Tag Archive: Smith & Wesson


Throwback Thursday: 10 Handguns To Own Before You Die

 

 

NRA Handgun Bucket List

 

 

 

” Our first “Throwback Thursday” for 2015 is only a few years old, but in the spirit of creating a “bucket list” of things to do or see before you “kick the bucket,” we have brought back Jerry Lee’s compilation of handguns he believes all firearm enthusiasts should have at some time in his or her life.”

 

 

    Clicking the link in the title of on the picture will take you to the original article where the reader can click on each individual gun for more detailed information about the chosen piece such as our favorite pistol , the Browning Hi-Power …

 

 

Hi-Power

 

 

 

” Browning Hi Power

Posted by Jerry Lee

  No list of important handguns is complete without the Hi Power. Today’s gun catalogs are full of “high-capacity nines” but this was the original. With its double-stack magazine holding 13 rounds plus one in the chamber, you can see where the name “Hi Power” originated. Considered to be John Browning’s last handgun design (with final touches by Dieudonne Saive of FN), the Hi Power is considered by some to be an improved 1911. It has been used by the militaries of more than 50 countries since 1935, and still serves many to this day. The grip fits some hands better than just about any handgun and as the design approaches its 80th anniversary, it is a fine example of a full-size 9 mm. “

 

 

Read about them all here and join the lively discussion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Wants To Be U.S. Army’s New Gun — Again

 

 

 

 

” The Italian gunmaker Beretta wants to be the U.S. Army’s standard-issue handgun one more time. Beretta has been supplying the Army with its M9 handgun for the last 30 years.But the Army is now looking for a new gun and is holding a contest of sorts for gun makers.

  However, Beretta is not going to step aside without a fight. It is entering the competition with a new design — the M9A3.

  The new gun can hold two more rounds than the M9, and has more modular features for adding accessories, like scopes and lights, according to Gabriele de Plano, vice president of military marketing and sales at Beretta, a gunmaker with a long history that has been around since 1526.

  The Army’s decision to replace its current standard issue handgun is a rare and lucrative event for the gun industry. It’s been using the M9 since 1985, and the Marine Corps has used a slightly different version, called the M9A1, since 2006.”

 

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Record U.S. Gun Production As Obama ‘Demonized’ On Issue

 

 

 

 

” U.S. gun makers led by Sturm Ruger & Co. and Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (SWHC) churned out a record number of firearms in 2012, government data show, continuing a trend of robust production during Democratic presidencies.

  More than 8.57 million guns were produced in 2012, up 31 percent from 6.54 million in 2011, according to data released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which has been tracking the statistics since 1986.

  Almost as many guns — 26.1 million — were produced during Democrat Barack Obama’s first term as president as during the entire eight-year presidency of his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush , the ATF data show.”

 

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Smith & Wesson To Stop Selling Guns In California Due To Microstamping Law

 

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” Smith & Wesson announced it will stop selling its handguns in California rather than manufacture them to comply with the new micro-stamping law. The other publicly traded firearms manufacturer in the U.S., Sturm, Ruger, also said this month that it will stop new sales to California.

  The announcement late Wednesday came a week after the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for firearms manufacturers, filed suit against California for requiring that all new semi-automatic pistols that are not already on the state’s approved gun roster have the micro-stamping technology. 

  Smith & Wesson President and CEO James Debney said, “As our products fall off the roster due to California’s interpretation of the Unsafe Handgun Act, we will continue to work with the NRA and the NSSF to oppose this poorly conceived law which mandates the unproven and unreliable concept of micro-stamping and makes it impossible for Californians to have access to the best products with the latest innovations.” “

Smith & Wesson Unveils Massive New Revolver, The Backpack Cannon

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Smith & Wesson says the monster is “a very comfortable gun to shoot.”

  The revolver has a three inch barrel and fires a .460-caliber bullet that delivers quite a wallop.

  The new gun was debuted at the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade show in Las Vegas.

  Paul Pluff is with Smith & Wesson, he told Military.com the revolver is “a great gun for a back-up gun in the backcountry or even for hunting if you’re going after some pigs or hogs or anything like that.” “

 

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SMITH & WESSON M&P BODYGUARD

 

 

 

 

” Consumers have enjoyed the M&P series. Consumers have enjoyed the Bodyguard line. So, for 2014 Smith & Wesson is combining the most popular aspects of each line. The result: the new M&P Bodyguard.”

