The H&R Parner protector is made in China by Qiqihar Hawk Industries Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China North Industries Corporation. Commonly referred to as Norinco, China North Industries is a major producer of inexpensive SKS and AK-pattern rifles. Qiqihar Hawk makes only shotguns, including clones of the Remington 870 sold under the H&R name. They also make an autoloading shotgun, a couple of over/unders and an array of police shotguns. Apparently they aren't the culprits in the Winchester 1887/1897 fiascos.
Strangely enough H&R is an affiliate of Remington, and is competing with its parent company's US made shotguns with a cheap import!
The Pardner design seems good, as expected, and its a fairly heavy all steel gun, but China isn't exactly famous for quality. I'd get the Sears/Winchester unless you have a lot of faith in the dealer taking care of any teething problems on the H&R.
I swear by Jupiter Optimus Maximus .... in the army of the consul Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus and for 10 miles around it I will not steal anything worth more than a sestertius in any one day.