The 2013 lineup of Winchester Repeating Arms rifles and shotguns has arrived. And it is better than ever. Watch the 2013 Winchester Repeating Arms video to get a quick overview of all the great new guns. Select the video then click on "full screen" in the lower right corner.
The biggest news is the return of the Winchester Model 1873 lever action. Although Winchester rifles in general have often been referred to as "The Gun That Won The West," it was the 1873 that really did do the job.. It was the primary working gun in the age of Westward expansion and it did it's job very well. At the time of its introduction the transcontinental railroad had been operation for only about three years. And the finer details of a great deal of western North America were only loosely mapped. There was only one Dakota and many western states were not states at all, they were territories.
Jack O' Connor Tributes and other 2012 guns getting hard to find.
The Model 70 is always a bit harder to find than other rifles. Specifically the Jack O'Connor Tribute rifles introduced last year are just about sold through to people like you. Each model was of limited production.
Also, last year was the 75th Anniversary of the Model 70. These also are no longer in production. It is fitting that the primary gun celebrating th 75 year milestone was the favorite rifle of Jack O'Connor. O'Connor made no bones about which rifle he preferred and he set the industry on it's ear when he strongly promoted the 270 Winchester caliber for many big game hunting situations, including elk. The Jack O'Connor Tribute guns are very close to the look, fit and feel of his own special Model 70.
No gunwriter ever did more for the Model 70 and no rifle ever did more for Jack O'Connor. The original is shown in the video below.
In the video below watch an interview done at the 2012 SHOT Show with the Winchester product manager for the Model 70. At the show Bradford O'Connor dropped by to join in announcing these special rifles commemorating his dad's great love of the Winchester Model 70.