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Our History

Empowering Americans

Throughout our history, we’ve given gun owners the means to protect themselves and secure their families. This has empowered everyone across our great country to live the American lifestyle. We stand for you – we Empower Americans. Watch and share our story, above.

169 Years of American Stories

 

Since 1852 Smith & Wesson has empowered Americans with the freedom, equality, and security promised by the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. It is this sense of safety and security that frees us to pursue our goals and dreams, define our future, and fulfillthe promise of America.

1852
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Smith & Wesson History - 1852
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Нorace Smith & D.B. Wesson form a partnership to manufacture a firearm that can fire a fully self-contained cartridge.

1854
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Smith & Wesson History - 1854
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Smith & Wesson® introduces the .41 Magazine Pistol, “The Volcanic.” It is the first repeating American firearm capable of successfully using a fully self-contained cartridge.

1857
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Smith & Wesson History - 1857
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Smith & Wesson creates the Model 1. The first practical cartridge revolver. Its introduction heralded the end of percussion firearms.

1870
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Smith & Wesson History - 1870
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Smith & Wesson releases the Model 3. The first large-caliber, centerfire, cartridge revolver manufactured in the United States.

1877
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Smith & Wesson History - 1877
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The world gets its first double-action, concealed-hammer revolver.

1899
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Smith & Wesson History - 1899
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The .38 Military & Police is introduced alongside the .38 S&W Special cartridge. Now known as the Model 10, over six million units have been produced since 1899.

1913
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Smith & Wesson History - 1913
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Smith & Wesson produces its first automatic pistol, the .35 Automatic.

1935
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Smith & Wesson History - 1935
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Smith & Wesson introduces the .357 Magnum. The .357 Magnum quickly caught the interest of law enforcement agencies that were looking for a way to deal with more treacherous and better armed criminals.

1942
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Smith & Wesson History - 1942
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Victory M&P model released for the United States Women's Naval Reserve, better known as the WAVES (for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) stationed at Norfolk, VA Naval Base who carried important, confidential messages between various section units.

1950
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Smith & Wesson History - 1950
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The Model 36, Chief’s Special® makes its debut at the IACP conference in 1950.

1955
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Smith & Wesson History - 1955
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S&W unveils the Model 29 chambered in .44 Magnum - the handgun made famous by Clint Eastwood in the movie "Dirty Harry." In 2005, Field & Stream rated the Model 29 as the 5th best gun ever made, the only handgun to make their top ten.

1957
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Smith & Wesson History - 1957
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Targeted towards competitive shooters, the Model 41 was made available to the public.

1961
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Smith & Wesson History - 1961
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In response to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Training Unit, Smith & Wesson builds a pistol that could fire the newly developed .38 AMU cartridge. The Model 52 is introduced and becomes known as the most accurate target pistol of its day.

1965
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Smith & Wesson History - 1965
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Smith & Wesson introduces the first all stainless steel production firearm ever made. The Model 60, Stainless Steel Chief’s Special.

1990
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Smith & Wesson History - 1990
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In addition to the Model 4006, Smith & Wesson introduces the revolutionary .40 S&W cartridge.

2003
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Smith & Wesson History - 2003
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An entirely new frame size is developed to fire a new .500 S&W Magnum cartridge. The Model S&W500™ is the biggest, heaviest, most-powerful factory production, double-action revolver in the world.

2005
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Smith & Wesson History - 2005
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Smith & Wesson debuts the M&P® Pisto Series. A new line of polymer pistols championed by law enforcement officials. In the first year after their debut, over 100 departments purchased M&P pistols.

2006
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Smith & Wesson History - 2006
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The M&P15 is introduced at the 2006 SHOT Show to overwhelming enthusiasm.

2012
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Smith & Wesson History - 2012
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Smith & Wesson debuts a new slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol. The M&P Shield™

2017
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Smith & Wesson History - 2017
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The M&P M2.0™ family is the culmination of a decade of research and design featuring upgrades to nearly every aspect including trigger, grip, frame, and finish.

2018
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Smith & Wesson History - 2018
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Built for personal protection and every-day carry, the M&P380 Shield™ EZ™ is designed to be easy to use for both first-time shooters and experienced handgunners.  Developed to be  easy-to-load, easy-to-rack, easy-to-shoot, easy-to-pack, and easy-to-clean.

Our Founders

 

It was 1852 when Horace Smith and Daniel Baird Wesson made their dream of creating a repeating firearm, using a self-contained cartridge a reality and made history. Over the next 169 years Smith & Wesson perfected the American sidearm to become one of the world’s most respected brand of firearms.

 
 
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Smith & Wesson Founders

We are not defined by the products we make. It is the people who make them and the life stories of the empowered Americans who own them.

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