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 www.smith-wesson.com.
Outdoor Industry Contact: Gary Giudice
Blue Heron Communications
Investor Relations Contact: Liz Sharp
Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.
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