Select M&P Models Approved as Authorized Personally Owned Firearms
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Wesson
Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: SWHC), parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp.,
the legendary 157-year old company in the global business of safety, security,
protection and sport, announced today that the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) has approved select models from the company's Military &
Police (M&P) Pistol Series as authorized firearms. The approval allows DEA
special agents to purchase approved M&P pistols for use both on- and off-duty.
The DEA now joins the growing list of federal agencies to test and approve the
M&P pistol for duty use.
Leland Nichols, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Smith &
Wesson Corp., said, "This approval from the DEA reflects the ability of the
M&P pistol series to meet stringent federal requirements in the areas of
reliability, accuracy and endurance. We are confident that our M&P pistols
will meet the expectations of the DEA, as they have done for other federal,
military and law enforcement agencies that have selected them for professional
During a thorough evaluation conducted by the DEA Office of Training in
Quantico, VA, the M&P pistol was subjected to a wide range of tests to
determine its dependability and reliability. The evaluation included a two-day
endurance test, with 10,000 rounds fired from each pistol, followed by a
measurement of the pistol's accuracy. The agency also conducted testing for
environmental exposure as well as a physical impact analysis. In each of the
tests, the M&P pistol met or exceeded the DEA requirements.
Both compact and full-size models of the M&P pistol chambered in 9mm, .40
S&W and .45ACP were approved by the DEA. The approved pistols include the
M&P9c, M&P9, M&P9L, M&P40c, M&P40, M&P45c, and both the full-size and mid-size
M&P45. Agents are permitted to purchase pistols with or without night sights.
Engineered to become the handgun of choice for global law enforcement and
military personnel, the M&P pistol design is based on input from numerous law
enforcement and military organizations. The M&P pistol is manufactured on a
Zytel polymer frame, which is reinforced with a stainless steel chassis. The
M&P pistol also features a through-hardened black Melonite finished stainless
steel barrel and slide for added durability, a sear release lever that
eliminates the need to press the trigger in order to disassemble the firearm,
an ambidextrous slide stop and a reversible magazine release. The pistol's
innovative design is further enhanced with three interchangeable grip panels,
allowing the user to customize the grip size to his or her preference. A
loaded chamber indicator is located on top of the slide and an internal lock
system is optional for both working professionals and recreational shooters.
The M&P Pistol Series utilizes a steel dovetail mount front sight and a steel
rear sight. Tritium sights are also available for low light conditions. A
universal Picatinny-style equipment rail has been incorporated for tactical
lights and lasers.
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 Company, 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
www.smith-wesson.com. For more information on Thompson/Center Arms, log on to
Liz Sharp, VP Investor Relations
Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.
Industry Contact: Gary Giudice
Blue Heron Communications
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