This timeline is provided for informational purposes only and is not to be considered definitive. Information below has been compiled from various documents, books, magazine articles, and employee recollections. Any errors are inadvertent. This is not a legal document in any way and in no way is it definitive.
Understanding Browning product history can be confusing. Some firearms designed by John M. Browning were not actually imported under the Browning name for many years. Many manufacturers made his designs before the Browning brand was established as a firearms brand on the actual rifles, shotguns, and pistols.
An excellent example of this is the Single Shot rifle, Browning's first commercial design. However, it was originally sold by the Browning brothers out of Ogden, Utah. Then the rights were sold to Winchester and it was produced as the 1885 Single Shot for many years. It was then revived under the Browning brand as the B-78 in 1969. In the 1990s, it changed brands again and was produced and sold by Winchester, which continues until today.