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Winchester firearms had been manufactured on Winchester Avenue in New Haven, pictured above, since 1866.

  • HISTORIC WINCHESTER PLANT CLOSES DOORS . . . After 140 years on Winchester Avenue, U.S. Repeating Arms Co. officially closed the doors to its New Haven, Conn., factory Wednesday. With the plant's closure, production of the iconic Winchester Model 94 and Model 70 rifles and the Model 1300 shotgun will cease. City and state officials have been meeting with potential buyers of the plant, but, so far, no one has expressed an interest. There were reports that Smith & Wesson and Savage Arms toured the plant, but both companies said a purchase is not likely, the New Haven Register reports. Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell vows to continue to fight for jobs at the plant. USRAC parent company Herstal Group of Belgium said in January it would close the factory to concentrate on growing its current line of other Winchester shotguns and rifles. Winchester guns had been manufactured in New Haven since 1866. During World War II, more than 19,000 people worked at the New Haven factory. Connecticut's News Channel 8 last week featured a look back at the history of the plant and the guns it produced.

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    Model 70's are already selling at higher prices.  I expect they'll go up more.
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    The market is staturated with this stuff.  Only quality items will go up.  With that said, if you want to dump a Winchester, now would be the time to do it before the suckers get picky.

     

    You have to make guns that people REALLY want, in order to keep your margins up.  They let things slide to keep a price point and volume up. 

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    Winchester Inks New Agreement with Browning 

    On August 15, Winchester announced it had entered into a long-term licensing agreement with Browning, in which Browning will manufacture and distribute Winchester-brand rifles and shotguns.

    "With this new agreement, Winchester is confident that Browning will produce innovative firearms worthy of the Winchester name, continuing a tradition that people around the world associate with the Winchester brand," Richard Hammett, president of Winchester Ammunition, said in a company press release.

    As of press time, neither company had indicated which rifles or shotguns were included in the agreement or if it was the complete Winchester line. Also, no one mentioned what the agreement might mean for Winchesterís New Haven, Conn., manufacturing facility, which closed earlier this year. Working under a Sept. 1 deadline, business consultants and city of New Haven officials had been trying to find a new owner for the facility and, potentially, a manufacturer to keep the Winchester name alive.

    óBrian McCombie

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