Historical Timeline 2000-Present


2000s

2000. The Supreme over-and-under shotgun is introduced. Made in Belgium, this well-balanced smoothbore also represents the worldwide sourcing of firearms product manufacturing under the Winchester brand.

2000. The Model 1885 Low Wall rimfire rifle is reintroduced.

2000. The Model 70 named “Bolt-Action Rifle of the Century” by Shooting Times.

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2000. Xpert® Steel Shotshells are introduced. 

2001. The Model 9410 lever-action shotgun makes its debut.

2001. The 300 WSM (Winchester Short Magnum) cartridge is introduced, offering long-action magnum performance in a short-action rifle.  

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2001. Supreme® Partition Gold® High Velocity Sabot Slugs are introduced.

2001. During the first decade of the Global War on Terror, Winchester will deliver over two billion rounds of ammunition to support America’s Warfighters. 

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

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2004. The New Generation Model 1894 debuts with a top tang-mounted sliding safety. 

2004. Winchester introduces AccuBond™ CT® rifle ammo and Super-Target® shotshells  

2005. Winchester Ammunition celebrates its new rimfire manufacturing operations in Oxford, Mississippi. This location is also now home to one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the world for centerfire rifle and handgun ammunition manufacturing.  

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

2006. Production ceases at the factory in New Haven, Connecticut operated by U.S. Repeating Arms Company, Inc. in producing Winchester branded firearms.  

2006. The Super X3 autoloading shotgun is introduced. Its improved, self-adjusting Active Valve gas system gives outstanding reliability with virtually any factory shotshell. 

2006. Supreme Elite™ XP³™ rifle is introduced.

2006. Supreme® Xtended Range™ Hi-Density turkey loads are introduced. 

2007. The Select Model 101 is introduced with the added benefits of a low-profile receiver and the Invector-Plus interchangeable choke system.  

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

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2008. Winchester® Supreme® E-Tip™  lead-free ammunition is introduced. 

2009. Based on technology developed for the FBI, Winchester Ammunition introduces PDX1 Defender personal defense handgun ammunition.

2010. The Super X Pump shotgun is introduced. Built using the latest manufacturing technology, the SXP offers all the features that have made Winchester brand pumps favorite among sportsmen for generations. 

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

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2011. Winchester Blind Side Steel ammunition, with its ‘hex’ shape shot and diamond cut wad is named ammo product of the year by Outdoor Life and NRA American Hunter.  

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2012. The legendary Model 71 lever-action rifle returns to production.

2012. Razor Boar XT ammunition debuts, the first Winchester product specifically designed for hunting wild hogs.  

2013. The Model 1873 Short Rifle is introduced.

2013. The Gould Brothers begin shooting Winchester shotguns in their exhibitions.  

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2013. The 17 Winchester Super Magnum debuts. At 3,000 feet per second it’s the fastest rimfire cartridge in the world.

2014. Long Beard XR redefines turkey hunting ammunition. SHOT LOK technology uses a liquid resin that hardens, keeping the shot perfectly round as it travels down the barrel. It sets two new world records at the NWTF still target competition in Edgefield, South Carolina.

2014. Designed for the new shooter, Winchester’s W Train & Defend ammunition is matched for range training and personal defense.  

2014. The National Park Service finds an original Winchester Model 1873 rifle leaning against a gnarled juniper tree in a remote part of the Great Basin National Park in Nevada.  

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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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2015. Deer Season XP rifle ammunition debuts, with a larger polymer tip for improved expansion.  

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2015. This year marks 50th anniversary of Winchester AA shotshells. 

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

So, what’s next? Just wait and see what great ideas Winchester Repeating Arms has in store for the next 150 years!

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