Monday, April 03, 2006

Mourning a Passing

Kim Du Toit is reposting Stephen Hunter's column on the end of Winchester rifle manufacturing in the US. It isn't just the end of a great American tradition of leverguns, but it is yet another sign of great decline in the US gun culture.

Fortunately, many Winchester designs are still in production but without the Winchester name. I don't know what the future holds for the 1300 shotgun or the model 70 rifle, but the lever guns will live on. Many of winchesters more recent '92 models were actually made in Japan by Howa. Rossi/Taurus have been building '92s and several old rimfire models (62s and 63s) in Brazil for years as well. Their fit and finish might not be up to the classic winchesters, but they are competitive with Winchesters more recent production.

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