What do you need to know about the Winchester rifle?

The Winchester Repeating Arms Company was born on May 22, 1866 in the United States. Led by Oliver Fisher Winchester, the company created its first lever-action rifle in the same year. Called Yellow Boy in reference to its polished brass frame, it is the very first weapon to bear the name of Winchester. The 1866 model sold more than 160,000 copies between 1866 and 1898. In 1873, the company created its first lever-operated rifle, the . Known as the weapon that conquered Western America, more than 700,000 copies of the 1873 rifle are produced. Ten years later, the brand developed its first first lock and loader rifle. The 1883 Winchester Hotchkiss rifle was then nicknamed Third Model, the third model invented by the manufacturer! In 1894, the company released the lever-action rifle model 1894. Very quickly, it became the best-selling centerfire rifle in American history. This is followed by various innovations and new models that sell thousands of copies in the USA and abroad.

Regularly, commemorative models are reproduced in homage to the models that have marked the company's history. The most celebrated being the 1894 model, which was for example reproduced in a few models for its fiftieth anniversary, completed with a special engraving and a medallion in the stock to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the United States or launched in limited series for Oliver Fisher Winchester's 200th birthday.

In 2015, the brand launched a new lock rifle. The XPR is an affordable, reliable and robust weapon. One year later, for the 150th anniversary of its first model, Winchester produced a commemorative Yellow Boy model. The weapon with which it all began.

What model is available on the armory ?

At Jean Pierre Fusil, we offer you a copy of the Winchester 1894 rifle. Just like the original model, it is armed by using the trigger lever. On the other hand, it is loaded with 8 mm blank ammunition. It is therefore a non-lethal weapon that can be used for recreation, reconstruction shows or home defence. The copy of the Winchester 1894 is made of metal and wood (stick and handrail). It is one of the category D weapons that are available over the counter for those over 18 years of age. It is not necessary to provide a shooting licence or a hunting licence to purchase it.

winchester 1894

10-shot loader
Gas ejection from above
Manual safety, fixed rise and handlebar
"A good product for historical reconstruction" Thierry G

Replica Winchester 1894 rifle

Which Winchester is the most used in American cinema ?

The Winchester 1892 rifle is the most popular in American westerns. It was used by John Wayne in 1939 in John Ford's "The Fantastic Ride". At the time, a model was specially designed for John Wayne's large hands. In 1969, Wayne used it again in the film "One Hundred Dollars for a Sheriff" and received the Best Actor Award from the Academy Award.

Nowadays, he is still seen in westerns made in West America or elsewhere. A good way to honour these exceptional models !