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Who owns the Winchester firearms trade name Olin or FN?

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2009-08-05 20:17:14

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


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.

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