The Winchester Brand is 150 years old this year and to commemorate this historic milestone Winchester introduced five special firearms at SHOT that will be available in limited quantities.
First on the list is a Commemorative Model 1866 “Yellow Boy” lever-action rifle. This polished brass beauty is faithful to the original and embellished with some of the most authentic Ulrich-style engraving ever offered on a factory Model 1866. Chambering is .44-40 Win. and the stock is Grade V/VI walnut with a straight grip, satin oil finish and classic rifle-style forearm. Custom 150th Anniversary engraving is featured on the polished brass receiver, lifter, lever, crescent buttplate and forearm cap in the classic Ulrich style. The famous Winchester Horse and Rider logo and the WRA scroll trademark are included in the engraving.
The deeply polished, full octagon 24” barrel features a gold barrel band plus special Winchester 150th Anniversary script and scroll engraving on the top of the barrel. A ladder-style carbine rear sight with blade front sight emulates the original and the receiver top tang is drilled and tapped for an optional tang-mounted rear sight. Suggested retail is $3,330.
Second is a Commemorative Model 1873 lever-action rifle also offered in .44-40 Win. featuring a Fancy Grade V/VI walnut straight grip stock and rifle-style forearm with classic cut checkering and oil finish.
There’s deep relief scroll engraving with gold embellishments on the silver nitride finished receiver side plates, lifter, dust cover, crescent buttplate and forearm cap in the classic Ulrich style. The Winchester 150th Anniversary logo and WRA scroll trademark are also prominent.
The full octagon 24” barrel is deeply polished with gold band and special Winchester 150th Anniversary gold script engraving. A tang-mounted Marble Arms rear peep sight and adjustable rear semi-buckhorn sight with Marble Arms gold bead front sight are included. Suggested retail is also $3,330.
A Model 94 150th Commemorative lever-action rifle has the same embellishments and engravings as the Model 1873 Commemorative but is chambered in .30-30 Win. It has a 24” full octagon barrel and the stock and forearm feature classic cut spade-style checkering. There’s an adjustable, rear semi-buckhorn sight with Marble Arms gold bead front sight. Suggested retail is $2,670.
For bolt-action fans, a 150th Commemorative Model 70 bolt-action rifle chambered (naturally) in .270 Win. and with the Pre’64-style controlled round feed claw extractor is offered. The rifle has a jeweled bolt body and extractor with steel bottom metal.
The high grade V/VI American black walnut stock features cut checkering and a deluxe shadowline cheekpiece. There’s a black fore-end tip and recessed steel sling swivel studs—both classic Super Grade accents. Deep relief scroll engraving with gold embellishments highlight the polished blued receiver, barrel, trigger guard, floorplate and grip cap. The Winchester 150th Anniversary logo and the WRA scroll trademark are featured in the engraving. Suggested retail is $2,070.
Finally, a Model 101 150th Commemorative over/under 12-gauge shotgun rounds out the list. It features a gloss finish High-Grade IV/V walnut stock with fine 24 lines-per-inch cut checkering, deep relief scroll engraving with gold embellishments on the silver nitride finished receiver, trigger guard, top lever, forearm bracket, latch lever and safety/barrel selector.
The Winchester 150th Anniversary logo and WRA scroll trademark add to the aesthetics of this classic over/under shotgun and the 28” high-gloss blued barrels are engraved in the classic Ulrich style. Suggested retail is $3,070.
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In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.