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Posted: 10/25/2004 3:58:02 PM EDT
With all the gun companies out there today, and Japans ability to produce high quality cars and computers and what not, why are there no Japanese gun companies. Or if there are, I'm not really aware of them, at least not big name gun manufacters. Somewhere I think I remember hearing some brownings are produced in Japan, but I don't know of any actual Japanese owned manufactuers.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 3:59:56 PM EDT
HOWA?
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:02:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:03:19 PM EDT
Browning used to be made there but are not any longer, IIRC. You have to realize that Japan, as a whole, really doesn't care for guns at all. Shame in working in a gun factory, perhaps? Not to mention the cost of shipping them here & given the extremely tight market, what would they make?
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:04:03 PM EDT
They're pretty much banned there.

Of course, that hardly stops H&H from having their showrooms in Paris, London, and New York...
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:04:08 PM EDT
IIRC there were a bunch of guns made in Japan and sold under the Ithaca Gun brand.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:04:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:07:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By thinman:
HOWA?



Howa's are made in Japan and are extremely well made, I have 2 of them.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:09:44 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:10:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By eodtech2000:

Originally Posted By thinman:
HOWA?



Howa's are made in Japan and are extremely well made, I have 2 of them.



I currently have only one in 22-250. Helluva shooter.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:22:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:24:22 PM EDT
Tokyo Marui makes some great guns, just ask Lumpy.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:26:53 PM EDT
Soon most of our guns will come from Russia.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:28:14 PM EDT
Weatherby makes some of their guns in Japan from Howa.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:28:32 PM EDT
I think Howa also manufacturers the vanguard rifle for Weatherby.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:42:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By calafro:
I think Howa also manufacturers the vanguard rifle for Weatherby.



The Vanguard is a Howa Lightning with some cosmetic changes.

Precision shooting had an article about 5 years ago from a gunsmith who was highly impressed with them. Since the Howa's are machined useing CNC machines, very little is needed to done to them like square the action up and the bolt. The biggest improvement the Smith had to do was put McMillian stock on it and replace the hammer forged barrel with a custom barrel like a Schneider on it.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:43:07 PM EDT
WTF?

Howa used to make the AR-180 and used to make the Weatherby Mark V when they were made in Japan, They make the most excellent Howa 1500 bolt actions. I love mine. BTW, the Weatherby Vanguard is a relabelled Howa 1500, as were the Mossberg and S&W 1500 and 1700 rifles.

Miroku makes ALL Browning firearms, excpet for the Pro 9 and Pro 40 handguns, the High Power, and the Gold shotgun. Citoris, Cynergs, BARs, BLRs, 22s, and Buckmarks are ALL Japanese. Miroku also sells its own line of shotguns under its own name outside the USA due to Browning's marketing agreement.

SKB makes great shotguns, and makes the Weatherby Athena and Orion over/unders.

That's a pretty hefty chunk of the world's sporting arms market right there.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:45:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2004 4:49:38 PM EDT by WackyG]
This Winchester 52b was made in Japan. (don't know when though) I've never shot it but it is one of the best looking rifles I've held.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:47:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2004 5:00:04 PM EDT by thinman]
Didn't they do some guns for Mossberg awhile back?

ETA: Missed that SWO_daddy thanks for the heads up!
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:50:01 PM EDT
See my post above.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:50:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By thinman:
Didn't they do some guns for Mossberg awhile back?



Yes, one of my Howa's is labeled "Mossberg 1500".
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:03:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By shotar:
SKB



Yes, that was it, all I could think of was Tikka
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:05:13 PM EDT
shame. they were probably even better made than belgian brownings.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:06:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 1Andy2:
shame. they were probably even better made than belgian brownings.



What do you mean "were"? Most Browning are still made in Japan.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:07:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Phil_A_Steen:

Originally Posted By shotar:
SKB



Yes, that was it, all I could think of was Tikka



Tikka is Finnish. So is Nokia. Two companies often confused for Japanese.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:11:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:13:10 PM EDT
Miroku Firearms Manufacturing Company builds long guns for Browning too.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:17:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:23:54 PM EDT
Miroku comes to mind.

Don't forget that they also made the AR-180 for a while.

They can make them, they just can't own them.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:25:51 PM EDT
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