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Another American icon has ridden off into the sunset.

Last week representatives of U.S. Repeating Arms Co, formerly known as Winchester Rifle Co., announced that the factory that produced the “gun that won the west” will close after 140 years of doing business in New Haven, Conn.


To those who grew up with Roy and Gene on Saturday morning or the Duke on the big screen, the closing marks the end of an era.

As the cowboy movie stars have one-by-one faded into the past, so has their weapon of choice and the dream of all those youths who carried a Red Ryder B-B gun wishing it were the rifle John Wayne hailed a stage with in “Stagecoach” many years ago.

What is next?

With Ford and Chevrolet motor companies falling on hard times, will those be next?

Is “Made in America” gone?

Only time will tell, but for now the book is closed on

the wild west.

 

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