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Old 01-04-2007, 09:50 AM
nickcarr nickcarr is offline
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Winchester handcuffs

Does anyone know off-hand why these handcuffs (Winchester WN-40 Stainless) were discontinued?
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:39 AM
M106 M106 is offline
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im not sure, but i used to carry american ultra lights they were also discontinued. Anyway long story short, i found out that ASP bought american handcuff company which made a ton of different handcuffs and could have been making those winchester handcuffs.
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Old 01-04-2007, 02:16 PM
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I believe the ASp's were having some problems. Do a search over at 10-8forums.

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Old 01-05-2007, 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by R.Moran
I believe the ASp's were having some problems. Do a search over at 10-8forums.

The early model ASP cuffs had a defective mechanism, which ASP replaced under warranty. The early ones had a red locking block, the newer models have a bright yellow block to distinguish them from the old ones.

The ASP cuffs seem to be OK, they are a bit larger than most other cuffs, meaning they will work on larger wrists, but being larger, they won't fit a lot of standard cuff cases. I haven't used mine much yet, I still prefer my Hiatts cuffs. If you want lightweight cuffs, take a look at the Hiatts. They make alloy cuffs in both chain and hinged models. I have been using them for a long time, & I've never had any problems with them....
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Old 01-09-2007, 05:19 PM
Bunky Bunky is offline
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Originally Posted by nickcarr
Does anyone know off-hand why these handcuffs (Winchester WN-40 Stainless) were discontinued?
The Winchester cuffs are made by Tactical Steel Products out of Chicago. Their website,, is still active. I personally have two pair of the Winchester handcuffs, but I haven't used them. I like the fact that they're stainless in construction instead of nickel plated. I bought mine from GT Distributors for around $21 or so which is a good deal. The racheting mechanism is pretty smooth, and they seem solid.

I have also heard that the Winchester handcuffs were discontinued, but have not substantiated this. Hard to compete against S&W and Peerless I guess.
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