A short timeline of Winchester levergun
(this gives highlights only and is not a complete history)
|1849||The Hunt Volition Repeater with it's "Rocket Ball" ammunition is invented.|
|1850||The Jennings repeating rifle carries on Hunt's work.|
|1854||Smith joins Wesson and produces lever action repeating pistols.|
|1855||The name is changed to
The Volcanic Repeating Arms
Oliver Winchester buys stock in Volcanic Repeating Arms.
Volcanic carbine introduced
|1856||Offices moved to New Haven, Connecticut. Name changed to New Haven Arms Company.|
|1860||Henry rifle patented.|
|1866||Oliver Winchester buys
control of New Haven Arms Company and changes name to the Winchester
Repeating Arms Company.
Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" lever action introduced -- first gun to bear the Winchester name.
|1873||Model 1873 lever action rifle introduced in centerfire and rimfire.|
|1876||Model 1876 lever action rifle introduced.|
|1886||Model 1886 lever action rifle introduced.|
|1887||Model 1887 lever action shotgun introduced.|
|1892||Model 1892 lever action rifle introduced.|
|1894||Model 1894 lever action rifle introduced.|
|1895||Model 1895 lever action rifle introduced.|
|1935||Model 71 lever action rifle introduced.|
|1972||Model 9422 .22 rimfire lever action rifle introduced.|
|1979||Model 94 XTR
lever action rifle
Model 94 XTR Big Bore lever action rifle introduced.
|1981||U.S. Repeating Arms Company is formed and continues manufacturing Winchester brand rifles and shotguns in New Haven, Connecticut, under license from Olin Corporation.|
|1984||Model 94 angle eject lever action rifle introduced.|
|1985||Model 94 angle eject standard
Big Bore carbine lever action introduced.
Model 9422 XTR rifle and Classic rifle in standard or magnum calibers
|1992||New management at U.S. Repeating Arms. Plans for entirely new, modern production facility in New Haven, Connecticut, under license from Olin Corporation.|
|1994||One Hundredth Anniversary of the Winchester Model 94 lever action. Specially engraved anniversary models are offered to commemorate the most famous of all Winchester lever actions. Its design and effectiveness is so superior that it remains one of the most popular deer rifles in the world.|
|1997||Model 1895 Grade I lever
Model 1892 High Grade and Grade I lever action rifle introduced.
|1998||Model 1886 High Grade lever
Model 94 Black Shadow lever action rifle introduced.
|2000||Winchester offers historic rifles in the extra light Model 1886, and the Model 1895 in 405 Winchester.|
Model 1895 in 405 caliber again announced
in a Grade I and High Grade.
|2002||Model 94 in 480 Ruger offered and an exquisite, I of 1000, and 1 of 100 Heritage Model 94 Limited edition in 38-55 caliber lever action rifles are introduced.|