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Below is a brief timeline of historical information regarding Winchester Firearms. Winchester was in the great tradition of independent, creative, inventive craftsmen of the Connecticut valleys. They were hard working, meticulous, demanding, domineering, craftsmen with the sincere puritanical belief that if they worked hard, made something better, offered it at a price people could afford, then God, nature and the intelligence of the American people would recognize their effort and reward them.
|1854||Introduction of volcanic repeating handguns.|
|1855||Volcanic Repeating Arms Company formed.
Oliver Winchester buys stock in Volcanic Repeating Arms.
Volcanic carbine introduced
|1856||Offices moved to New Haven, Connecticut.
Name changed to New Haven Arms Company.
|1860||Henry rifle patented.|
|1862||First Henry rifles are sold.|
|1866||Oliver Winchester buys control of New Haven Arms Company and changes name to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.
Model 1866 “Yellow Boy lever action introduced — first gun to bear the Winchester name.
|1868||Assets of Spencer Company purchased by Winchester.|
|1873||Model 1873 lever action introduced in centerfire and rimfire.|
|1875||Winchester buys rights to Hotchkiss bolt action centerfire.|
|1876||Model 1876 lever action introduced.|
|1879||John Browning patents his single shot rifle|
|1880||Oliver Winchester passes on.|
|1883||Model 1883 Hotchkiss Magazine Gun introduced. First Winchester bolt action.|
|1885||Rights to Model 1885 Single Shot bought by Winchester from John Browning. The first of many Browning designs made by Winchester.|
|1886||Model 1886 lever action introduced.|
|1887||Model 1887 lever action shotgun introduced.
Model 1887 pump action shotgun introduced.
|1890||T.G. Bennett becomes president of Winchester Repeating Arms Company.
Model 1890 slide action .22 rimfire introduced.
|1892||Model 1892 lever action introduced.|
|1894||Model 1894 lever action introduced. The 94 is without doubt the most famous of all deer hunting rifles in history. In addition, no rifle came to symbolize the romance of the West more that the Winchester Model 94.|
|1895||Model 1895 centerfire rifle introduced. Utilizes a box magazine especially designed to accommodate the recently introduced high power smokeless cartridges and pointed bullets.|
|1899||Model 1890 bolt action .22 rimfire introduced.|
|1903||Model 1903 semi-auto .22 rimfire introduced.|
|1911||Model 1911 semi-auto shotgun introduced. The first Winchester semi-auto shotgun.|
|1912||Model 1912 pump shotgun introduced. Later called the Model 12.|
|1919||Model 52 rimfire bolt action introduced.|
|1925||Model 54 centerfire bolt action rifle introduced.|
|1930||Model 21 side-by-side. Considered the premiere American made double.|
|1931||Olin purchases Winchester Repeating Arms Company and combines it with the Western Cartridge Company.|
|1932||Model 62 slide action .22 rimfire is introduced.|
|1936||Model 70 centerfire bolt action rifle introduced. The first centerfire bolt action designed by Winchester specifically for sporting use.|
|1937||Model 37 single shot shotgun introduced.|
|1954||Model 50 semi-auto shotgun.|
|1959||Model 59 semi-auto shotgun introduced.|
|1963||Original Model 70 discontinued. Rifles before this date became known as Pre-’64 Model 70s. Model 101 over/under shotgun introduced.|
|1964||New Model 70 introduced.
Original Model 1400 introduced.
Model 1200 pump shotgun introduced.
Model 94 antique.
|1966||Model 66 introduced — first commemorative produced.|
|1967||Model 94 saddle ring carbine.
Model 94 Classic.
|1972||Model 9422 introduced.
|1974||Super-X Model 1 semi-auto shotgun introduced.|
|1978||Model 1300 pump & 1500 semi-auto shotguns introduced.
