The legend that won the West…
Nicknamed the ‘Gun that Won the West,’ the Winchester Rifle remains one of the most iconic firearms of all time. Used by both lawmen and outlaws in the Old West, the Winchester rifle so perfectly embodies the legendary struggle between the peacekeepers and the bandits. Favored by many notable figures such as Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, and Buffalo Bill it has become a symbol of that time.
For the gun that inspired Golden Boy, the year is 1866. The place: a vast country born less than a century before from the purest of desires, self-determination. A country in the process of inventing itself. The conquest of the West is still underway. And unknown lands also mean unknown dangers. It is best to be prepared. Many of those who ultimately succeeded in staking – and protecting – their claim in those wild days would agree that good preparation also meant owning a gun. And knowing how to use it.
And those who owned a Winchester ‘Yellow Boy’ 1866 were said to be better prepared than others. By the way, it wasn’t the settlers or bandits who came up with the term ‘Yellow Boy’ as shorthand for their trusted rifle. ‘Yellow Boy’ was what the Indians said, when they saw the shiny brass-alloy receiver that housed the cocking and loading mechanism of the lever action rifle. They traded many goods to acquire these ‘fire sticks,’ which put them on an equal footing against those who encroached on their territory.
Historians all agree that the Indian victory at Little Big Horn in 1876, one of the bloodiest battles in the History of the American West was in large part due to the fact that the warriors under Sitting Bull’s command were equipped with Yellow Boys. The lever action rifle permitted rapid reloading and accurate shooting, even on a cantering horse. The US Army stood little chance with their breach-loaded, single-shot Springfield Model 1873 rifles. If you are wondering why the US Army didn’t use lever action rifles, the answer is tragically simple: the lever action rifle is very difficult to handle for a soldier lying on the ground in the prone or ‘sniper’ position.
…now reborn as Golden Boy.
Golden Boy has the same dimensions and weight as the original, the same feel and heft. Holding it is holding the legend. Beholding it is glimpsing the amazing era that defined a nation and fired the imagination of every generation born since. With Golden Boy, The Unnamed Society is not just opening a new chapter in the figurative sense, but in the literal sense as well. One cannot help but hear the words ‘Once upon a time…’ resonating under a scorching sun as you prepare for battle, or in the dusty breeze as you ride alongside a herd of stampeding bison or pull the wagons into a circle. Some might see Golden Boy as a toy. They might be forgiven.