Smith & Wesson® Ships Millionth M&P® Shield™ Pistol
Company Continues to Expand Popular M&P Shield Product Line with New ModelsSPRINGFIELD, MA--- At a special ceremony at Smith & Wesson's headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts, company President and CEO, James Debney, celebrated the millionth Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistol and thanked employees for their contributions to its success.Originally introduced at the NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits in 2012, the M&P Shield instantly resonated with consumers due to its slim design and suitability for concealed carry. The pistol quickly became a fan favorite as the firearm of choice for personal protection. The first M&P Shield pistols were produced in 9mm and .40 S&W calibers and since that time, the company has continued to expand the popular family of products. Today, there are sixteen different M&P Shield pistols, including the recently introduced Performance Center® Ported M&P Shield.Debney, said, "From the engineering and marketing teams that first conceived the design for the M&P Shield, to the employees that produce and deliver it to our customers every day, thank you. Your dedication to innovation, quality and meeting our customers' desires has helped Smith & Wesson to maintain our leadership position in U.S. handgun manufacturing."Debney added, "On behalf of all of us at Smith & Wesson, I would like to extend our thanks to our customers who have selected the M&P Shield for their personal protection needs."The one millionth M&P Shield will be placed on display at the company's headquarters.For more information on the complete line of M&P Shield pistols, please visit www.smith-wesson.com.About Smith & WessonSmith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products, and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company's firearm division brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Thompson/Center Arms™. As an industry leading provider of shooting, reloading, gunsmithing and gun cleaning supplies, the company's accessories division produces innovative, top quality products under Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., including Caldwell® Shooting Supplies, Wheeler® Engineering, Tipton® Gun Cleaning Supplies, Frankford Arsenal® Reloading Tools, Lockdown® Vault Accessories, and Hooyman® Premium Tree Saws. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, and Missouri. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.