In 2006 it was announced that Browning had purchased the manufacturing rights of Winchester rifles and shotguns. As you may or may not know, Browning is a subsidiary of the Belgian firearm manufacturer FN Herstal. For some reason I constantly go to Winchester’s website. Maybe it’s because I own a Winchester Model 70, chambered in 7mm Remington Magnum, that was my grandfather’s. Or maybe it’s Winchester’s history of innovation in repeating firearms.
Anyhow, it’s been a couple of years now and today I noticed today that the Winchester website has been updated. With the site change comes the notice that Winchester is once again manufacturing their Model 1885, 1892 and 1895 rifles! Very cool. Very expensive but very cool.
I’m really happy with what FN, via Browning, is doing with the Winchester line of firearms. I’ve been really interested in learning more about the Winchester SXP, the latest Winchester pump shotgun. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find any reviews online. But, as the SXP is the offspring of the Winchester 1300, I’m pretty sure that most of the differences are cosmetic.
The one thing that would take me away from the SXP is that it is only available in black and shotguns are so much more sexy in WOOD.
Examples – Remington 870 Express
And the Browning BPS