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Posted: 4/6/2006 9:31:42 AM EDT
I've seen everyone saying they are going out of business, are out of business, ect, for about 6 months now. I keep checking their web site, they are still adding new products. WTF? Wal-Mart still has Winchester shottys here. WTF? Have they been bought by another company? I wanted to e-mail them, but they don't have a contact button on the web site.
I'm begining to think the whole thing was hype!
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 9:34:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/6/2006 9:37:38 AM EDT by TruePunisher]
The company didn't shut down, just the US manufacturing(sp?) plant. They just closed on the 31st of March. They were making guns up untill just before closing, hence store still have the 70s, 1300s, and 94s. Their other guns were made over seas and will still be made overseas, hence new guns (SX3) If it was hype, it didn't work, they still closed shop.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 9:55:20 AM EDT
Do you think Uberti will buy up the 94 tooling? or Winchester lever action rights???
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 10:24:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By UZI4you:
Do you think Uberti will buy up the 94 tooling? or Winchester lever action rights???



I think 94s, 1300s, and 70s will be be made over seas soon and still under the Winchester name, they just have to get a plant set up to build them.

This is just my thoughs on the deal.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 10:24:59 AM EDT
Who knows what will happen.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 10:33:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BOBK48:
Who knows what will happen.




It will happen someday
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 10:35:31 AM EDT
if they move it overseas does the import ban affect them at all?
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 10:59:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/6/2006 11:02:41 AM EDT by TruePunisher]

Originally Posted By vedubin01:
if they move it overseas does the import ban affect them at all?



Wouldn't think so, they already have guns coming in from over seas now (SX2/SX3) plus they are sporting guns and they don't have pistol grip stocks or anything evil.

ETA - Maybe no more 1300 Defenders because of the high magazine count that is the only problem I could see right now.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 11:39:18 AM EDT
Hot rumors have it that they're being looked at by S&W, with S&W possibly getting real serious.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 6:36:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TruePunisher:

Originally Posted By UZI4you:
Do you think Uberti will buy up the 94 tooling? or Winchester lever action rights???



I think 94s, 1300s, and 70s will be be made over seas soon and still under the Winchester name, they just have to get a plant set up to build them.

This is just my thoughs on the deal.


But I read some where that the FN Herstal shottys was being made in the Winchester plant, so does that meen no more FNs either?

NOTE TO SELF: I need to go buy that 1300 @ Wal mart!
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 8:56:11 PM EDT
USRAC, which has been making Winchester guns, actually loses the right to use the Winchester name early next year. The rights go back to Olin Chemical, the people who make Winchester ammo. It is up in the air right now whether they will negotiate a new deal.

USRAC has a deal with the union in Connecticut that they can't make Model 70s, 1300s or 94s anywhere else in the world until '08. I don't know if Olin would be bound by that.

USRAC, Browning and FN are owned by a Belgian outfit called Herstal.
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