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March 18, 2009

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Smith & Wesson Manufactures Six Millionth Pair of Handcuffs


Company Continues to Innovate with Introduction of M&P Lever Lock and Colored Cuffs

HOULTON, Maine (March 18, 2009) – Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary 157-year old firearms maker, announced that after 30 years of manufacturing high quality handcuff restraints at its facility in Houlton, Maine, the company recently produced its six millionth pair of handcuffs. Used in service around the globe by law enforcement agencies, security divisions, and military organizations, Smith & Wesson handcuffs are the most widely produced and supplied restraints currently available.
 
Manufactured with many of the same engineering techniques and materials that are found in the company’s renowned firearms, Smith & Wesson handcuffs have long set the standard for durability and innovative features. Soon after Smith & Wesson produced its first pair of handcuffs in 1979 at the Houlton facility, the company quickly caught the attention of police departments across the nation. Today, Smith & Wesson produces over 44 different types of restraints, covering a broad spectrum of handcuffs, restraint chains and leg irons.
 
“This is a significant benchmark for us,” said Tom Kelly, Vice President of Marketing for Smith & Wesson. “The staff at our Houlton, Maine, facility takes great pride in making high quality, reliable products that meet the demands of today’s professional law enforcement and security officers. We plan to capitalize on our leadership position by continuing to produce new and innovative models that meet the needs of these professionals.”
 
Fabricated from the finest carbon or stainless steel material, Smith & Wesson handcuffs feature heat-treated internal locks and smooth ratchets for ease of cuffing.  All Smith & Wesson handcuffs are standard with a double locking system to prevent tampering and to provide an extra level of security.  Pin lock models feature a push-pin that provides extra security while also preventing further tightening of the handcuffs.  Each pair of Smith & Wesson handcuffs has been engineered to meet or surpass the requirements of the National Institute for Justice and all models can be customized to fit agency specifications.
 
In January, Smith & Wesson introduced a new addition to its handcuff line, the M&P Lever-Lock™.  Unique to the industry, the M&P Lever Lock Handcuff requires no key to activate the double-lock feature.  This innovation eliminates the need for officers to search for a key while securing the cuff. The M&P Lever Lock unlocks like other Smith & Wesson handcuffs by using the standard handcuff key. Smith & Wesson has also recently introduced M100 handcuffs in multiple colors, each featuring the patented Weather Shield™ finish. Adding an extra level of protection against moisture and corrosion, the advanced Weather Shield finish is commonly used on firearms from the Smith & Wesson and Thompson/Center Arms line.
 
“Since first opening its doors in 1966, our Houlton facility has grown from a staff of 18 to 150 employees,” said Terry Wade, Houlton Plant Manger. “Along with producing the company’s diverse line of restraints, the facility is also responsible for producing all Smith & Wesson semi-automatic rimfire pistols, the Walther PPK and PPK/S along with Smith & Wesson’s 3rd Generation and SW1911 Series pistols. Our recent milestone in handcuff production is due largely in part to the dedicated and talented team put in place here at Houlton.”

For more information on Smith & Wesson handcuffs, or to enroll in a Handcuff Training course at the Smith & Wesson Academy, visit www.smith-wesson.com or call Customer Service at 1-800-331-0852.

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