The 1000 series from the late 1970's to early 1980's was manufactured to S&W specs
by Howa in Japan.
From the S&W press release about the new 1000 series........
"The Smith & Wesson Elite Gold and Elite Silver Series of shotguns, as well as the new 1000 Series of semi-automatic shotguns, have been designed by Smith & Wesson and incorporate several pending patents. Because the series will be produced in facilities dedicated entirely to manufacturing Smith & Wesson shotguns, as opposed to private labeling, Smith & Wesson shotguns will be distinct and unique in the marketplace."
I'm hoping now that S&W owns Thompson/Center that S&W will come out with a line of rimfire
and centerfire rifles.
Model 1000 shotguns with "MFG IN JAPAN TO S&W SPEC" stamped on the barrel.
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