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  • Smith & Wesson To Change Name To Reflect Diverse Holdings

    11/08/2016 4:47:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/08/2016 | Sonari Glinton
    As iconic as the brand Smith & Wesson is, the name is not expansive enough for the company's ambitions. Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. is asking its shareholders to approve changing the name to American Outdoor Brands Corp. But its firearms will keep their famous name. The company says it will likely change its ticker symbol to AOBC from the current SWHC. The name change has already been approved by the company's board of directors. Shareholders get a vote on Dec. 13, according to a statement from the company. Smith & Wesson has been making guns since 1852. The move...
  • Belgian Jihadi Attack on Police Women: Pistol Beats Machete

    08/20/2016 5:29:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A Jihadi with a machete attacked two policewomen at the checkpoint outside of Belgian police headquarters in the city of Charleroi, on Saturday afternoon, 6 August, 2016. One woman was seriously injured, another suffered minor wounds, and the third shot the attacker with the machete before he could inflict more damage. From the articles that I have read, it appears she was armed with a pistol. From the A man shot by police after he attacked two officers with a machete in the Belgian city of Charleroi has died. The women officers' injuries are not life-threatening. The assailant...
  • .44 Russian A Stubby, But Accurate Load

    07/14/2016 10:10:16 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 7/14/2016 | Mike Nesbitt
    The .44 Smith & Wesson Russian is a rather stubby little cartridge. It has an overall cartridge length that is just a bit shorter than a Sharps .45-caliber paper-patched 550-grain bullet, but its performance outshines its size. In recent years cowboy-action shooters have brought new life to this fine old load. One attraction for me is shooting blackpowder revolvers and lever-action rifles from the 1870s. Of course for me, shooting those guns is rather restricted to using the newly-made copies. Regarding revolvers – which we’ll concentrate on for the rest of this short tale – my guns are mostly second-...
  • Hawaii County Police Exhibit Common Sense on New Guns

    07/06/2016 3:21:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2015, the Honolulu Police Department destroyed over a half a million dollars worth of pistols for no apparent reason. The Hawaii Police Department has shown that it is much smarter, and serves its constituency much better. As with the Honolulu department, the Hawaii Department is in need of upgrading from its current 5906 Smith & Wesson stainless steel auto pistols. The Hawaii department has decided to convert to 9 mm Glocks, a popular choice all over the world. From The guns will first go to the recruits, who will learn on the new Glocks right from the...
  • Pistol replacement recommendation [Vanity]

    06/03/2016 9:23:17 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 98 replies
    None ^ | June 3, 2016 | Self
    My smallest concealed carry is a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380. By all accounts a quality pistol. In practice, though, I increasingly dislike it. The long 12-pound trigger pull prevents accurate, consistent shooting. After over a year and many hundreds of rounds, the results are all over the place. By comparison, I can place a six-inch result at 45-feet and at 21-feet, mostly in 3-inch, using either a Sig Sauer P320SC or, almost as well, with a S&W M&P Shield 40. At 21-feet, the S&W 380 Bodyguard is typically 8-12 inches. I like the smaller size of the S&W Bodyguard...
  • Smith & Wesson sales surge as Obama announces new gun regs

    01/05/2016 3:52:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 5, 2016 | Jessica Chasmar
    Smith & Wesson shares have surged for the second day Tuesday, driven higher by new gun control measures announced by President Obama. Shares of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., the world's largest gunmaker, rose 12 percent Tuesday, following a nearly 6 percent gain on Monday, after news of Obama's plans to tighten U.S. gun laws was reported last week. On Monday evening, management announced that it was raising its guidance because sales had been unexpectedly strong, Business Insider reported. For the three months ending Jan. 31, Smith & Wesson estimates that it will have $175 million to $180 million in...
  • Obama’s Gun Jihad

    12/20/2015 8:19:53 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/20/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    As gun owners know, our Muslim, Marxist President has been doing his best to take guns away from the American people. He has tried for six years to force Congress to do his bidding and violate the 2nd Amendment. To its credit Congress has pushed back, allowing the law abiding to exercise the right given them by God and protected in the Constitution. After San Bernardino, a city 30 miles from my home and the hometown of my wife, it did not take long for Democrats to respond as they always do: The killings were the fault of the guns...
  • Honolulu Mayor Gives up $575,000 to aid Gun Manufacturers

