|Winchester invented the Wingo shotgun in the early 1970s for an experimental indoor
shooting sport facility built in San Diego, California.
In the game, four-inch diameter hollow spheres of ice were fired from a bank of
ice machines from a distance of 75 feet toward the shooter .
The shotgun was attached to a bench that prevented a shooter from pointing it toward
spectators and was wired to an internal microphone to detect when the gun was fired
When the player fired the gun, a number from 1 to 10 was presented by the scoring
machine. The score depended on how quickly the player fired, the higher number for
quicker reactions. If the player hit the sphere they scored the number presented by the
The experimental shooting sport was not financially successful and the Wingo facility
was closed in less than a year.
There were 18 Winchester Wingo ice ball machines in the Wingo facility, one is
now in the Buffalo Bill Cody Firearms Museum collection.
Approximately 20 shotguns were produced in .20 caliber that prevented players from
using their own .22 shells into the Wingo firearm facility.
|The cartridges were packaged in sleeves
(5 boxes per sleeve). There were two
different boxes - a red print with black
triangles on the top (packed 36 rounds),
and a black print with red triangles on
top (packed 30 rounds).
|Wingo Rim-Fire Shot Shell
|Wingo vs. .22 Long Rifle
|The rims and length are almost the same, but as stated above, the Wingo had a smaller
diameter then the .22 long rifle to prevent players from bringing their own
.22 ammo into the facility and using it in the Wingo firearms.
|$9.75 per cartridge
|Because this is a shot-shell and
rim-fire, it must be drilled
for export outside the U.S.A.
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