Posted by Al on August 02, 2005
In Reply to: "Gone Winchester" posted by Steve E on August 02, 2005
: : : : What does the term "gone Winchester" refer to, and what is it's origin?
: : : A fighter pilot who runs out of ammuntion will say he has "gone Winchester" and needs to return to base and restock his guns.
: : : Guess he needs to get a whole nine yards worth?
: : : I do not know why they use Winchester to describe that state of affairs.
: : Winchester is a gun manufacturer. Possibly the pilot means he has no more military-quality ammo and is reduced to aiming a Winchester rifle.
: Winchester also makes (or they did during the WW II) ammunition. Maybe it was a catch-word to mean "I have to go back for more ammo"?
Also used in some other situations "[Ann] Coulter its fairly clear that the far right has gone winchester." [Does she mean the far right has run out of ammo?] but the pilot usage seems to predominate.