    08/28/2015 2:55:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Mayor Caldwell of Honolulu appears to have made the decision to destroy over half a million dollars of Smith & Wesson pistols, rather than sell them to police, police departments or to gun dealers anywhere. The mayor did not seek to gain political "credit" for the decision. The scheme was kept secret until it was leaked by whistle blowing police officers about a month ago. No credible reason was given for destroying the valuable merchandise. There is no shortage of pistol manufacturers. If the guns were sold to police or gun dealers, they would be directly competing with other...
  • Smith & Wesson nails what Obama did for gun sales in one sentence

    06/19/2015 7:52:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/19/2015 | Sam Ro
    The irony of the gun control debate is that when it seems tighter gun control policy is coming, sales spike. "[W]e experienced strong consumer demand for our firearm products following a new administration taking office in Washington, D.C. in 2009," said the management of gunmaker Smith & Wesson. That's when President Barack Obama moved into the White House. The explanation for this phenomenon is pretty simple: If there's a risk that you won't be able to buy guns in the near future, then buy your guns now.
  • Rise in accidental gunshots by L.A. County deputies follows new firearm [Smith & Wesson M&P9]

    06/14/2015 7:09:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 67 replies
    L A Times ^ | Cindy Chang
    ne sheriff's deputy shot himself in the leg while pulling out his gun to confront a suspect.. Another accidentally fired a bullet in a restroom stall. A third deputy stumbled over a stroller in a closet as he was searching for a suspect, squeezing off a round that went through a wall and lodged in a piece of furniture in the next room. Accidental gunshots by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have more than doubled in two years, endangering bystanders and occasionally injuring deputies. The jump coincides with the department's move to a new handgun that lacks a safety lever...
  • Early Concealed Carry Before Permits (photo)

    02/24/2015 6:10:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Many have speculated on the reason for the hand inside the coat pose of officers during Civil War photographs. Perhaps it was to render access to a concealed weapon. These, after all, were military officers. Is that the bulge of a Smith & Wesson #1 under his left arm? It is about the right size. The number one was one of the first easily concealable cartridge pistols. It was first produced in 1857 and was in great demand by officers in the Civil War. As a .22 short, we might not think of it as having much stopping power....
  • Tyranny Through Regulation

    01/25/2014 3:55:55 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 6 replies ^ | January 25, 2014 | RightWingPatriot
    The progressive liberal has shown through their actions and ideology that they seek above all else, control. The very thought of individual enterprise or liberty is anathema to them as it goes against their desire for an all-powerful state to which all citizens owe their allegiance and blind faith. Of course, they'll be the ones ruling as they obviously know what is best for us common peasants. How can we expected to make decisions on our own without their benevolent guidance and wisdom? The left has many weapons in their arsenal against freedom, and one of the most potent is...
  • Smith & Wesson protests California gun law (wont sell its newest firearm in California)

    01/24/2014 1:25:25 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2014 | By Reid Wilson
    One of the nations largest gun manufacturers wont sell its newest firearm in California because of a state law that requires firearms to imprint a unique stamp on bullet casings. Smith & Wesson said Thursday it would not sell a semiautomatic pistol in California because of the law, signed in 2007 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and implemented last year. Its the second big gun manufacturer to pull some of its products out of California in the last several months. The gun companies said the law, which requires each firearm to imprint a so-called microstamp on bullet casings, impose unbearable...

    01/23/2014 6:36:21 AM PST · by Greystoke · 36 replies
    On January 22nd renowned gun maker Smith & Wesson joined Sturm, Ruger, & Co., by announcing it would cease California sales of its semi-automatic pistols due to microstamping requirements that went into effect last year. Ruger made the same announcement earlier this month.
  • The CA microstamping law is having its intended effect

    01/22/2014 12:42:53 AM PST · by Redcloak · 19 replies
    Tony Canales reported from the SHOT show last week that Ruger will be allowing its handguns to fall off of the California "not unsafe" firearms roster. Now we learn that Ruger isn't alone. Smith & Wesson will be allowing its M&P handguns to fall off of the roster as well.
  • Anyone Have Experience with the Smith & Wesson SW1911 PC

    12/18/2012 3:09:08 PM PST · by Pit1 · 33 replies
    Want to buys 1911 SW.
  • Springfield gun maker Smith & Wesson announces record sales

