Monday, January 23, 2006


RIP, Winchester

While the media is blowing up over the job cuts at Ford Motor Company, little has been said or written about the death of U.S. Repeating Arms Company, the manufacturer of Winchester rifles. The Knoxville News-Sentinel had a story on the closing Sunday (thanks in large part to the overworked Bob Hodge, who had no less than 4 stories in the "Outdoors" section Sunday), and David Oatney added some of his own commentary thereafter. More obituaries can be found at The Madison Freedom Fighter, komotomo, From Where I Sit, and Les Jones.

I imagine that there will be a run on Model 70's and perhaps the Super X2 over the next few months, so you might want to act quickly if you plan to purchase one of these Winchesters before production ends. As David Oatney points out, this does not mean that Winchester ammunition is being scrapped. That is good news.

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