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"gone Winchester"

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.

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