[SHOT 2016] 150 Years of Winchester


2016 marks the 150th anniversary of Winchester and the company is pulling out all of the stops to celebrate. The booths for Winchester Repeating Arms and Winchester Ammunition are filled with historic displays, commemorative product, and modern reproductions of some of the most famous firearms in history. Attendees can sign up for a chance to win an anniversary rifle, and it’s a beauty. Also on display is the Model 1873 that was discovered leaning against a tree in Great Basin National Park. It’s on loan from the National Park Service.

Winchester Model 1873 built in 1882 and found leaning against a tree in Great Basin National Park in 2014.

Winchester Model 1873 built in 1882 and found leaning against a tree in Great Basin National Park in 2014.

Winchester Model 1873 found in Great Basin National Park in 2014.

Winchester Model 1873 found in Great Basin National Park in 2014.

Another historic gun on display is a Model 1866 “Yellow Boy”. This particular rifle was manufactured in 1871.

The receiver that gives the Model 1866 its "Yellow Boy" nickname

The receiver that gives the Model 1866 its “Yellow Boy” nickname

Winchester Model 1866 built in 1871.

Winchester Model 1866 built in 1871.

Reproductions of many of Winchester’s iconic firearms are available:

Reproduction Model 1873 Short Rifles. "The Gun that Won the West."

Reproduction Model 1873 Short Rifles. “The Gun that Won the West.”

Newly available reproduction Model 1873 Sporter Octagon rifles.

Newly available reproduction Model 1873 Sporter Octagon rifles.

Reproduction Model 1892 Short Rifle (top) and Large Loop Carbine. These are pistol caliber rifles.

Reproduction Model 1892 Short Rifle (top) and Large Loop Carbine. These are pistol caliber rifles.



Shelby Murdoc

Murdoc is a freelancer who writes at various publications and web sites including Shooting Sports Retailer and GunPundit.com.


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  • FrenchKiss

    I would love to get an Model of 1892 in 44 magnum.

  • Rimfire

    I’ll second that, an 1892 carbine, not short rifle in .44 mag

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    All I want are actual Winchester 1892 16″ Carbines in .357/.38 and .45 Colt.

    They used to make them in .357/.38 all the time and were common. They seem to have forgotten that this market even exists and it’s infuriating.

    I’ve got an EMF Hartford (Rossi) 1892 clone and its fun. But it’s no Winchester.

    • George Reed

      + 1000. As a younger man I had a B-92 in .44. AR only owners will never know. Couldn’t afford to shoot my – less perfect – .45 Colt, awesome as the concept is. I missed the .357 16 inch Trapper – sans the silly big loop – SHOT show special a few years back. To my eternal regret.

  • Martin t√∂refeldt

    I would love it if they should bring the Winhester M12 shotgun back.