Winchester, Oliver (Fisher)


Winchester, Oliver (Fisher)

biographical name

(born Nov. 30, 1810, Boston, Mass., U.S.—died Dec. 11, 1880, New Haven, Conn.) U.S. manufacturer of guns and ammunition. He initially set up a factory to manufacture dress shirts, and his success enabled him to purchase the Volcanic Repeating Arms Co. (1857), which became the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. (1867). His chief gun designer, B.T. Henry, created the lever-action Henry repeating rifle (patented 1860). Widely used in the American Civil War, it was the forerunner of a long line of Winchester guns, including the famous Model 73, a favourite weapon of settlers in the American West.

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