Was It Remington or Winchester?

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About This Quiz

When it comes to guns, American companies know their stuff. Iconic organizations like Smith & Wesson, Browning, Kel-Tec, Marlin and Weatherby all have made dependable models used for both sporting purpose and for warfare. But two companies – Winchester Repeating Arms Company and Remington Arms, are among the most iconic companies of all. In this quiz, if we name a fact or product, can you match it to the correct company?

Both companies were founded in the 19th century, and since then, they’ve manufactured millions and millions of guns, from sidearms, to shotguns, and of course, rifles big and small. But do you know which company has been around longer? It’s Remington, which has roots that go all the way back to 1816. Winchester, by contrast, was officially formed in 1866.

In their long histories, both companies have built some of the most famous guns ever. Some were used in the American Civil War and then helped conquer the Wild West. Others saw action in both World Wars, Vietnam, and beyond. Do you know the most famous guns ever to come from these factories?

Pull the trigger on this fascinating firearms quiz now! Do you really know anything about Winchester and Remington?


Which company manufacturers the 870 shotgun?

In the firearms hall of fame, there are few guns that can match the legend of the Remington Model 870 shotgun. Made since the 1950s, it is prized for its reliable and rugged nature.

Which company made the "gun that won the West"?

Several guns have been called the "gun that won the West." But the Winchester Model 1873 is downright iconic. With its lever action and fast repeating capability, it was exceedingly popular on the lawless frontier.

The Model 1908 Repeating Shotgun was the first pump-action shotgun from which gun maker?

John D. Pedersen was an influential man in Remington history. He created the Model 1908 Repeating Shotgun, the company's first attempt in the market. Remington needed years before finally settling on a successful design.

The Volcanic Repeating Arms Company was a predecessor to which organization?

In the 1850s, the Volcanic Repeating Arms went into business, but only lasted for about a decade. It was spun off into two companies, Winchester and Smith & Wesson.

The Model 700 is a bolt-action rifle from which company?

Made since the 1960s, the Remington Model 700 is a bolt-action beast. The gun became PR nightmare in the 2000s due to trigger issues, and to settle the complaints, the company issued a major recall.

President Teddy Roosevelt used a rifle with .405 centerfire cartridges on famous African safari. Which company made that gun?

Roosevelt wielded a Winchester Model 1895 with .406 cartridges on his epic African outing. The lever-action monster had a box magazine instead of a tubular design.

Which company makes the 1911 R1, which is modeled after the iconic Colt 1911?

Let's face it -- if you can't beat them, join them. Remington based its 1911 R1 on the world-renowned Colt 1911, a .45 ACP masterpiece.

Which company made the Model 1897 slide-action shotgun?

The Winchester Model 1897 is a fantasically popular shotgun with a pump action and an external hammer. Hunters and soldiers alike appreciate this weapon's stoutness and power.

Which company is linked to a famous Mystery House, which was built by the widow of a firearms maker?

When William Wirt Winchester died, his wife, Sarah went a bit nuts, embracing spiritualism and spending her fortune on a ceaseless and bizarre construction project -- the Winchester Mystery House. With its strange architectural features, it's now a popular tourist draw in San Jose, California.

Which company made the Model 1200 shotgun?

The Model 1200, from Winchester, is a pump-action shotgun that was avaible in 12-, 16-, and 20-gauge sizes. Notably, it was also sold in a military version that could be topped with a bayonet.

Which company has two of its rifles featured on Guatemala's national flag?

Guatemala went all in on Remington. Two Remington rifles (topped with savage bayonets) are featured on the county's flag. The message? We'll use violence to protect our homeland.

The Model 1893 was the first pump-action shotgun made by which company?

In the 1880s, Spencer Arms made America's first pump-action shotguns, and Winchester followed suit with its Model 1893. It really wasn't a great gun, but later, the Model 1897 was much improved.

Which company was founded by a guy named Eliphalet?

More than two centuries ago, Eliphalet Remington founded the company that now bears his name. He started the business by designing and making his own guns.

The Model 70 is a well-known sporting rifle made by which company?

First made in the 1930s, the Winchester Model 70 is a bolt-action rifle that gained the respect of sporting shoots around the world. It also saw action in Vietnam War.

Which company created the Model 1892 in order to one-up a popular gun that had been introduced by Marlin?

In the late 1800s, Marlin created a very good lever-action rifle … and Winchester gun maker John Browning immediately reacted. He made the Model 1892, a now-legendary center-fire rifle made from 1892 to 1945.

Which company makes the deadly M24 Sniper Weapon System?

The M24 Sniper Weapon System is the ruggedized version of the Model 700 rifle from Remington. It's been used by military and law enforcement types since the late 1980s.

Which company made the famous Rolling Block rifle?

Starting in the 1860s, Remington began cranking out many of its Rolling Block rifle, a breech-loading rifle. It saw combat from the American Great Plains to Europe in World War I.

The MSR is a devastating sniper rifle made by which company?

Remington's Modular Sniper Rifle (MSR) is a bolt-action sniper rifle that debuted in 2013. It looks like a sci-fi weapon made to fend off an alien invasion.

In 1952, which company introduced a .308 cartridge that became a standard for NATO countries?

The .308 Winchester is a famous cartridge that gained widespread use, thanks in part to its adoption by NATO. These days, it is a very popular round for big-game hunting.

The R51 is a popular handgun made by which company?

As firearms go, the Remington R51 is a very recent contraption. It's a semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum that was introduced in 2014.

The Model 1875 Single Action Army was a revolver from which gun maker?

The Remington Model 1875 Single Action Army was a single-action revolver. It became popular with both private citizens and lawmen in the Old West.

In 1876, Buffalo Bill Cody killed an Indian warrior named Yellow Hair and took his weapon. The Indian was carrying a revolver made by which company?

Cody was out for blood after the slaughter of U.S. troops at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. He killed Native American warrior named Yellow Hair and took his Remington Army Revolver. And then, for good measure, he scalped him.

Which company used to produce the XP-100 bolt-action pistol?

Remington designed the XP-100 piston for long-range shooting. Produced from 1963 to 1998, in the right hands, it had a range of up to 300 meters.

The Model 30 was a high-powered, bolt-action rifle made by which company in the wake of World War I?

After WWI, Remington had all sorts of leftover equipment and parts leftover. So it began making the Model 30, which was the company's first-ever high-powered, bolt-action rifle.

Which company makes an auto-loading shotgun called the Versa Max?

First unveiled in 2010, the Versa Max is an ultra-modern shotgun from Remington. Its futuristic design is highlighted by a durable synthetic stock.

Which company made a gun that was nicknamed "The Rifleman's Rifle"?

It is simply iconic for its accuracy and reliabilty. That's why the Winchester Model 70 is sometimes called "The Rifleman's Rifle."

The Rider Single Shot Pistol is an old handgun made by which company?

Produced between 1860 and 1863, the Remington Rider Single Shot Pistol is a very, very rare handgun. The company made fewer than 200 of these .17 caliber weapons.

Which company declared bankruptcy in early 2018?

For years, Remington had been piling up hundreds of milions of dollars in debt. It declared bankruptcy in 2018 and then immediately bounced back.

The New Haven Arms Company was an immediate predecessor of which company?

Oliver Winchester formed the New Haven Arms Company with John Davies in 1857. Then, in response to a legal dispute, he folded New Haven Arms and reformed as the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.

In the 1860s, which company made the Zig-Zag Derringer?

With its concealed hammer and double action, the Remington Zig-Zag Derringer was only produced in the early 1860s. It is a six-shot .22 with a reputation for fragility.

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