Re: Winchester may be going away
Well, Winchester isn't the Winchester of 140 years ago, either...it's changed hands MANY times in the past...at least after Ol' Ollie bought the farm!
Just remember, Oliver Winchester was a BUSINESSMAN and a SALESMAN, not a GUN DESIGNER.
He took OTHER people's designs and marketed them, sometimes well, sometimes not. And along the way he took OTHER people's designs he could not beat, or were TOO much competition, and BURIED them and their company (Spencer Firearms, anyone?) So as much as I love CERTAIN "Winchesters", I never really shed a tear for Old Oliver OR "Winchester,"as a name. He was good at what he did, and died a rich man. And he of ALL people would understand getting "bought out." That's life in the jungle...
SO after Oliver died, not much changed in the firearms world, as opposed to when John Moses Browning died...
I LOVE my heirloom Winchester 1897...and would NEVER part with it. I also WILL own a Model 12 someday... But in my heart I KNOW they are "Brownings..."
On the other hand a few years ago I paid $20 at a knife show for the first "Multi-Tool" I ever saw etched with "Winchester," thinking it was a quality piece and when it BROKE, I noticed "Made in China," which was also right AFTER I saw Walmart selling them for $10, and I coulda' got the SAME quality at Big Lots for $4.99!
My point? Whether it's Winchester, WW, WRA, USRA, or whatever, the GOOD guns they still market will live on, even if produced elsewhere by someone else...
...and if THEY are smart, they will either immediately or soon enough, cash in on the 'Winchester" name... There will ALWAYS be a Winchester, just not like there was in 1900 or 1963...
...and I hope they DON'T make cheap multi-tools...
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Last edited by polishshooter; 01-17-2006 at 11:03 PM..