 

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Model M&P BODYGUARD® 380

The price is $379.00 *

” *Suggested Retail, Dealer Sets Actual Pricing

  • SKU:109381
     
  • Model:BODYGUARD® 380
     
  • Caliber:.380 Auto
     
  • Capacity:6+1 Rounds
     
  • Barrel Length:2.75″ / 7.0 cm
     
  • Frame Size:Frame Size: Compact
     
  • Action:Double Action Only (Hammer Fired)
     
  • Front Sight:Stainless Steel Drift Adjustable
     
  • Rear Sight:Stainless Steel Drift Adjustable
     
  • Grip:Polymer
     
  • Overall Length:5.25″ / 13.3 cm
     
  • Weight:12 oz / 340.2 g
     
  • Frame Material:Polymer
     
  • Barrel Material:Stainless Steel
     
  • Slide Material:Stainless Steel
     
  • Finish:Matte Black
     
  • Purpose:Personal Protection
    Professional / Duty “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five New Smith & Wesson Revolvers For 2014

 

 

 

 

” Earlier this week Smith & Wesson announced the Performance Center Model 929 Jerry Miculek edition revolver. They’re following it up with four more revolvers for hunting, self-defense and spending time at the range.

  The Model 929 is a full-size revolver with an eight-round cylinder, chambered for 9mm Parabellum and it uses moonclips. As the name implies, it was designed with help from champion shooter Jerry Miculek. The revolver has a very clear purpose, and that’s revolver competition shooting.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safety Alert For All Smith & Wesson Shield Pistols (VIDEO)

 

 

” Reports of distributors and dealers being told to halt sales of Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistols are flying all over the Internet, leading many to believe a recall is pending.

Fortunately, it appears the problem could be limited. Smith & Wesson has posted a “safety alert” regarding a specific malfunction of the concealed-carry pistols’ triggers.

That being said, the flaw could affect any M&P Shield manufactured prior to Aug. 19, 2013, so it may be present on essentially every Shield ever made currently on the market.

“We believe this condition is largely limited to recently manufactured M&P Shield pistols. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are asking all consumers of all M&P Shields manufactured before Aug. 19, 2013 to immediately inspect their pistols for this condition.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smith & Wesson Named To List Of 25 Most Patriotic Brands

 

 

 

” The survey of 4,500 consumers was conducted by a New York-based brand research firm, Brand Keys and published in the July 3 issue of USA Today.  The survey results indicated that the Smith & Wesson brand is one of the 25 most patriotic brands in America, a result the company credits to its 161-year commitment to consumers, law enforcement and military customers, as well as its tireless support of Second Amendment freedoms.  Founded in 1852, Smith & Wesson is the third-oldest brand on the list and the only firearms manufacturer to be named. The list also included a host of other industry-leading brands and top market performers across multiple product categories.”

 

 

Here’s the Top 25 list:

1. Jeep (98%)

2. Hershey’s (tie, 97%)

3. Coca-Cola (tie, 97%)

4. Levi Strauss (tie, 95%)

5. Walt Disney (tie, 95%)

6. Colgate (94%)

7. Zippo (93%)

8. Wrigley’s (92%)

9. Ralph Lauren (91%)

10. Kodak (tie, 90%)

11. Gillette (tie, 90%)

12. New Balance (tie, 89%)

13. Harley-Davidson (tie, 89%)

14. Budweiser (tie, 88%)

15. Marlboro (88%)

16. Ford (86%)

17. Louisville Slugger (tie, 85%)

18. Smith & Wesson (tie, 85%)

19. General Electric (84%)

20. John Deere (tie, 82%)

21. L.L. Bean (tie, 82%)

22. Walmart (81%)

23. Craftsman Tools (tie, 80%)

24. Wilson Sporting Goods (tie, 80%)

25. Wrangler apparel (tie, 80%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smith & Wesson Hits Record Sales

 

 

” Smith & Wesson finished its fiscal year with colossal profits as the demand for new firearms surges nationwide.

The storied firearms company released a yearly financial report Tuesday showing astronomical sales figures and a favorable future outlook.

Net sales for the recent fourth quarter were almost $180 million, an increase of over 37% from the same quarter last year.

