The ancestor of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company was the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company. It was later reorganized into the New Haven Arms Company, its largest stockholder being Oliver Winchester.
After the American Civil War, Oliver Winchester renamed the company the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.
Winchester Repeating Arms Company went into receivership in 1931, and was bought at bankruptcy auction by the Olin family's Western Cartridge Company. Oliver Winchester's firm would maintain a nominal existence until 1935, when Western Cartridge merged with its subsidiary to form Winchester-Western Company; in 1944 the firearms and ammunition operations would be reorganized as the Winchester-Western Division of Olin Industries.
In 1980 the plant was sold to its employees, incorporated as the U.S. Repeating Arms Company (USRAC), together with a license to make Winchester arms. Production of ammunition and cartridge components under the Winchester Ammunition Inc. name was retained by Olin, not licensed to USRAC.
From 1981 until 2006, Winchester guns were made by the USRAC. When USRAC went bankrupt in 1989 it was acquired by a French holding company, then sold to an arms making cartel sponsored by the Belgian Herstal Group, which also owns gun makers Fabrique National (FN) and Browning.
Yes, in a sense they did. There has not been a "Winchester Gun Company" since December of 1980, and prior to that time, it was a division of Olin Industries. Olin sold the original New Haven factory to the newly formed U.S. Repeating Arms Company (U.S.R.A.Co.) in late 1980, and they began business in early 1981. Olin leased U.S.R.A.Co. the rights to use the trade marked WINCHESTER name for a period of 25-years. Sometime in the early 1990s (1993?) Belgian company Fabrique National (F.N.) bought the U.S.R.A.Co., and in March of 2006, they shutdown all U.S. based operations at the New Haven factory. Currently, the Browning Arms Co. has a Winchester division (after they secured the rights to use the trade mark WINCHESTER name). Oddly enough, the Browning Arms Co. is owned by F.N.
those belgians who own the name now will mfg some models till 2008 . then olin corp who owns the name(they used to mfg them ) will relicense someone to mfg again(possibly)
When the OLIN Corp. purchased Winchester in the 1960's one of their money saving ideas was to import some firearms from Japan and put the Winchester name on them. Most of the Made in Japan Winchesters are from the 1970's.
Olin Howland's birth name is Howland, Olin.
There has not been a "Winchester Gun Company" since December of 1980, and prio to that time. it was a division of Olin Industries. Olin sold the original New Haven factory to the newly formed U.S. Repeating Arms Company (U.S.R.A.Co.) in late 1980, and they began business in early 1981. Olin leased U.S.R.A.Co. the rights to use the trade marked WINCHESTER name for a period of 25-years. Sometime in the early 1990s (1993?) Belgian company Fabrique National (F.N.) bought the U.S.R.A.Co., and in March of 2006, they shutdown all U.S. based operations at the New Haven factory. Currently, the Browning Arms Co. has a Winchester division (after they secured the rights to use the trade mark WINCHESTER name). Oddly enough, the Browning Arms Co. is owned by F.N.
Westernfield was the trade name used by Montgomery Ward for firearms sold by them. They were made by different makers- Winchester, Marlin, Savage, Mossberg, etc. Sears did the same thing under the JC Higgins name, Western Auto under the Revelation name, etc.
Olin Francis's birth name is Francis, Olin Caldwell.
Olin Kreutz's birth name is Olin George Kreutz.
It was a trade name used by the Hopkins & Allen Firearms Company for shotguns they made.
Wautauga was made by Crescent Firearms. It was a trade name. Crescent waas in business from @1893 to 1932
Ken Olin's birth name is Kenneth Edward Olin.
Roxy Olin's birth name is Roxanne Elizabeth Olin.
Generally it is a model 94 although Winchester used the Ranger name for other firearms as well.
Elizabeth Olin's birth name is Elizabeth Rosemary Virginia Olin.
Lena Olin's birth name is Lena Maria Jonna Olin.
The first model of the Winchester rifle was the Winchester Model 1866, and as it's name implies it was released in 1866. It became quite popular and became the starting point for a successful line of firearms.
no The plant in Connecticut is for sale. Olin Industries will still own the name, so it may continue. Most of the Winchesters are made in Japan now.
There never really was a 'JC Higgins Firearms.' That was a brand name used by Sears on guns that were made for them by various manufacturers such as High Standard, Savage and Winchester.
As of March 31, 2006, the New Haven, Connecticut, plant where they were manufactured has been closed. The Winchester trade name, which is owned by Olin, was licensed to Fabrique Nationale of Belgium which operated the New Haven plant. Although Winchester shotguns and some rifles will continue to be produced in Belgium and Japan, there are no plans to continue production of the classic lever action rifles.
In early 2006, Winchester revealed that the Winchester 94 production line would be discontinued on 31 March 2006. Already-produced Model 94s will continue to be sold, but they will be sold by the US Repeating Arms subsidiary in Belgium. No new Model 94s will be produced after 31 March. (For that matter, the Winchester factory itself is being closed down, and the Winchester name is to be sold to US Repeating Arms, with further production of "Winchester" rifles being carried out in Belgium, Portugal, and Japan.) Source - http://www.pmulcahy.com/lever-action_rifles/us_lever-action_rifles.htm Some info here - http://matrix.dumpshock.com/raygun/firearms/sport/win_94.html *** NOT QUITE RIGHT *** It is correct that the US Repeating Arms Co facility in New Haven, CT has closed. USRAC has no subsidiaries. It was, itself, a subsidiary of the Belgian corporation that also owns FN and Browning. That company has announced that the models built at the New Haven facility will NOT be resumed in their other facilities. In fact, all the technical drawings, etc, are being sold with a competitive process in place for qualified prospective buyers. The 'WINCHESTER' name has been owned by the Olin Corporation for many years and USRAC was using that name on the Model 94, Model 70 and Model 1300 firearms under license from Olin. The winning buyer of the USRAC assets will be given the opportunity to license the Winchester name from Olin, no doubt at an additional fee. It is very possible that we may see Model 94 rifles, Model 70 rifles and Model 1300 shotguns under a completely different brand name when and if production resumes. Source for this is the various published press releases from USRAC. Visit www.winchesterforsale.com if you believe you can become a qualified buyer.
Eastern Arms was a Sears Roebuck trade name. Manufacturers included Meriden Firearms, Iver Johnson A&C, Stevens/Savage Arms, and Crescent Firearms.
Colt, Barret, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, FN-USA, Springfield Armoury, Noveske, Remington, Mossberg, Winchester, Olin, US Repeating Arms, Bushmaster, DPMS, Spike's Tactical, Double Star, Henry, Taurus USA, Lauer Machine Tool, Stag Arms, Larue Tactical, Kimber, Aero Precision, Century Arms, Marlin.... just to name a few.
Stig Olin's birth name is Stig Hgberg.
National Firearms Company was a trade name used by Hopkins & Allen @ 1900.
Bellmore is a known trade name used by the HD Folsom Company, which was a major firearms distributor 100 years ago. The guns were produced by the Crescent Firearms Company. Value on the single-shots will be under $100, even if in top shape. firstname.lastname@example.org