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Smith & Wesson BODYGUARD First Edition Sets Available

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary 158-year old firearms maker, has started shipments of the new BODYGUARD 38 and BODYGUARD 380 First Edition firearm sets. The limited edition sets feature one BODYGUARD pistol and one BODYGUARD revolver with corresponding serial numbers and laser engraving.

The pistol and revolver are shipped with a wooden, glass topped, felt lined display case and commemorative coin. The glass is laser etched with the wording “Smith & Wesson BODYGUARD First Edition, One of 2,000.” Collectors and shooting sports enthusiasts will also have a chance to bid on the first BODYGUARD pistol (CBG 0001) and revolver (RBG 0001) set through a live auction on the Gunbroker.com website.

(http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=201339786)

Proceeds from the auction will be donated to USA Shooting to help support USA Shooting Team athletes and programs.

Engineered from the ground up as the ultimate personal protection firearms, the BODYGUARD 380 pistols and 38 revolvers offer consumers a reliable, lightweight, compact and concealable option for self defense purposes. Featuring an innovative design, integrated laser sights and a host of custom features, the BODYGUARDs helped reshape the criteria of concealed carry firearms.

“Since their introduction, the BODYGUARDs have provided consumers with a new standard when selecting a firearm for either personal protection or concealed carry applications,” said James Debney, President of Firearms Business for Smith & Wesson. “By offering enhanced features, quality components and an ergonomic design, consumers can now select the best option to match their personal protection needs. With the availability of the BODYGUARD First Edition sets, shooters everywhere can enjoy the ultimate self defense package while at the same time owning a piece of Smith & Wesson’s newest legacy.”

Both the BODYGUARD 380 pistol and 38 revolver are laser engraved with the wording “First Edition” across the firearm. On the semi-automatic pistol, the “First Edition” appears on the right side of the slide in white engraved lettering. On the revolver, the wording has been placed above the trigger guard on the left side of the frame. Each firearm will also be shipped with a soft carry case featuring the “First Edition” monogram. Only 2,000 of these sets will be available for purchase. Those interested in owning the First Edition set (CBG 0001 and RBG 0001), are encouraged to view the live auction being hosted at Gunbroker.com. Smith & Wesson will donate the proceeds of the auction to help support the USA Shooting Team as they prepare for the 2012 Olympics in London.

“USA Shooting is pleased to partner with Smith & Wesson on the First Edition BODYGUARD sets with the proceeds of serial #0001 benefiting our athletes and programs,” said Buddy DuVall, USA Shooting Team Foundation Executive Director. “This is a unique opportunity to obtain a highly collectible Smith & Wesson firearm set while at the same time supporting the athletes that represent the United States in International and Olympic shooting competitions.”

For more information on the BODYGUARD First Edition sets, please visit www.smith-wesson.com.

About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SWHC) is a U.S.-based, global provider of products and services for safety, security, protection and sport. The company designs and constructs facility perimeter security solutions for military and commercial applications, and delivers a broad portfolio of firearms and related training to the military, law enforcement and sports markets. SWHC companies include Smith & Wesson Corp., the globally recognized manufacturer of quality firearms; Universal Safety Response, a full-service perimeter security integrator, barrier manufacturer and installer; and Thompson/Center Arms Company, Inc., a premier designer and manufacturer of premium hunting firearms. SWHC facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Tennessee. For more information on Smith & Wesson and its companies, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com; www.usrgrab.com; or www.tcarms.com .

About USA Shooting:
USA Shooting, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, was chartered by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of shooting in April 1995. USA Shooting’s mission is to prepare American athletes to win Olympic medals, promote the shooting sports throughout the U.S. and govern the conduct of international shooting in the country. Check us out on the web at www.usashooting.org.

Contact:
Matt Rice, Blue Heron Communications (800) 654-3766 or matt@blueheroncomm.com

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