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What Gun Owners Say about Winchester

By    |   Friday, 01 May 2015 02:14 PM

A mention of Winchester guns immediately piques curiosity and evokes feelings of confidence and respect of gun owners.

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U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is the heroic inspiration for the Oscar-nominated “American Sniper,” directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper. Based on Kyle's bestselling "American Sniper" novel, was one of the most celebrated films of 2014 – highlighting Kyle’s pinpoint marksmanship, which saved countless lives on the battlefield.

Not as well known is Kyle's novel, American Gun, in which he praises the Winchester Model 1873. “Dubbed ‘the gun that won the West,’ the Winchester Model 1873 was an instant hit, destined to be a long running best seller for the company,” Kyle wrote. “The first cartridge it fired was the .44-40 Winchester center fire round, which proved particularly popular with people who owned revolvers of the same caliber."

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In the book, Kyle named the Winchester Model 1982 as his favorite lever-action weapon. Speaking about a John Wayne Winchester Commemorative model owned by a friend, Kyle recalled the friend’s comments, “Any time I’d go over to the vault, just about my favorite thing would be to take that rifle and rack it. I’d work the action like I was riding with the Duke himself.”

As mentioned on Winchesterguns.com, Handloader Magazine published John Barsness’ review of “one of the oldest and most popular commercial big game cartridges in North America, the classic .270 Winchester.” He enthusiastically commented on the Winchester’s appeal to all hunters, from big game to those who shoot small varmints.

The article also mentions that Jack O’Connor, former editor of Outdoor Life Magazine, is known for his fondness of the Winchester Model 70 chambered in a .270 Winchester. A Jack O’Connor tribute model was developed by Winchester to duplicate the original’s “smooth feel, ideal balance and magnificent finish,” according to the Winchester website.

Barsness tested one of the Jack O’Connors, remarking, “The Winchesters weren’t put together just for show, with mine, the first three-shot group at 100 yards, using factory ammunition, measured .4 inch. Next year the .270 Winchester will be 90, but it doesn’t seem to be slowing down."

In his beautiful, photo-filled book,The Official History of Winchester Firearms Ammunition from 1849 to Present,author R.L. Wilson called the Winchester rifle “An American Legend.”

In a review of Wilson’s book, Joseph D’Alessandro, editor of RealGuns.com noted remarks about John M. Browning’s design of the Winchester Model 1895: “It was optimized for two of the most important ballistic developments of the late 19th century – sharply pointed spritzer bullets and smokeless powder.”

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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