Though not well known today, Winchester’s first semi-automatic rifles saw service in and above the trenches of World War I, faced big and dangerous game, and set the stage for the modern sporting rifle.
Think the Mauser Broomhandle or a Colt was the first semi-automatic pistol? Think again. There were plenty of guns ahead of them. What, never heard of a Dormus? Read on.
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.
The sight of a G-Man with a Thompson is one of the most iconic images of the FBI. But the Bureau has issued its agents many other long guns, ranging from pump-action Remingtons to Rock River M4s.