I reposted this topic from the "Shotguns - General" forum, hoping the more specialised forum would yield a bigger response:
I've become interested in learning about Winchester-branded variants of the old (1985 and earlier) Winchester 101 O/U. My rudimentary understanding is that the same Japanese factory (Kodensha?) that made the Winchester 101 also made O/Us under the Winchester name based on the 101 action with slight differences (such as double triggers, etc.) for markets other than the U.S.
I think that such variants may possibly include a Winchester 99 (a double trigger 101 for the European market?), and may possibly include Winchester 96 and Winchester 94 models.
I am not referring to 101 clones (or predecessors) made by Kodensha and sold in the USA under a name other than Winchester (such as Nikko). I am referring to Winchester-branded products. Also, I am not referring to non-Kodensha 101 variants, such as the Classic Doubles (which I understand to have been made in the USA).
Does anyone have any info they can contribute to shed light on what (if any) Winchester-branded Winchester 101 variants were made and what features those variants included?