Rifle Rides into the Sunset

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The Winchester rifle — "The gun that won the west" — has headed into the sunset. The factory that produced it for the past 150 years is closing. This week, the last 130 workers were laid off. The slim rifle became a favorite of cowboys because of its fast repeating action.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. The gun that won the west has headed into the sunset. The Connecticut factory that produced the Winchester rifle for the past 150 years closes tomorrow. The rifle became a favorite of cowboys because of its fast repeating action. Back in 1950, when the rifle starred alongside James Stewart in the western Winchester 73, thousands of people worked at the factory. This week, the last 130 workers were laid off. This is MORNING EDITION.

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