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History of the USRA Co - Makers of the Post 1964 shotguns and Rifles
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I am writing a book on the post 1964 Winchester shotguns which I started 14 years ago and is now nearing completion.  I need some history on Winchester and the USRAC and later owners to round it off.   I was unable to visit Cody in 2018 as they were closed, but will do so in 2024.  Some of the information I am looking for will be in newspaper articles and magazines.  Specific items include:

1. Winchester executives and their positions 1960 to 1979

2. Any information on the wage-workers strike starting on July 16, 1979, which went on for six months and led to the formation of the USRAC.

3. The U.S. Repeating Arms Company (USRACo) was formed from Winchester employees, and in July, 1981 purchased the assets and rights to make Winchester firearms from the Olin Corporation.  Who were the executives and what positions did they hold

4. The USRACo filed for bankruptcy on January 16 1986.  Who were the executives, and what action if any was taken about them.

5. Any information about a group of private investors headed by Peter Alcott (from Massachusetts) who formed a new corporation named U.S. Repeating Arms Company, Inc.  A minority stake was taken by Fabrique Nationale (FN)

6. Why the US Repeating Arms Company was declared bankrupt in 1989, and who were the executives.

7. FN Herstal purchased the US Repeating Arms company with plans for an entirely new, modern production facility with CNC machinery in New Haven in 1992.  Any information about the plant – photos etc- and executives.

8. A new USRAC plant is built at Science Park New Haven – I would like photos of the plant and executives. (There was an article in the WACA Collector)

9. The U.S. Repeating Arms Company announces closure of the plant on January 16 of 2006,  Any information prior to the closure from Newspapers and the like.

10.  I would be pleased to get any history from any part of the 42 years of production ot to correspond with past employees.  Contact me at [email protected].  Credit will be given for information used.

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