San Antonio Police Department Converts to Smith & Wesson® M&P® Pistols
Agency Selects M&P40 Pistols for Duty Use
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 1, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Smith & Wesson Holding
Corporation (NASDAQ: SWHC), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design,
today announced that it has been awarded a firearms contract from the San
Antonio Police Department for duty side arms from the company's M&P Pistol
Series. The San Antonio Police Department has selected the M&P40 as its new
service firearm and has begun to convert officers to the new handgun platform.
As one of the state's largest police forces with over 2,100 sworn officers,
San Antonio joins the ranks of agencies that have converted to the Smith &
Wesson M&P pistol. The full-department conversion calls for 2,600 M&P40
pistols chambered in .40 S&W to be delivered to the department. The recent
order represents Smith & Wesson's largest contract to date to an agency in the
state of Texas.
The M&P40 pistol was selected by the San Antonio Police Department after an
extensive testing and evaluation period, which included comparisons with
numerous firearms from various competitors. After thoroughly examining each
submission, the department chose the Smith & Wesson M&P pistol based on its
high level of quality and dependability. Throughout the assessment process,
the M&P pistol was commended for its professional-grade features and
performance during live-fire exercises.
James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, "We are honored that
our M&P pistols have been selected by the San Antonio Police Department. Our
nation's first responders are extremely important to us, and they have always
been so. These men and women work tirelessly and dedicate their lives to
helping keep our communities safe and we are proud to support them with
firearms designed to meet their high standards for performance and
In addition to supplying the department with new duty sidearms, Smith & Wesson
will support the agency with a variety of additional services including
armorers' classes and transitional training for officers. The M&P40 pistols
supplied to the San Antonio Police Department include standard features such
as customizable grip inserts, ambidextrous operating features and the ability
to disassemble the firearm without pulling the trigger.
"Smith & Wesson is proud to support the San Antonio Police Department and its
long-standing history of dedicated service to the citizens of Texas," said
Mike Brown, Vice President of U.S. Sales for Smith & Wesson. "From its
historic roots, which can be traced back to its foundation in the Texas
Rangers, to the department's highly decorated SWAT team, the San Antonio
Police Department has amassed a commendable legacy of active service. Smith &
Wesson is committed to providing the most reliable and dependable firearms to
law enforcement professionals. As an American owned and operated supplier of
law enforcement duty pistols, we look forward to a long and prosperous
relationship with the San Antonio Police Department.
For more information on the robust line of M&P Pistols, please visit
About Smith & Wesson
Smith & 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 consumer,
law enforcement, and military markets. The company's brands include Smith &
Wesson®, M&P® and Thompson/Center Arms(TM). Smith & Wesson facilities are
located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson,
call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.
Liz Sharp, VP Investor Relations
Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.
(480) 949-9700 x. 115
Industry Contact: Matt Rice
Blue Heron Communications
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