I was googling around today wanting to see if I could find more info on the Winchester SXP. I found it at Field and Stream:
The SXP is the Turkish-made reincarnation of the old 1300, an underappreciated, lightweight, inexpensive gun made in the old New Haven factory before it closed. Winchester announced the SXP last year but it wasn’t until this year that they actually received guns from their Turkish vendor in sellable quantities.
Turkish-made? It was time for another call to Browning.
Rick, one of the customer service agents with whom I’ve spoken several times concerning the SXP, confirmed that the manufacturing was being done in Turkey but did not remember the name of the factory/company. FN (the Browning/Winchester parent) of course has complete QC oversight and testing is being done in here in the U.S. at the Browning factory in Morgan, Utah. Apparently, FN uses a lot of Turkish manufacturers for their shotguns (thus quality should not be an issue).
As mentioned previously, they are still on schedule for a June, 2010 release date.