POTD: Winchester Revolver – Why is That Not a Thing?


POTD: Winchester Revolver – Why is That Not a Thing?

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a photo of a prototype Winchester revolver. It is really cool to see because Winchester has never really made handguns. But why is that? The probable answer is revealed below in the blurb by Cody Firearms Museum. At a time when Winchester and Colt were the giants in their craft, they kind of had their own niche. Colt made handguns and Winchester made long guns. Why did they never try new things? Call it an honorable agreement between the brands to stick to what they do best.

“This prototype revolver from our collection was made by Winchester and the revolvers they developed in the 1870s and 1880s were helped along by designers poached from Smith & Wesson and Colt, and even Hugo Borchardt. Winchester never put a revolver into production, possibly because of a “gentleman’s agreement” with Colt over the Burgess rifle.”

We never get tired of Winchester revolvers. [Photograph found in Photos, Cody Firearms Museum Facebook]. (n.d.). Retrieved April 21, 2021, from https://www.facebook.com/CodyFirearmsMuseum/photos/2952868444937315

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