For the full fiscal year, net sales reached over $587 million, an increase of over 42% compared to the previous year.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NRAWomen.tv | Aysha Webb: New Energy

Published on May 29, 2013

NRA Women presented by Smith & Wesson
New Energy sponsored by Remington

” Aysha Webb is a singer, songwriter and firearm instructor. Aysha is passionate about teaching first-time female shooters and advocating for a woman’s right to defend herself with whatever firearm she chooses.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

NRA Releases “New Energy” With Women’s Channel: Simply Divine Or Downright Dangerous? (VIDEO)

 

 

Armed Woman of the Week

 

” Last week The National Rifle Association, along with Smith & Wesson, launched a new women’s Internet channel in an effort to highlight and cater to the growing movement of women in the gun community.

The NRA announced on their Facebook page, “We are proud and excited to announce the new and improved NRA Women presented by Smith & Wesson Corp. Our mission is to expose the public to the female face of the NRA. Look for profiles featuring women in the shooting sports who are making their voices known coming soon!”

The channel features a variety of topic areas: ‘Armed and Fabulous’ is a collection of profiles of women and one teenage girl, who have already made a presence for themselves in the gun community while ‘New Energy’ looks at the fresh faces among the ranks of NRA women. The ‘Range Ready’ section offers a variety of tips and tactics in the categories of shooting, safety, hunting and competition. ‘Lifestyle’ sections centerpiece is ‘The Girl’s Guide to Guns with Natalie Foster’ along with recipes for wild game, and ‘Girls and Guns Night Out’ showcasing local leagues. The Women’s Leadership Forum introduces women of influence that defend Second Amendment freedoms and help secure the future of the NRA through philanthropic leadership. ‘Refuse to Be a Victim’ is dedicated to all the brave women who have defended themselves with a firearm and those who refuse to be a victim, featuring an armed woman of the week and resources for self-defense training.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smith & Wesson Shot Show M&P10

” Danielle from Smith and Wesson shows us their gorgeous new .308 M&P10 line for both hunting models as well as the LEO version. Thompson Center has a hand in this as well as other predecessor successes. For more reviews like this go check out http://www.fourguysguns.com

Lawmakers’ Gun-Control Aim Driving Smith & Wesson

 

 

 

” With lawmakers in Washington aiming for new restrictions on gun sales, shares of Smith & Wesson (SWHC) and Sturm Ruger (RGR) have surged.

Sturm Ruger last week reported a 52% bump in quarterly sales on those worries. Smith & Wesson shows its hand Tuesday afternoon.”

 

 

Smith & Wesson 625JM: ‘A Jewel Of A Revolver’

 

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” The quality of the Smith & Wesson 625JM is outstanding. It shows the years Smith & Wesson has had to perfect revolver making. It’s built on Smith & Wesson’s “N” frame, a large frame design that adds durability and longevity.  The revolver weighs in at 40 ounces unloaded, has an overall length of 9.38 inches, and a 0.08mm feeler gauge barely fits between the cylinder and the forcing cone.

The stainless steel has a nice silky satin bead blasted finish. On the barrel it sports a gold bead front sight. And it has Jerry’s “Bang” grips, his initials and a lightning bolt on the side of both the frame and grips.”

 

Chicago Mayor’s Plan Backfires, Mutual Funds Invest In Gun Companies Anyway

 

 

” A few weeks ago Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wrote letters to several mutual funds asking them to pressure gun companies into embracing newly proposed gun laws, and as it turns out the political pressure hasn’t persuaded the investors to alter their portfolios.

A handful of the mutual funds contacted by Emanuel — Allianz, BlackRock, Vanguard, and Capital World Investments — submitted those forms and reported last week that they would retain ownership of Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger and Company.

According to the documents filed:

Allianz reportedly owns 7.1 percent of Ruger Capital

World Investments owns 6.5 percent of Ruger

Vanguard reportedly owns 7.14 percent of Ruger, and 7.46 percent of Smith & Wesson

BlackRock reportedly owns 7.5 percent of Ruger, and 5.31 percent of Smith & Wesson”

 

 

 

Get ’em While You Can

 

 

 

 ” Gun sales are soaring in the wake of President Barack Obama’s reelection. Evidence for the beginning of what could be a second Obama gun boom are both anecdotally and empirically visible. 

To start with the anecdotal evidence, there’s no shortage of dealers and gun shop owners reporting a spike in sales.    

“We’re going from normally six to eight guns a day to 25,” Mel Bernstein, owner of Dragonman Arms in Colorado Springs, Colorado, told KOAA-TV.  “I stocked up, I got a stockpile of these AK-47s, we’re selling these like hot cakes. Luckily I had an idea of what was going on because it happened with Clinton.”

