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"gone Winchester"

Posted by R. Berg on August 02, 2005

In Reply to: "Gone Winchester" posted by Bruce Kahl on August 01, 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.

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