Smith & Wesson Begins Shipments of 460XVR Revolver

    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 the
 Year" 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 the SHOT Show.  The internal engineering team at Smith & Wesson
 specifically designed the 460XVR to address the growing handgun hunting and
 shooting sports markets.  The positive response we are receiving from our
 dealers and customers underscores our belief that the innovative 460XVR truly
 sets a new standard in revolver performance."
     Manufactured entirely in the United States at the company's Springfield,
 Massachusetts factory, the 460XVR is capable of launching a 200-grain bullet
 at a speed of more than 2,300 feet per second and thus represents the highest
 velocity production revolver currently available.  The company indicated that
 its objective in designing the 460XVR was to design a revolver capable of
 accurately and effectively reaching targets at distances of over 200 yards.
 This high velocity performance allows shooters to zero in on targets at long
 range while retaining a center hold.
     About Smith & Wesson
     Smith & Wesson Corp. is a global provider of products and services for the
 safety, security, protection and sport markets.  The company manufactures
 firearms and handcuffs and is home to America's longest-running firearms
 training facilities for America's public servants.  The company also markets a
 variety of products for sport shooters including firearm safety/security
 devices, shooter protective gear, knives, apparel, footwear and other
 accessory lines.  The Company is based in Springfield, Mass., with
 manufacturing facilities in Springfield and Houlton, Maine.  Contact
 (800) 331-0852 or log on to
      Outdoor Industry Contact:  Gary Giudice
      Blue Heron Communications
      (800) 654-3766
      Investor Relations Contact:  Liz Sharp
      Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.
      (480) 367-5015

SOURCE Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.

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