Model 23 XTR
|1979||Model 94 XTR
Model 94 XTR Big Bore
|1981||U.S. Repeating Arms Company is formed and continues manufacturing Winchester brand rifles and shotguns in New Haven, Connecticut, under license from Olin Corporation.|
|1982||Model 70 Westerner|
|1983||Model 94 Chief Crazy Horse Commemorative
Model 9422 Annie Oakley Commemorative
|1984||Model 94 angle eject
Winchester & Colt Commemorative set
Model 1300 Featherweight pump shotgun, 12 ga. and 20 ga.
Model Winchester Ranger semi-auto shotgun, 12 ga. and 20 ga.
Model 1300 pistol grip models
Model 70 Featherweight Ultra Grade
|1985||Model 70 Lightweight carbine standard action
Model 70 Lightweight mini-carbine short action
Model 70 XTR Sporter
Model 70 XTR Super Express Magnum
Model 70 XTR Sporter Varmint
Model 94 angle eject standard Big Bore carbine
Model 9422 XTR rifle standard or magnum calibers
Model 9422 XTR Classic rifle standard or magnum calibers
Model 9422 Eagle Scout Limited Edition
Model 9422 Boy Scouts of American Commemorative
Model 1300 magnum Waterfowl
Model 70 Ranger youth model carbine
Model 1300 Ranger youth slide action
Model 70 Ranger bolt action, standard action
Model 94 Ranger lever action carbine
|1986||Model 23 Classic Series — Quail Special, Super, Pigeon, two barrel hunting set
Model 23 Classic 12 gauge
Model 23 Classic 20 gauge
Model 23 Classic 28 gauge
Model 23 Classic .410 gauge
Model 23 Custom two barrel set
Model 23 Golden Quail
Model 23 Light Duck
Model 94 120th Commemorative Anniversary Carbine
Model 9422 “The Lady”
|1987||Model 70 50th Anniversary Edition
Model 70 Lightweight rifle longer barrel
Model 70 “WinTuff” “WinCam” and “WinLite”
Model 94 WinTuff carbine
Model 94 long barrel rifle
Model 9422 WinCam .22 magnum
Model 1300 Camo Pack 22″ and 30″ barrels
Model 1300 Ranger Deer combination pack
Model 1300 Ranger shotgun combination
|1988||Model 1300 Wild Turkey Federation “Gun of the Year”
Model 1300 XTR 28″ barrel
Model 1300 XTR Featherweight 22″ barrel
Model 1300 WinTuff magnum
Model 1300 WinTuff Deer gun with rifled barrel
|1989||Model 70 Varmint 26″ barrel|
|1990||Model 70 Sporter 25-06,
Model 70 Custom Super Grade 7mm Rem. Mag., 300 Win. Mag., 338 Win. Mag.
Model 70 Super Express .375 H&H Mag., 458 Win. Mag., .375 Standard
Model 9422 Exclusive Magnum models
Model 1400 28″, 20 ga. barrels — Slug Hunter
Model 1300 Slug Hunter
Model 1300 28″ barrels
Model 1300 Stainless Marine, corrosion resistant finishes
Model 70 Super Grade .270 Win., 30-06 Springfield
Model 70 Featherweight calibers, 65X55, 7mm Rem. Mag., 300 Win. Mag.
Model 70 Ranger — Adult .243 Win.– Ladies/Youth .308 Win.
Model 94 improved sights, quarter action
Model 1400 26″ barrel, High Grade model
Model 1400 Walnut Slug Hunter
Model 1400 all combos and deer guns drilled & tapped for scope
Model 1300 White Tails Unlimited “Gun of the Year”
Model 1300 26″ barrels, custom model
Model 1300 Ranger 26″, all deer
Model 1300 20 gauge Defender
|1992||New management at U.S. Repeating Arms. Plans for entirely new, modern production facility in New Haven, Connecticut, under license from Olin Corporation.
Model 70 Stainless rifle
Model 70 Featherweight classic with controlled round feeding
Model 70 detachable magazine
Model 70 .308 Win. in composite stock
Model 70 Ranger in .223 Rem.
