Miroku Corp.

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Miroku Corp
Founded February 1893; 124 years ago (1893-02)
Headquarters Nankoku, Japan
Products Shotguns, rifles
Revenue Increase 3,907.4 million[1]
Increase 229.4 million[1][dead link]
Increase 169 million[1][dead link]
Number of employees
551 [2]
Website http://www.miroku-jp.com

Miroku Corporation (株式会社ミロク?, Kabushiki Kaisha Miroku) (OSE: 7983) is a Japanese firearms manufacturer located in Nankoku, Kōchi Prefecture. Their products include shotguns produced for Browning Arms Company and rifles licensed by Winchester Firearms.[3] In European markets, these products are sold under both the Miroku and Browning brand names. Charles Daly Firearms of the United States imported Miroku O/U shotguns throughout the 1960s to early 1970s. Afterwards, Miroku found a new outlet for the O/U models under Browning, explaining the similarities from late models imported by Daly to early Browning Citori Type 1 models. This also coincides with FN and Miroku's joint buyout of Brownings stock in 1977.

Miroku manufactured a few different models of handguns between the 1960s and the 1980s, though these were not widely distributed. Among the most common is the "Liberty Chief" model, .38 caliber revolver.[4] They briefly manufactured copies of the Browning BL22, a .22 lever-action rifle, under the name of Miroku ML22. This model was popular with Australian rabbit hunters due to its low price and a high magazine capacity of 15 rounds.

Miroku's guns manufactured for Browning are considered generally reliable despite being cheaper than their Browning-branded counterparts. They also reproduce replicas of Winchester's famed lever-action and falling-block action rifles.

Miroku shotguns generally cost over 1,000 United states dollars. Their MK38 Teague O/U sporting shotgun is considered a classic which performs well against competing models, such as the Browning B525 and Beretta 686E. The MK38 Teague O/U also has features such as a back-bored barrel and an extended choke associated with more expensive guns in the Browning and Beretta product lines.[5]

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