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Smith & Wesson Corp. Promotes Nichols to Chief Operating Officer
Newly Created Position Supports Growing Business and Global Strategy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Wesson
Holding Corporation (Amex: SWB), parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp., the
legendary 154-year-old global provider of products and services for safety,
security, protection and sport, today announced the promotion of Leland
Nichols to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer of Smith &
Wesson Corp.
In his new role, Nichols continues to report to Smith & Wesson President
and Chief Executive Officer, Michael F. Golden and will oversee all operations
of Smith & Wesson Corp. Nichols was previously Vice President of Sales.
"During the past fourteen months, Leland has worked closely with me in
running the day-to-day operations of the Company," said Golden. "He has
played a significant role in helping the company achieve success, and his
contributions on the senior management team, along with his leadership in the
development and execution of our new sales and marketing strategy, have helped
us diversify our company while delivering growth and profitability. Leland's
new role as COO will allow us to continue to focus on delivering results in
our core business, while we expand our presence as a global provider of
products and services for safety, security, protection and sport."
Before joining Smith & Wesson Corp. in January 2005, Nichols most recently
served as Executive Vice President for a division of Kohler Company in
Wisconsin. Prior to that, he held significant management positions at The
Stanley Works, including President of the Hardware Division. Prior to The
Stanley Works, Mr. Nichols held several senior management roles throughout a
14-year career at Black & Decker Corporation including Vice President and
General Manager of Northern Asia. His experience includes sales, marketing,
product management and general management, both in the United States and Asia.
While at Black and Decker, Mr. Nichols was very involved in the successful
launch of the DeWalt brand of professional power tools.
Mr. Nichols received his BA in Economics from the University of Georgia.
 
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