Model 94 Large Loop Wrangler model in .357 Mag.
Model 1300 National Wild Turkey Federation Series III “Gun of the Year”
|1993||Model 70 Custom Sharpshooter 7mm STW
Model 70 Super Express model
Model 70 Heavy Varmint, synthetic stock, heavy barrel
Model 70 DBM-S, detachable box magazine
Model 12 Classic Traditions, 20 ga. Grade I-IV
Model 52 Classic Traditions .22 Sporting rifle
Model 42 Classic Traditions .410 High Grade
Model 1001 over/under shotgun
Model 1300 National Wild Turkey Federation Series IV
Model 1400 Quail Unlimited
|1994||Return of the Pre-’64 Model 70 type action design with claw extraction, controlled round feed, fixed-type ejection and many other features that made the original the most loved and prized bolt action rifle in history. Of all the Winchesters, no rifle design has been revered more among hunters, collectors, target shooters and outdoor writers than the Model 70 with the Pre-’64 type action
One Hundredth Anniversary of the Winchester Model 94 lever action. Specially engraved anniversary models are offered to commemorate the most famous of all Winchester lever actions. Often called “The Gun that Won the West.” Its design and effectiveness is so superior that it remains one of the most popular deer rifles in the world.
Model 94 Custom Limited Edition Centennial
Model 94 Limited Edition Grade I and High Grade
Model 70 Classic Custom Sharpshooter .220 Swift
Model 70 Classic Super Express .416 Rem. Mag.
Model 70 Heavy Varmint .220 Swift
Model 70 Classic DBM .284 Win.
Model 1300 Realtree Turkey gun
|1995||Model 70 Ultimate Classic with fluted barrel
Model 70 Ultimate Classic stainless with full octagon barrel
Model 94 Legacy
Model 1895 Limited Edition High Grade
Model 1895 Limited Edition Grade I
Model 9422 High Grade
Model 1001 discontinued
Model 1300 Turkey
Model 1300 Deer with rifle barrel, Full Advantage camo pattern
Model 1300 Deer with smoothbore barrel with Full Advantage camo pattern
|1996||Model 70 Custom Classic Sharpshooter II stainless steel
Model 70 Custom Classic Sporting Sharpshooter II
Model 70 Classic Featherweight All-Terrain
Model 9422 Trapper
|1996||Model 70 Ultimate Classic Stainless with full octagonal barrel, left-hand version
Model 63 High Grade semi-auto
Model 1895 Grade I
Model 1892 High Grade and Grade I
Model 70 Classic Featherweight Stainless
Model 70 Classic Laredo Long Range Hunter
Model 70 Classic Sporter right or left-hand
Model 94 Trails End with American Walnut stock
Model 9422 Anniversary Edition High Grade
Model 9422 Anniversary Edition Grade I
Model 1300 Turkey with gray all purpose Realtree camo full camo coverage
Model 1300 Advantage Field
Model 1300 Lady Defender 8 shot, 20 ga. with synthetic stock
Model 1300 Lady Defender 8 shot, 20 ga. with synthetic pistol grip stock
|1997||Model 1886 High Grade
Model 70 Classic Compact
Model 70 Classic Laredo LRH fluted barrel
Model 70 Classic Laminated Camo Stainless
Model 70 Black Shadow
Model 94 Black Shadow
Model 94 Ranger Compact
Model 9422 Legacy
Model 9422 Large Loop and walnut
Model 9422 High Grade Series II
|1999||Super X2 3 1/2″
Super X2 Turkey 3 1/2″
Super X2 3″
Super X2 Field 3″
Model 1300 Upland Special
Model 1300 Camp Defender
Model 70 Classic Safari Express
Model 94 Timber Carbine
Model 70 Custom African Safari, .358 STR
Model 70 Custom “Ultra Light” Mannlicher