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American Guns: 10 Firearms That Shaped Our Nation

Firearms are a crucial part of American culture, so it's no surprise that they've played an essential role in shaping American history. Here are 10 of the most important.

Handloading The .44-40 Win.

Introduced in the Model 1873, the .44 Winchester Central Fire, as it was originally called, was the first center-fire cartridge to become available in a Winchester lever-action rifle.

Mort Künstler Gettysburg Tribute 1860 Henry Rifle

The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1-3, 1863. America Remembers marks the anniversary with this tribute rifle to ensure future generations never forget our nation’s history.

The Winchester Story

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.

Winchester Lever-Actions Go To War

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.

10 Guns That Shaped America

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.

Leveraging Heritage

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 Gives Back to Great Causes

At the 2014 National NRA Banquet and Auction in Indianapolis, Ind., Anthony Imperato, president and owner of Henry Repeating Arms, presented a check for $100,000 to the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

Henry Repeating Arms Co. Expands Line and Capacity

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.

Winchester's 'New' Model 1873

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.

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