Smith & Wesson Introduces Walther PPK 75th Anniversary Edition

Dec 19, 2005, 00:00 ET from Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Wesson
 Holding Corporation (Amex:   SWB), parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp., the
 legendary 153-year old company in the global business of safety, security,
 protection and sport, announced today the release of a limited 75th
 Anniversary edition of the Walther PPK.
     After 75 years, the pistol that helped make James Bond famous will be
 recognized with a special commemorative model.  Manufactured of carbon steel
 with a polished blue finish, the Anniversary Model has wood grips as well as
 full scroll, machine engraving on both sides of the frame and slide.  A 24kt
 gold plated Walther logo and model name along with an engraved "75th
 Anniversary" will be featured on the left side of the frame.  Each Anniversary
 PPK will bear a special serial number, starting with 0000PPK and will be
 shipped with a glass-top wooden display case.
     The classic Walther PPK, chambered in .380 ACP ammunition, has a
 traditional double-action trigger pull, measures 6.1 inches in total length
 with a 3.3-inch barrel, and weighs 20.8 ounces.  The slide features a fixed
 red dot front sight and a drift windage adjustable dovetail red line rear
 sight.  The pistol is manufactured with a durable and corrosion-resistant
 stainless barrel, carbon steel frame and slide, and has a capacity of six
 rounds plus one round in the chamber.
     Smith & Wesson, under a licensing agreement from Carl Walther GmBH,
 manufactures a similar version of the venerable Walther firearm: the PPK/S.
 The Anniversary Model is smaller in size and almost 3 ounces lighter than the
 PPK/S.  The same ergonomic enhancements found on the PPK/S have been retained
 for the Anniversary Model.  The PPK features an extended beaver tail and an
 edge break package on the frame designed to provide a streamlined look and
 feel.
     Information on the Walther PPK/S and the Special Anniversary model are
 available on the Smith & Wesson website at www.smith-wesson.com, and both are
 available through authorized Smith & Wesson dealers.
 
     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.
 
     Industry Contact:  Gary Giudice
     Blue Heron Communications
     (800) 654-3766
     gary@blueheroncomm.com
 
     Liz Sharp, VP Investor Relations
     Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.
     (480) 949-9700 x. 115
     lsharp@smith-wesson.com
 
 

SOURCE Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Wesson
 Holding Corporation (Amex:   SWB), parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp., the
 legendary 153-year old company in the global business of safety, security,
 protection and sport, announced today the release of a limited 75th
 Anniversary edition of the Walther PPK.
     After 75 years, the pistol that helped make James Bond famous will be
 recognized with a special commemorative model.  Manufactured of carbon steel
 with a polished blue finish, the Anniversary Model has wood grips as well as
 full scroll, machine engraving on both sides of the frame and slide.  A 24kt
 gold plated Walther logo and model name along with an engraved "75th
 Anniversary" will be featured on the left side of the frame.  Each Anniversary
 PPK will bear a special serial number, starting with 0000PPK and will be
 shipped with a glass-top wooden display case.
     The classic Walther PPK, chambered in .380 ACP ammunition, has a
 traditional double-action trigger pull, measures 6.1 inches in total length
 with a 3.3-inch barrel, and weighs 20.8 ounces.  The slide features a fixed
 red dot front sight and a drift windage adjustable dovetail red line rear
 sight.  The pistol is manufactured with a durable and corrosion-resistant
 stainless barrel, carbon steel frame and slide, and has a capacity of six
 rounds plus one round in the chamber.
     Smith & Wesson, under a licensing agreement from Carl Walther GmBH,
 manufactures a similar version of the venerable Walther firearm: the PPK/S.
 The Anniversary Model is smaller in size and almost 3 ounces lighter than the
 PPK/S.  The same ergonomic enhancements found on the PPK/S have been retained
 for the Anniversary Model.  The PPK features an extended beaver tail and an
 edge break package on the frame designed to provide a streamlined look and
 feel.
     Information on the Walther PPK/S and the Special Anniversary model are
 available on the Smith & Wesson website at www.smith-wesson.com, and both are
 available through authorized Smith & Wesson dealers.
 
     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.
 
     Industry Contact:  Gary Giudice
     Blue Heron Communications
     (800) 654-3766
     gary@blueheroncomm.com
 
     Liz Sharp, VP Investor Relations
     Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.
     (480) 949-9700 x. 115
     lsharp@smith-wesson.com
 
 SOURCE  Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation