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Writer Ernest Hemingway’s Winchester Model 21


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Noted American writer Ernest Hemingway was not only a gifted author of many books, he was a steadfast outdoorsman and hunter. In 1959 Winchester presented Mr. Hemingway with a Model 21 side-by-side shotgun as its “Winchester Outdoorsman of the Year” recipient. Cody Firearms Museum curator Ashely Hlebinsky shares some Winchester history in this 150th Anniversary […]

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John Olin – a Significant Part of Winchester History


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A John Olin owned Western Powder Company. Mr. Olin went on to acquire Winchester Firearms. He combined these two companies into what we know today as Winchester – both ammo and guns. Many of Mr. Olin’s personal guns are kept at the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, WY. If you’re traveling through that area, make […]

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Herb Parsons – Winchester’s “Showman Shooter”


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For 30 years, Herb Parsons was Winchester’s “Showman Shooter”. His signature feat was throwing by hand and individually breaking seven clay targets with a Winchester Model 12, 12 gauge pump action shotgun. Pretty darn great! Matter of fact, Mr. Parsons was the behind-the-scenes shot maker and technical advisor for Jimmy Stewart’s 1950 movie – “The […]

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History in the Making: Winchester’s First Centerfire Cartridge


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In 1873, when Winchester introduced its famed Winchester Model 1873 lever-action rifle, the gun that would later become known as “The Gun that Won the West,” it also introduced the .44-40 Winchester Center Fire (.44-40 WCF) at the same time. In fact, the original Model 1873s were chambered in this first metallic centerfire cartridge manufactured […]

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Celebrating Winchester’s 150th – General George Patton’s gun


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General George Patton was a true legend and one of the most iconic figures in American History. Best known for his leadership in World War II, Patton led the US Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. More Winchester history is found in this video shot at […]

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Winchester’s New Big Game Expedition Ammunition


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A brute of a round from Winchester for extra large big gam species such as brown bear, moose, kudu, elk and gemsbok. Deep penetration with a polymer tip and a bonded alloy lead core. Check out this video from Winchester Deadly Passion’s Melissa Bachman to learn more.      

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Writer Ernest Hemingway’s Winchester Side-by-Side Shotgun


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The American novelist who gave us “The Old Man and the Sea”, “A Farewell to Arms” and so many others was also a skilled hunter who enjoyed African safaris. Here is a little more history on Winchester firearms, and a glimpse into some of the history surrounding Hemingway’s Winchester side-by-side.

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More Winchester History – A Winchester Air Pistol


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Cody Firearms Museum curator Ashley Hlebinsky shares a little more Winchester firearms history with us – this time, a 1969 Winchester Air Pistol. At that time, a series of rifles and pistols were produced. The one seen in this video is a model 363 which was made in Germany for Winchester. Almost 20,000 of these […]

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