Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Selects Smith & Wesson® M&P® Pistols

 Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Selects Smith & Wesson® M&P® Pistols

Department Awards Five-Year Contract to Smith & Wesson for M&P9 Pistols

PR Newswire

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 26, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 26, 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 Los
Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) for new service firearms from the
Company's M&P Pistol Series. As part of a five-year contract, the LASD will
purchase Smith & Wesson M&P9 pistols which will replace currently issued
non-Smith & Wesson firearms. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
fields approximately 13,000 sworn and non-sworn personnel who are issued duty
handguns.

Serving as the second largest local policing agency in the United States and
the world's largest sheriff's department, the LASD currently lists over 18,000
active duty employees. Composed of over 9,000 sworn deputies and 8,000
professional staff members, the LASD provides general service law enforcement
to 43 municipalities that encompass more than 3,000,000 citizens. Formed in
1850, the LASD has a prestigious track record of aligning itself with superior
products and companies to better assist and protect California residents.

James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, "The decision by the
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department represents a significant milestone in
the history of the Smith & Wesson M&P Pistol Series. The LASD has long been
characterized by its high performance standards and comprehensive testing
procedures for duty equipment. We view the department's selection of the Smith
& Wesson M&P9 as an endorsement of the winning attributes of the pistol as
well as the professional services that support it."

Widely known throughout the law enforcement community for its objective
testing procedures and high standards, the LASD procured samples of the Smith
& Wesson M&P pistol for testing and evaluation. After rigorous testing against
a wide range of competitive products, the M&P pistol delivered superior
results in the areas of quality and reliability. The M&P pistol was noted for
its high-grade professional features and ability to accommodate individual
officer preferences. The LASD will begin issuing the M&P9 pistol chambered in
9mm upon the completion of the department's transitional requirements.

"It is thegoal of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department toprovide
ourpersonnel with the highest quality law enforcement equipment available.
The partnership between Smith & Wesson and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's
Department has provided a duty handgun with modern attributes and capabilities
critical to enhancing the safety of our sworn personnel and the communities we
serve," said Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca.

In addition to supplying the department with new duty side arms, Smith &
Wesson will support the agency with a variety of services including armorer
classes and transitional training. The M&P9 pistols supplied to the LASD
include standard features such as customizable grip inserts, ambidextrous
operating features and the ability to disassemble the firearm without pulling
the trigger.

Debney concluded, "The ability of our M&P Pistol to meet the high standards of
the LASD and many other law enforcement agencies is a direct result of the
commitment to quality and performance that is shared by all of us at Smith &
Wesson. We are proud and honored to support the men and women of the Los
Angeles County Sheriff's Department who dedicate themselves to the tireless
support and protection of their communities."

For more information on the robust line of M&P Pistols, please visit
www.smith-wesson.com.

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.

Elizabeth Sharp
413-747-3304
lsharp@smith-wesson.com

SOURCE Smith & Wesson

Website: http://www.smith-wesson.com
 
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