions of cartridges and millions of rifles and shotguns beloved by generations of Americans.
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.
Firearms have been a part of this nation since, well, long before it was a nation. The right to them was endowed by the Creator; they secured our Freedom as Americans, they helped expand the Nation, and then became the basis of the manufacturing ascendency of the United States for more than a century.
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.
Henry Repeating Arms Co. is expanding its capacity to better serve its customers, but the biggest news coming from the company is the production of the Original Henry Rifle.
The lever-action Winchester Model 1873, the company’s first center-fire, is a classic piece of Americana, and its iconic lines are instantly recognizable. Now it is back in the Winchester catalog, and the barrels are roll-marked “Winchester” for the first time since 1919.