Bernstein is referring to the rise in gun sales before the passage of the Clinton-era Assault Weapons Ban, which placed restrictions on firearms with the following features: folding or telescoping stocks, magazine capacity, pistol grips, bayonet mounts, flash suppressors, among others. The ban, as most of us recall, expired in 2004.  

“Sales are up,” John Kielbasa, owner of Fernwood Firearms in Hankins, New York, told CNN.  “I had a guy waiting here first thing in the morning [after the election]. He came in, bought two AK-47s. It’s going to be good for me for business.”

What’s happening on the ground, so to speak, is also being reflected in the stock market.  Stock prices for the two publicly traded firearms manufacturers, Smith & Wesson and Ruger, continue to show strong returns, easily surpassing the return on the S&P 500 index, as seen courtesy of the Forbes chart below: ” 

 

 

 

Chart of stock prices for Ruger and Smith & Wesson. Dated Nov. 8, 2012.

… With A Focus On Red Dot-Ready Handguns 

Alloy Model SW1911 Performance Center

 ” Smith & Wesson is introducing seven new handguns in .22 Long Rifle, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP, and they’re all gonna be popular. The pistols include four M&Ps, two SW1911s and a new competition-ready Model 41.

The M&Ps will make the biggest waves, as they represent a serious change in the world of handguns. Called CORE—Competition Optics Ready Equipment—designed to accept popular red dot sights from the factory. While there are a small number of handguns that are out-of-the-box ready to accept optics, like the FNX-45 Tactical, they’re uncommon and often command a serious price premium.”

He’s Good For One Private Sector Business

 

   “Gun maker stocks surged on early Wednesday morning as President Barack Obama’s re-election has stoked fears of tighter gun control measures in his second term.

Shares of the top two U.S. gun manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger exploded early Wednesday morning, reports Investor’s Business Daily.

“The re-election of President Obama should drive political firearm sales,” said Benchmark & Co analyst Mike Greene.”

… Gun Sales Up Overall, Election’s Next Week

 

 

 ” Ruger released its third quarter earnings report last night and surprise, surprise, overall sales are up for the country’s number one-ranked gun company.

Ruger’s positive earnings report continues to support the argument that gun sales are up as indicated by the release of the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) data earlier this month, which showed a 14.7 percent increase from the previous month. The NICS data simply provides the number of background checks performed, so it is merely a way to estimate sales.

For the first nine months ending Sept. 29, Ruger’s net sales were $350.1 million, which is a $114.5 million increase from 2011. 

Part of Ruger’s success is due to its new products for 2012. These products — the Ruger American RifleSR22 pistol,10/22 Takedown rifle22/45 Lite pistol and Single-Nine revolver — made up 38 percent of sales so far in 2012. That equates to around $130.3 million.

At the beginning of September Smith & Wesson reported a solid fiscal first quarter, which began in July, with a $44.3 million increase in sales from 2011.”

 

SMITH & WESSON MODEL 29

 

 

Some Surprising Members 

  ” Most of the top 25 U.S. firearm manufacturers, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation‘s “Industry Intelligence Reports” for 2012, are what you expect. Ruger and Smith & Wesson, the only two publicly traded firearm companies, produced the most firearms in 2010 and then the likes of Remington, Savage, Beretta, SIG, etc follow closely behind. “

  ” There are five companies, however, that seem to stand out among the rest. Five that, for lack of a better word, seem obscure. And as to why they produce such a high volume of guns is anyone’s guess. One can deduce that they’re part of a larger company, cornered a niche market or just simply sell a product at a lower price than its competition. But we don’t know any of that for sure because private companies don’t have to report information like that. But with the information that is public and available like trends, sales catalogs and the data compiled by the ATF, FBI and NSSF, we can make some educated guesses. “

 

   It’s obvious that the people are paying attention and they realize that there is trouble coming our way and the “authorities” cannot be counted upon to make things right .

 

 “The gun business is booming. The question is, why?

 

Smith & Wesson stock was zooming Friday, thanks to a stellar earnings report. The firearms maker also boosted its outlook for the rest of the year. Because of the strong business, its backlog of orders more than doubled from the same quarter last year, the company is concentrating on boosting production and building inventory.

 

 “We are underserving the market at this moment, we all know that, and that’s a great opportunity going forward for us,” CEO James Debney said in a conference call with analysts.”