from the Archives: The evolution of the Model 70
CHAMPION OF THE WINCHESTER MODEL , JACK ’CONNOR HELPED THE RIFLE GAIN POPULARITY AMONG THE MASSES
Since its introduction in 1936, the Winchester Model 70 featured heavily in Jack O’connor’s columns. O’connor reflected on the origins of his relationship with it, writing in 1964: “My experience with the Model 70 actually goes back to the fall of 1925 when I bought my first Winchester Model 54 in .270 caliber. The Model 54 was really sort of a primitive Model 70, or the Model 70 is a refined Model 54.” Here’s a look at his writings on a rifle that found its way into his heart—and on his hunts—many times over.