Long before it began casting about to replace its constricted museum quarters in Connecticut. Winchester had been involved in Cody. Beginning in 1968, royalties from the sale of a limited-edition Winchester Buffalo Bill commemorative rifle were largely responsible for financing the new building. In time, it became increasingly apparent that "the gun that won the West" belonged in the West. Certainly a place of honor there among the ghosts of Bill Cody and Sitting Bull seems more appropriate than New Haven.