so whats the deal with browning and winchester then?
were they once american companies with all guns being made in belguim?
or now belgium owns both companies?
or brownings were never american to begin with?
its all very confusing.
It IS very confusing, and although I'm not an expert, here's a brief synopsis:
John Browning was one of history's greatest firearms designers, but Browning was also one of the first companies to outsource production overseas - beginning in the early 1900s with their Auto 5. Brownings have been produced in many countries, including Belgium, Japan, and now Portugal. Not all of their guns have been their own designs (i.e. the Japanese Miruku imports).
Winchester was an American company for many years. In the past, they did import some guns from Japan (M101, M23, etc.). Winchester has changed hands several times, and are now owned by the same company that owns Browning - the Herstal Group in Belgium. Winchester licenses their name to guns produced in the US, Japan, and Portugal. The Winchester Super X2 is built on the same platform as the Browning Gold.