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.
Theodore Roosevelt made legendary the Winchester Model 1895/.405 Win. during his year-long African safari, dubbing the rifle, "Big Medicine for Lions."
In a desperate need for arms to fight the Germans, the Russian Army turned to Winchester, purchasing Model 1895s in 7.62x54 mm R.