Company Receives 'Manufacturer of Year' and 'Handgun of the Year'
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug 02, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Smith & Wesson
Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: SWHC), parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp.,
the legendary 155-year old company in the global business of safety, security,
protection and sport, announced today that it has received top awards in two
categories from the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence. Smith & Wesson
was named the "Manufacturer of the Year" for the second year in a row and the
company's M&P45 polymer pistol was named "Handgun of the Year".
Established in 1992, the Academy of Excellence is sponsored by FMG
Publications, publisher of Shooting Industry, GUNS and American Handgunner
magazines. The voting group consists of 500 industry executives, gun dealers
and outdoor writers. Smith & Wesson was nominated for "Manufacturer of the
Year" for introducing 70 new products including the M&P45 polymer pistol, the
Elite Series(TM) and 1000 Series(TM) line of shotguns, the new i-Bolt(TM)
rifle and the Classic Series of revolvers; the acquisition of Thompson/Center
Arms; the Company's work in supporting and expanding shooting sports by
working closely with the NSSF, NRA, USA Shooting and other associations and
sponsorships; for selection by the U.S. Government of 73,000 Sigma pistols and
15,000 restraints for allied forces in Afghanistan and Iraq; and for its
continued leadership in the industry and protection of the Second Amendment.
Smith & Wesson also received the Shooting Industry's "Handgun of the Year"
award for its M&P45 pistol. First introduced at the SHOT Show in February
2007, the M&P45 expanded upon the Military & Police Series of polymer pistols
which now also includes a 9mm, a compact 9mm, a .40 caliber, a .40 caliber
compact, a tactical rifle and a number of revolvers. Since its launch, the
M&P pistol series has been purchased or approved for use by 223 law
enforcement agencies. Smith & Wesson intends to submit the M&P45 to the U.S.
military as it considers a possible shift to a .45 caliber firearm for greater
stopping power. The M&P45 incorporates enhanced ergonomics, ambidextrous
controls and proven safety features, and is manufactured with a traditional
black or dark earth brown frame by Smith & Wesson in Springfield, MA. Options
include a frame-mounted ambidextrous thumb safety and a specially designed
lanyard attachment. Providing one of the smallest grip sizes available on any
.45 ACP pistol, the M&P45 comes with three interchangeable grip sizes and
features a 4.5-inch barrel with an overall length of 8.05 inches.
Michael F. Golden, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson Holding
Corporation, said, "On behalf of all of our employees, we are both honored and
proud to earn this recognition from professionals within our own industry, not
only for our work in shooting sports, but also for our exciting new M&P45
pistol. We remain dedicated to supporting our industry's advancements and to
developing innovative products that surpass the expectations of our loyal
About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation, a global leader in safety, security,
protection and sport, is parent company to Smith & Wesson Corp., one of the
world's largest manufacturers of quality firearms and firearm safety/security
products and parent company to Thompson/Center Arms, Inc., a premier designer
and manufacturer of premium hunting rifles, black powder rifles,
interchangeable firearms systems and accessories under the Thompson/Center
brand. Smith & Wesson licenses shooter protection, knives, apparel, and other
accessory lines. Smith & Wesson is based in Springfield, Massachusetts with
manufacturing facilities in Springfield, Houlton, Maine, and Rochester, New
Hampshire. The Smith & Wesson Academy is America's longest running firearms
training facility for law enforcement, military and security professionals.
For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to
http://www.smith-wesson.com. For more information on Thompson/Center Arms, log
on to http://www.tcarms.com.
Industry Contact: Gary Giudice
Blue Heron Communications
Liz Sharp, VP Investor Relations
Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.
(480) 949-9700 x. 115
SOURCE Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation