History of SKB Shotguns
In 1548, Portuguese explorers landed on Tanegashima Island in the Province of Kyushu, Japan. These merchants were the first to bring modern guns into Japan during the time of the Japanese Civil War. These clan leaders needed modern weapons for their samurai warriors to run countryside.
By the later half of the 19th century, the Mito clan was well established in an area northeast of Tokyo. In a small gun repair factory, which belonged to the clan, Mr. Shigyo SaKaBa worked as a gunsmith’s apprentice. In 1855, at the age of 20, the feudal lord appointed Shigyo SaKaBa to the position of gunsmith to supervise the development and production of guns for the clan.
This small factory was known for its craftsmanship; producing guns of the highest quality and strongest construction. Mr. Shigyo SaKaBa is considered to be the founder of the current SKB (SaKaBa) Arms Company. Today, SKB incorporates modern technology with old world craftsmanship to produce a complete line of premier grade competition shotgun.
SKB Shotguns are distributed throughout the world through a network of distributors. The US national office is located in Omaha, Nebraska and exclusively imports the SKB Shotguns for the United States. In 2007 SKB celebrated its 150th anniversary; SKB Shotguns have been sold in the United States since 1968. There are nearly 5,000 SKB Shotgun dealers in the United States alone.
SKB produces several Over and Under shotguns including Field, Trap and Clay models. These guns are well known for their craftsmanship and use of high quality materials. The shotguns keep to a conservative style, focusing more on performance features. SKB continues to look for ways to improve the overall construction and operation of the shotguns to fit the needs of shooters and ensure the best product possible in a competitive industry.