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Winchester Went Down To Utah

Winchester went down to Utah
He was looking for a design to buy
He was in a bind, the 1873 was way behind
He was looking to make a deal
When he came across a man
Filing on a levergun frame and filing it hot
And Winchester jumped up on a hickory stump and said,
“Boy let me tell you what:
I guess you didn’t know it, but I’m a gun maker too,
And if you’d care to take a dare,
I’ll make a bet with you
Now you make a pretty good levergun,
Boy, but give Winchester his due
I bet a mountain of cash against your gat
‘Cause I think I’m better than you”
The man said, “My name’s John and it might be a sin,
But I’ll take your bet, you’re gonna regret,
‘Cause I’m the best there’s ever been"

Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
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Winchester-Williams AT Rifle

A prototype anti-tank rifle developed by Winchester and designed by David Marshall Williams of M1 Carbine fame. The rifle was semi-auto, fed from a 10-round magazine and was chambered in .50 BMG.

The US rejected it as the Army had already taken delivery of some .55 Boys AT Rifles from British. Canada however tested it and deemed it acceptable for service, but the war ended before the first deliveries could be made and the program was scrapped. The single prototype made resides at the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum of Firearms in Wyoming.

Morris and Brown Conical Repeater,

Peashooter has seen some weird guns, this is probably on his top ten list.  The Conical repeater is a  rifle chambered for a .38 rimfire cartridge.  It was loaded much like a top break revolver, had a six shot cylinder, and was cocked using the rear trigger.  The weirdness comes in is its large conical shaped breech which surrounded the cylinder, which was done to prevent gases from escaping from the cylinder.  The conical breech acted like a funnel, directing fired bullets toward the barrel where it would be directed out the barrel and muzzle. The cylinder was fixed and did not revolve, instead a firing pin indexed to the next chamber when cocked.  While an interesting design, it was also very flawed in that the funnel would wear out quickly after use.  Only two examples were produced, both of them had damage to the breech that had to be repaired. 

Currently the two surviving examples can be found at the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming and the Virginia Military Institute.