    12/07/2012 2:28:20 PM PST · by matt04 · 11 replies
    Smith & Wesson has announced record sales for its most recent quarter. Net sales from continuing operations for the second quarter were a record $136.6 million, up 48 percent from the second quarter last year, according to a news release issued this week. It was the second consecutive quarter of record sales. The company employs more than 1,200 workers at its factory and headquarters on Roosevelt Avenue. Federal background checks for gun purchasers were up over Black Friday. Many observers say that's because gun buyers fear that a re-elected President Barack Obama will impose more gun restrictions. But Smith &...
  • Chart Of The Day: Smith & Wesson Sales

    09/06/2012 2:38:27 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | September 6, 2012 | Tyler Durden
    The attached chart of Smith & Wesson revenues needs no comment. Well one comment: when the final bubble does pop (and here we make the wild assumption that no intelligent extraterrestrial life will be found to bail out the central banks in time), at least everyone will be locked and loaded. And some highlights from the just released investor presentation: Record-level quarterly sales growth from continuing ops of $136.0M, +48.3% Y/Y Record-level quarterly income from continuing ops of $18.9M, or $0.28 per diluted share Record Adjusted Non-GAAP EBITDAS of $36.1 Million Raised Full Year Fiscal 2013 Financial Guidance Exceeded high...
  • A run on Guns is making investors happy

    04/04/2012 9:53:26 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 9 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 28 March 2012 | Michael J. Ray
    That being said, every once in awhile I stumble onto certain investment opportunities that fall outside these two realms. Recently it has become apparent that one such opportunity is in full swing, and that is in the world of firearms manufacturing. We are not talking about the military industries, but more the firearms made for the general public. Like them or hate them, one cannot argue that an investment in guns and the companies that manufacture them are making investors very happy. To validate the claim, consider the following two companies and their current stock prices.
  • **** Vanity **** First Time Caliber Report

    01/07/2012 1:37:38 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 18 replies
    1-7-2012 | Jeff Chandler
    This morning was the first time I shot a .460 S&W magnum round and I thought I would report my impressions: I like it.
  • 44 Magnum (chapter 2)

    06/13/2010 3:14:34 PM PDT · by Errant · 12 replies · 681+ views
    Youtube ^ | June 13, 2010 | Hickock45
    Good video by Hickok45 shooting the Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum of "Dirty Harry" fame. Hickok45's videos are usually entertaining, informative and he is also an excellent shooter. For those of you who are not shooters or don't wish to improve your knowledge of shooting and firearms, you'd probably just be bored... :)
  • Smith & Wesson(R) Introduces New BODYGUARD(R) Line

    01/20/2010 3:48:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies · 2,877+ views ^ | 19 January, 2010 | Smith & Wesson
    Company Launches New Compact Pistol and Revolver with Integrated Laser System Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (Nasdaq Global Select: SWHC), parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary 158-year-old company in the global business of safety, security, protection and sport, announced today the introduction of company's newest line of firearms designed for personal protection the Smith & Wesson BODYGUARDS. The BODYGUARD 380 semi-automatic pistol and BODYGUARD 38 revolver have been designed in conjunction with Insight Technology, a leader in the laser optics field, to offer consumers a new and uniquely engineered, lightweight, self-defense firearm with built-in laser sights....
  • Smith and Wesson to buy Thompson Center

    12/19/2006 9:39:55 PM PST · by sig226 · 84 replies · 3,078+ views
    abf journal ^ | 12/18/06 | n/a
    TD Banknorth Finances Smith & Wessons Buyout of Thompson/Center Arms Monday, December 18, 2006 Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Thompson/Center Arms, a designer, manufacturer and marketer of premium hunting firearms, for $102 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the beginning of January 2007.
  • Thoughts on firearms

    06/27/2006 5:16:06 PM PDT · by LukeL · 18 replies · 607+ views
    I was wondering what were some good guns for someone who is just getting into the hobby. I am wondering what the ideal caliber is and what is better (pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun etc.) Also I am wondering if anyone has tried the Smith & Wesson M&P1515 rifles.
  • Smith & Wesson Is Fighting Its Way Back

