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The Model 42 Shotgun

Those who are dedicated to preserving the past of Winchester help strengthen the history. One such torch bearer is Larry Sidener, the proud owner of an impressive collection of Winchester memorabilia. He invites Jason Gilbertson of Winchester to his Illinois home to take a peek at the collection, including the iconic Model 42 shotgun.

Winchester: A tried and true name that represents much more than quality hunting and shooting products. It is an American symbol of a beloved past time. Every barrel boasts a story.

The Model 42 Shotgun

While the world gets swallowed up by easy and empty, Winchester remains deeply rooted in reliability. Loyalty. Trust. The Winchester way of life is built on timeless traditions cherished by generations of sportsmen.

It is this foundation of values—and the deeply instilled memories—that create communities such as the Winchester Arms Collectors Association (WACA).  Established in 1977, this nonprofit organization is dedicated to the collecting, understanding and preservation of Winchester firearms.

Over 2,000 individuals across the world are members of the WACA. Headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, WACA hosts an annual show and meeting in July to provide an opportunity to award and encourage members.

The nonprofit also publishes a quarterly publication coined “The Winchester Collector.” Every issue includes feature articles focused on Winchester firearms collections and memorabilia. Members are welcome to contribute to the publication by sharing details about their favorite Winchesters.

By preserving the history and continuing the conservation of Winchester knowledge, this symbol can remain cemented as a cornerstone of the outdoors lifestyle for years to come.

Passion is the fuel. Winchester is the way.

Watch the related Winchester Life episode.