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Smith & Wesson Receives Pistol Order From California Highway Patrol

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 15 /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 that it has secured
an order from the California Highway Patrol for approximately 9,700 Smith &
Wesson Tactical (TSW) pistols. The Model 4006TSW is chambered for .40S&W
ammunition and features a durable design engineered to provide law
enforcement officers with reliable versatility.
The 4006TSW pistols will be shipped over an 18-month period beginning
in June 2006. The order will equip each officer of the California Highway
Patrol with a new 4006TSW, to replace early-model Smith & Wesson pistols
that have served as the primary duty firearm for the department for 16
years. The order will also provide inventory for future California Highway
Patrol officers.
The Model 4006TSW features a stainless steel frame and slide for
increased durability. The pistol is designed with a four-inch barrel and
has an overall length of 7-1/2 inches. With a checkered front strap and
ambidextrous spring- loaded de-cocking lever for both right and left-handed
shooters, the 4006TSW is well suited for any tactical application. The
pistol is outfitted with a Picatinny Style equipment rail for the addition
of lights and lasers and holds 11 rounds in the magazine plus one in the
chamber. The 4006TSW comes standard with a white dot front sight and a
Novak Lo Mount Carry fixed rear sight.
Tom Taylor, Smith & Wesson's Vice President of Marketing, said, "Smith
& Wesson is committed to offering military and police personnel a full
array of firearms to support their needs both on and off duty. Our current
portfolio contains a wide variety of firearms, each designed to fulfill a
specific need in the marketplace. Whether officers prefer the durability of
the 4006TSW, the lightweight M&P Pistol Series or our traditional Smith &
Wesson revolvers, we have a model to match each officer's personal
preference. We are honored to be working with the men and women of the
California Highway Patrol and are very pleased that they continue to use a
Smith & Wesson as their primary duty firearm."
About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson 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 http://www.smith-wesson.com.
Certain statements contained in this document may be deemed to be
forward- looking statements under federal securities laws, and Smith &
Wesson intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the
safe-harbor created thereby. Forward-looking statements include the
engineering, functionality, reliability, durability, features, capabilities
and performance of the 4006TSW pistols; and the Company's intent to offer
an array of firearms that supports the needs of military, law enforcement
and other markets. The Company cautions that these statements are qualified
by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially
from those reflected by the forward- looking statements contained herein.
Such factors include the acceptance of the 4006TSW pistols and other
firearms products by military and law enforcement personnel and other
customers; the performance, capabilities, and reliability of the 4006TSW
pistols and other firearms products in actual use; the Company's ability to
produce 4006TSW pistols and other firearms products in accordance with
their intended features and performance; as well as other risks as
identified from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including
Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and Annual
Reports on Form 10-K.
Liz Sharp, VP Investor Relations
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation
(413) 747-3304
[email protected]

Industry Contact: Gary Giudice
Blue Heron Communications
(800) 654-3766
[email protected]

SOURCE Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation
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