    04/11/2006 10:19:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1,346+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 11, 2006 | LESLIE WAYNE
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. It is hard to imagine a company sinking as low as Smith & Wesson, the legendary arms maker that equipped soldiers from the Civil War to Vietnam and 98 percent of American police forces. Just two years ago, the company's chairman was found to be a convicted felon: he had failed to disclose spending 15 years in jail for armed robbery. Federal investigators were looking into accounting irregularities, and the company's stock was stuck at $1.50 a share. Adding to the company's woes, American soldiers for the last decade have carried Italian-made Berettas, while most police forces...
  • Gun maker will take look at Winchester factory

    03/22/2006 10:55:40 AM PST · by neverdem · 81 replies · 3,736+ views
    New Haven Register ^ | 03/22/2006 | Andy Bromage and Damian J. Troise
    NEW HAVEN Smith & Wesson, the nations oldest and once its largest handgun maker, was named by city officials Tuesday as one of three manufacturers eyeing a takeover of the soon-to-close Winchester firearms factory. Mayor John DeStefano Jr. confirmed Tuesday that Smith & Wesson executives will be in town this weekend to tour the U.S. Repeating Arms Co. factory at 344 Winchester Ave., where "The Gun That Won The West" has been manufactured for 150 years. "There is a serious interest in the plant by a credible manufacturer," DeStefano said Tuesday. "Where its going to lead, I am not...
  • New Smith & Wesson

    11/03/2005 1:53:40 PM PST · by TEXASPROUD · 27 replies · 1,256+ views
    Smith and Wesson Website | Texasproud
    Smith and Wesson have done it again. After reintroducing the Model 21, an N-frame, fixed sight, slim barrel, big bore revolver, they must have had decent sales. Just introduced this week is the new Model 22, a 4" N-frame, fixed sight, slim barrel in .45 ACP. Just wanted to let you know it is out there. No there is no Gold Thunder Ranch on it, the Thunder Ranch insignia is on the grips.
  • WSJ: Gun Liability Control - The NRA meets the trial bar at high noon.

    07/27/2005 4:48:44 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 612+ views ^ | July 27, 2005 | Editorial
    ...Senate Republicans say they have 60 votes to pass the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which would protect gun makers from lawsuits claiming they are responsible for crimes committed with their products. The support includes at least 10 Democrats, which speaks volumes about the political shift against "gun control" in recent years. The "assault weapons ban" expired with a whimper last year. State legislatures have been rolling back firearm laws because the restrictions were both ineffectual and unpopular. Gun-controllers have responded by avoiding legislatures and going to court, teaming with trial lawyers and big city mayors to file...
  • Smith & Wesson Begins Shipments of 460XVR Revolver

    07/13/2005 10:26:41 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 139 replies · 5,641+ views ^ | 7/12/05 | n/a
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (Amex: SWB), parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary, 153-year old, global provider of products and services for safety, security, protection and sport announced that it has begun initial shipments of its Model 460XVR (X-treme Velocity Revolver). The revolver, introduced by the company at SHOT Show 2005 in January, received the "2005 Handgun of theYear" award from the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence. Tom Taylor, Vice President of Marketing for Smith & Wesson, said, "We began receiving orders for the 460XVR immediately upon the revolver's unveiling at...
  • In praise of the N Frame

    05/24/2005 11:09:16 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 79 replies · 3,557+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 5/23/2005 | Jack Black
    Among the many excellent handguns available perhaps none is so beloved by so many as the classic Smith & Wesson N-Frame. The N-Frame is the biggest traditional frame size available in a Smith & Wesson handgun. It dates back to early in the last century when it was offered as a military and police pistol in various guises, including the legendary Triple Lock. Originally offered in .38 Special and other old-school calibers it began its rise to flagship and icon with the introduction of the .357 magnum. One can argue, did the calibers make the gun or did the gun...
  • Smith & Wesson to manufacture Walther PPK/s

    03/21/2005 11:51:58 AM PST · by Servant of the 9 · 75 replies · 10,099+ views
    Combat Handguns via Cylinder & Slide ^ | <arch, 2005 | Dennis Prisbrey
    The NRA is also reporting that S&W will manufacture a version of the Walther PPK/s that at 20.8 oz. is 3 oz. less than the original. Walther and Smith & Wesson have been tighter than two fingers in a mitten recently, with Walther \USA (the US branch of the company) sharing the same corporate address as Smith & Wesson in Springfield, and some commingling of personnel and assets. Walther USA has disbanded, and now Smith & Wesson is the US distributor for Walther products, as well as the maker of the current PPK/S. So we're up to date on the...
  • New S&W 460VXR Magnum

