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SHOTGUNS, RIFLES
1866-2016 : 150 years of Winchester
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May 22, 1866
Oliver Winchester establishes the Winchester Repeating Arms Company to build the finest guns and ammunition possible.
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1866
With its polished brass receiver the Model 1866 “Yellow Boy” lever-action rifle is the first gun to bear the Winchester name.
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1873
The Model 1873 lever-action rifle is introduced in 44-40 WCF. Known as the “Gun That Won the West,” more than 700,000 are produced.
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1883
The Model 1883 Winchester Hotchkiss Magazine Gun, often called the Third Model, is introduced and is the first Winchester bolt-action rifle.

T.G. Bennett of Winchester purchases the manufacturing rights for a new single-shot rifle designed by John M. Browning.

1885
The Winchester Model 1885 Single Shot is introduced.
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1886
The Model 1886 lever-action rifle is introduced to handle the large cartridges like the potent 45-70 Government.
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1887
The Model 1887 lever-action rifle and model 1887 pump-action shotgun are launched.

1890
The Model 1890 pump-action .22 rimfire rifle is introduced, along with the .22 Winchester Rim Fire cartridge.

1894
The Model 1894 lever-action rifle is introduced, becoming the best selling centerfire rifle in U.S. history.

1895
The Model 1895 centerfire rifle is introduced with an internal box magazine to handle modern pointed bullets.

1897
The Winchester Model 1897 is introduced. It’s the best-selling pump-action shotgun on the market.

1900
Tiffany & Co. produces a silver embellished Model 1894 in the Art Nouveau style for the Paris Exposition.

1903-1904
The Model 1898 breech-loading signal cannon is introduced.
Chambered for a 10-gauge blank shotgun shell, it remains a Winchester-branded product.

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1902
The Model 1902 single-shot .22 rimfire rifle is introduced and becomes famous as part of the Winchester Junior Rifle Corps Range Kit.

1905
The Model 1905 is introduced, the first Winchester self-loading centerfire rifle and the first Winchester rifle with a detachable box magazine.

1912
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The Model 1912 pump shotgun is introduced and becomes one of the world’s most popular and respected designs of all time.

1919
The Model 52 rimfire bolt-action target rifle is introduced and it soon becomes the benchmark.
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1920
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1920
The Model 20 rifle is launched, chambered in .410. The Model 20 was part of the ”Winchester Junior Trap Shooting Outfit” armory.

1931
The Model 21 side-by-side shotgun is introduced and establishes Winchester’s reputation for building top-quality sporting arms.

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1933
Three new guns are introduced; the Model 63 rimfire rifle, the Model 64 lever-action centerfire rifle and the Model 42 pump-action shotgun.

1935
The Model 69 bolt-action rimfire rifle is introduced.

1936
The legendary Model 70 centerfire bolt action rifle begins production and soon becomes known as the “Rifleman’s Rifle.”

1955
The Model 88 is introduced, breathing new life into the lever-action rifle.

1964
The first of many Winchester Factory Commemoratives is a Model 1894 produced for the Wyoming Diamond Jubilee. It remains among the rarest of the all Winchester Factory Commemoratives, and establishes the Custom Shop as an important part of commemorative design and production.

1972
A rimfire version of the Model 1894 is launched. Called the 9422 it helps introduce a whole new generation to the Winchester lever-action mystique.

1974
The Super X Model 1 autoloading shotgun introduced
— the first of the Super X automatic shotguns.

1976
Winchester celebrated the United States Bicentennial with the specially engraved Model 1894 Bicentennial in an aged silver workshop finish and featuring an inlaid medallion.

1978
The Model 1300 pump shotgun and Model 1500 autoloading shotgun are introduced, as well as the Model 23 side-by-side shotgun.

1979
The first limited series of 1,000 Model 1894 and Model 9422 rifle pairs is launched.

1983
The Model 9422 Annie Oakley rimfire commemorative carbine is released, the first such firearm to honor a woman.

1988
A new era of autoloading shotgun performance begins with the Winchester Super X2.
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1993
The Model 70 Custom Sharpshooter is introduced. Fitted with a Schneider stainless steel barrel, it comes with a 1 MOA accuracy guarantee and is one of the world’s first match-grade factory rifles.

1996
BOSS
The optional Ballistic Optimizing Shooting System (BOSS) is introduced, combining a barrel tuner and ported muzzle break that allows the shooter to fine tune their rifle with just a twist of the wrist.

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2000
The Supreme® over-and-under shotgun is introduced.
The Model 70 is named “Bolt-Action Rifle of the Century” by Shooting Times.

2003
Building on the “shorter is better” concept, the Winchester Super Short Magnums (WSSM) are unveiled.

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2005
The Winchester Super X2 autoloader sets the first of three new world records.

2006
The Super X3 autoloading shotgun is introduced with an improved, self-adjusting Active Valve gas system.

2008
The Model 70 rifle returns, equipped with the latest three-lever M.O.A. Trigger System and an improved three-position safety.

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2010
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In honor of the 200th birthday of Oliver F. Winchester, Winchester offers a special Model 1894 rifle and limited edition collectible ammunition.

2015
The introduction of the XPR rifle marks the first new Winchester brand bolt action centerfire design in more than 50 years. It is a robust, reliable and affordable hunting rifle that’s intended to carry the brand forward for decades to come.

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2016
Winchester proudly introduces a host of commemoratives including the Model 1866 Yellow Boy — the gun that started it all 150 years ago.

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