150 Legendary Years.
Oliver F. Winchester Creates the “Winchester Repeating Arms Company." Never one to be satisfied with the status quo, Oliver F. Winchester created the “Winchester Repeating Arms Company” in 1866. He continued to refine the original Henry lever-action design and asked his plant superintendent, Nelson King (who had recently replaced Mr. Henry in that role) to make some changes. Mr. King’s improvements included an enclosed magazine tube, a side loading gate and a wooden forearm. The new gun was called the Model 1866, and it represents the lever-action rifle as we know it today.
Happy 150th anniversary! So there you have it – a short history on how the development of firearms and ammunition designs in the mid-1800s lead to the creation of Winchester. We hope you’ll join in wishing the Winchester brand a very happy 150th anniversary – and many more to come!
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Article copyright Winchester Repeating Arms, 2016. Written by Winchester Repeating Arms staff writer, Scott Engen. Most photos above are used with permission and others, to the best of our understanding, are in the public domain.