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Winchester

Winchester Repeating Arms originated as a collaboration between ‘Smith and Wesson’ and Oliver Winchester, a clothing manufacturer, as a way of creating their new development the ‘Volcanic’ lever-action rifle. The Volcanic proved relatively unsuccessful, and Smith and Wesson parted with Oliver Winchester to pursue their own path. Benjamin Henry, a major partner from the original business, began to develop his .44 Henry round, and eventually the ‘Henry Rifle’ in 1860, a significant weapon during the American Civil War. Following struggles and the eventual fall of Winchester after the World Wars, the Olin Corporation revived the company in 2006 with Browning, and started production of the Model 1885, 1892 and 1886 rifles.

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