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Brief History of The Winchester Repeating Arms Company
From the Archives of The Winchester * Keen Kutter* Diamond Edge Chronicles Volume 1, Number 3 & 4, March 1997 The Official Publication of The Hardware Companies Kollectors Klub www.thckk.org

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Another great venture capitalist, Oliver F. Winchester, was the founder of a manufacturing company that shared a common history with Simmons Hardware Co. The time period for this was from 1922 until 1929, when the hardware related interests of the two companies merged to become The Winchester Simmons Company. Mr. Winchester, familiarly known as "Governor Winchester", was born in Boston, MA, November 30th, 1810. In his twenties, he worked at the carpenter's trade in various cities, becoming a master carpenter before he reached his majority. His entry into the business arena in 1834, was as a Men's Furnisher in Baltimore, MD. In 1848, he came to New Haven Ct, where he engaged successfully in manufacturing.

In 1855, Mr. Winchester became interested in firearms and organized a company known as the Volcanic Arms Company, which purchase an invention called the Volcanic Repeating Rifle. In order to extend its activities, the company was reorganized on April 25th, 1857, under the name of the New Haven Arms Company. After a great deal of experimental work, Mr. Winchester engaged Mr. B. Tyler Henry, an inventor, to assist in the improvement of the Volcanic rifle. The Henry Repeating Rifle was the result of this move. The business grew steadily and toward the close of the Civil War, 1864-1865, numerous rifles were in service In 1865, to provide for the further expansion of the business, a new company, the Henry Repeating Arms Company was chartered. The name was changed in 1866 to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. The company's Model '66 Winchester was the first successful…...

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