    02/02/2005 12:00:10 PM PST · by Servant of the 9 · 103 replies · 4,333+ views
    Smith & Wesson Website ^ | 1/1/2005 | Smith & Wesson
    460XVR 8 3/8" Revolver $1,253.00* *Suggested Retail, Dealer Sets Actual Pricing. Other Features * Removable, Interchangeable Compensator Other Features * 2330 FPS/200 Grain! The Highest Velocity Revolver in the World * 2400 ft/lbs! The Most Powerful .45 Caliber Revolver in the World * If You Zero its Sights at 200 Yards, You Will Bag Your Buck with a Center Hold. 0-250 Yards with No Hold Over! Just Center It and Fire. The 460XVR will Do The Rest * Gain Twist Rifled Barrel for Superb Accuracy * Lighter Loads That The 460 Will Also...

    08/16/2004 8:50:08 AM PDT · by ConservativeGadfly · 27 replies · 3,074+ views
    National Rifle Assocication ^ | August 16, 2004 | NRA, Grass Roots North Carolina
    NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA POLITICAL VICTORY FUND INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION 11250 WAPLES MILL ROAD FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA 22030-7400 ______________________________________________________________________________FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: For More Information: August 16 , 2002 (703) 267-3820 Vote for Vernon Robinson C the NRA PVF Endorsed Candidate FAIRFAX, VA -- In recent radio spots, mailings and on her website, Virginia Foxx incorrectly states she is the National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsed candidate in North Carolinas 5th District Congressional race. The truth is the NRA PVF has endorsed Vernon Robinson for the 5th District. Robinson, the son of a Tuskegee Airman and nurse, graduated from the U.S....
  • New Smith&Wesson Revolver

    08/12/2004 11:00:36 AM PDT · by TEXASPROUD · 118 replies · 7,797+ views
    American Handgunner | TEXASPROUD
    For all of the old farts out there that know a good revolver can settle a social fracas as well as a pistol, I got good news. Smith&Wesson is going to reintroduce the Model of 1950 .44 Military to be known as the Thunder Ranch Special Model 21-4. This will be a blued N-Frame, round butt, skinny barreled, fixed sight, .44 Special. I currently have an old Model of 1926 .44 Special, as well as an adjustable sight 6 1/2" Model 24 and a 4" Model 624 .44 Special. This retro model will bring us back to a simpler time,...
  • Smith & Wesson Sets Sights on Clothes, Home Decor

    10/15/2003 10:50:55 PM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 5 replies · 183+ views
    Reuters via ^ | Oct 14, 10:51 am ET | Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Looking for just the right duvet cover to match your .38 Super? Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., parent of the legendary 151-year-old handgun maker, is branching out into home decor, clothing and jewelry with a new catalog, just in time for Christmas. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company hopes the catalog, called Crossings by Smith & Wesson, will expand the gun maker's consumer base and product offerings. The company already sells hunting gear such as binoculars and scopes, and has licensing deals for products ranging from bicycles to golf clubs. The move comes after handgun manufacturers, hit by dozens...
  • Please help a rookie pick a semiauto (vanity)

    07/04/2002 6:17:30 PM PDT · by newwahoo · 167 replies · 706+ views
    me ^ | 7/4/02 | me
    I need help picking a weapon from FR's firearms gurus! Here's the deal: 1. The choices consist of the Glock 19, Sig Sauer 226, or (boo) S&W 5946. I know you all have your favorites but these are the options and they're not going to change. 2. Money is not an issue, nor is ease of use. If one is more work but worth the effort then its worth getting. I'll just have to invest the time and energy. My life is worth it so thats ok. 3. Concealment and weight are not critical. Reliability and my confidence level are...
  • Smith & Wesson Stock Rebounds, Despite Consumer Boycott

    03/22/2002 8:10:56 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 17 replies · 534+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 3/22/02 | Matt Pyeatt
    17 months after gun maker Smith & Wesson Corp. laid off more than a hundred workers from its Springfield, Mass. plant in the middle of a consumer boycott, the company's new owners this week watched their stock hit an all-time high. Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. is the new name of the company since an American firm, Saf-T-Hammer Corp. purchased the British-owned Smith & Wesson last May. Company officials say the surge in the stock price - it closed Wednesday at the all-time high of $2.84 -- is because of that new American ownership. But Larry Pratt, executive director of...