U.S. Presidents and Winchester
Honoring US Presidents is something we do during the month of February in the United States. And here at Winchester Repeating Arms, we take a special moment to consider the US Presidents who used, loved and sometimes promoted the Winchester rifles and shotguns they loved so much. In this brief article, we review a few of these notable Presidents through history and highlight some of the special guns connected to them.
In this video, Ashley Hlebinsky, curator of the Cody Firearms Museum details several historic guns including the Kennedy Model 70 and the Eisenhower Model 1894.
In a write-up from the Smithsonian they offer these extra details: "The Henry, the first practical, lever action, repeating rifle, is the immediate forerunner of the famous Winchester rifles. About 14,000 were made between 1860 and 1866 by the New Haven Arms Company. Only about 1,731 Henry rifles were purchased by the Ordnance Department between 1862 and 1865. A number of units in the West purchased them at their own expense. It was especially popular in the border states of Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. The 1st Maine and 1st District of Columbia cavalry regiments are known to have been issued Henry rifles."