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Winchester Model 94 old advertisement

The Winchester Repeating Arms Company

The Winchester Repeating Arms Company After years of working with Oliver Winchester, Benjamin Henry became angered over what he believed was inadequate compensation for his contributions. Henry was trying to convince the Connecticut Legislature to award him ownership of New Haven Arms when Oliver raced back from Europe. Oliver quickly reorganized the company under the name “Winchester Repeating Arms” and…

Smith & Wesson Model 10 Mountain Gun

Smith & Wesson Revolver Company

Smith & Wesson Revolver Company Smith & Wesson, having formed Volcanic Repeating Arms to develop Walter Hunt’s Rocket Ball ammunition and lever-action mechanism. Quickly sold their patents to Oliver Winchester and moved on to found the Smith & Wesson Revolver Company. By 1856 they had begun to produce a small revolver designed to fire the rimfire cartridge they had recently…

Volcanic Pistol circa 1860

Volcanic Repeating Arms – And The Tale of Two Legendary Companies

Volcanic Repeating Arms – And The Tale of Two Legendary Companies In 1854, Daniel B. Wesson and Horace Smith partnered with Courtlandt Palmer and Oliver Winchester to develop a lever-action pistol and the world’s first repeating rifle, the Volcanic. Early production took place at Smith’s shop in Norwich, Connecticut. They initially used Smith & Wesson as the companies name, but…

The Luger, AKA Pistole Parabellum

GEORG LUGER At the turn of the 20th century, pistols were becoming more compact, easier to use, and more lethal. At the bleeding edge of this arms-race was the Luger. Developed by the famed Austrian firearm designer, Georg Johann Luger. Along with the design of the pistol, he worked to create a compact rimless pistol cartridge. This cartridge became known…

Old Arms of Idaho

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