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Smith & Wesson® Withdraws from Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show®

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (January 22, 2013) --- Smith & Wesson, a U.S. based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, today announced that the Company will not attend nor will it support or participate in the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The announcement comes after the decision of show management company, Reed Exhibitions, to prohibit the display of modern sporting rifles in this year’s event.

James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, “As a market leader in the firearm industry and an iconic brand that spans 160 years of American history, we believe it is important to make our position perfectly clear: We support the Second Amendment and the rights of our law-abiding customers to purchase these and all legal firearms. Therefore, we are unable to support any organization or event that prohibits legal firearms, or otherwise restricts a citizen's lawful and constitutional rights.”

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™. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to Smith & Wesson.
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I completely support S&W in this move. Good for them for standing up for the Second Amendment and Gun Owners. We need more companies to stand up and let the public know where they stand.

Great job S&W!
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Good to see there standing up for our rights.
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Great! I'm going to send S&W an e-mail thanking them.
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So many of us can remember when they didn't......good to see that move, of course they are owned by entirely different folks.

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Cabelas pulled the plug too. The company that runs that show is owned by a British company. I guess those are the same Brits that are used to raising the white flag when ever the anti gunner press puts pressure on them. What the heck is a foreign company doing running a gun show anyway? I guess that's out the question in their own country. Might as well turn your guns in now ol' chap and save yourself some time just like you did over there.
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This is really S&W putting their money where their mouth is. Last week at the SHOT Show they release a bunch of new handguns, M&Ps and the like which if they had chosen to, would have made a wonderful display minus their M&P15 collection. They choose to forgo that marketing opportunity in order to stand up for what is right.

Again I say - Way to go S&W!
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I read at another site (not gun site) but cannot confirm it that over 150 vendors have pulled out of that show!
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This is the only email address that I could see that may be applicable, so I sent along my thanks.

qa@smith-wesson.com

Does anyone know if there is someone specific in the company we should address our thanks to?
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I read at another site (not gun site) but cannot confirm it that over 150 vendors have pulled out of that show!

It would make a great statement if it had to be cancelled for lack of exhibitors, all withdrawing for the same reason.

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I just found this link it makes interesting reading.

ESOS Boycott Supporters | My Northeast Outdoors
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Just as a note.... it is REED that organizes the S.H.O.T. Show that just ended

What hypocrisy on REEDS part

Way to go Smith and Wesson!!
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Hoo-Ah! S&W! It's about time we stood our ground.
These liberal politically correct idiots would destroy that which allows them to be liberal. They have no concept of Liberty, or the cost there-of.
Don't just hold your ground, My Brothers. Stand and Fight, lest we loose the Nation!
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Email for investor relations : lsharp@smith-wesson.com
Might get more attention there than a general email box.

I'm in Northern Virginia and we've decided not to attend this year.
Besides, we have a gun show in Feb & Mar so I need to save some cash!
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I completely support S&W in this move. Good for them for standing up for the Second Amendment and Gun Owners. We need more companies to stand up and let the public know where they stand.

Great job S&W!
I support them also.

Thank you S&W!
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Is anyone else thinking next years S.H.O.T. Show may be severely impacted by Reeds ill-conceived decision to ban the display of modern sporting rifles at the E.S.O.S.?

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I read that Ruger has also pulled out and though i don't own any Rugers I will drop them a line and thank them for their support.
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Way to go Smith&Wesson !
Same to Ruger !
I own one of each and will support them with my money. I see a new gun in my future.
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Cabelas pulled the plug too. The company that runs that show is owned by a British company. I guess those are the same Brits that are used to raising the white flag when ever the anti gunner press puts pressure on them. What the heck is a foreign company doing running a gun show anyway? I guess that's out the question in their own country. Might as well turn your guns in now ol' chap and save yourself some time just like you did over there.
Lots of vendors big and small are pulling out from the Harrisburg show , which is held at the state-owned Farm Show Complex.

Good for them.

I never go because even though it's a publicly owned venue , they charge $8 for parking!
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We can learn from this too, I've seen threads lately that promote giving in "just a little" to "common sense bla' bla' bla'..."

To hell with that.

Pick a side, there's only two.

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As things progress gun buyers may want to pressure manufacturers to move out of states that have repressive gun laws. Remington in New York state comes to mind. Why should states that have these restrictions on law abiding citizens reap economic benefit from the products they seek to ban?
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I am so proud of S&W, way to go!!!!!
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I saw that Ten Point Cross Bows has also pulled out of the Pa. show. Good deed for all that have!
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Way to stand tall, Smith & Wesson!
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I read at another site (not gun site) but cannot confirm it that over 150 vendors have pulled out of that show!
As of 5:30pm this afternoon (2/22), the count is at 167.
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Outstanding. Way to go S&W. I know a few fellow shooters that are not attending. I haven't been there in years. Too many campers and boats for me.

I hope half the building is empty. Think Reed will catch on ??
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100% agree. Everyone I know is boycotting the event this year.
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Dear Smith and Wesson,

Thank you for listening and deciding not to support the ESOS.

You have really made a loyal customer happy and I personally will buy more of your new products because of this upstanding decision.

God Bless S&W and God Bless America. United we stand.

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P.S. If you really want to boost sales and make another statement please consider getting rid of that stupid Internal Lock.
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Yeah, I love you S&W!
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If all manufacturers stand together, the show will be forced to change its stand. Or close up.
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I'll reserve that for when they get their act together on the back ordered mags.
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Thanks to Smith and Wesson for supporting our 2nd Amendment rights
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Good for them. I live in New York and it's good to see the big guys standing up for what they believe in. We are all in for a fight.
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Good deal. We, as gun owners have done nothng wrong and I am tired of those that treat us like we have.
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Just as a note.... it is REED that organizes the S.H.O.T. Show that just ended

What hypocrisy on REEDS part

Way to go Smith and Wesson!!
The SHOT is put on by NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation).
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The attitude of S&W, Ruger and others can be contagious. These show promoters better make up their minds what side of the fence they are on.
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But they claim to still support 2A

Home - Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show

S&W pulled out. So.did Cabelas.and Bass Pro.

Cowards make bad allies.
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Way to go S&W! You make us proud.
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Cabelas pulled the plug too. The company that runs that show is owned by a British company. I guess those are the same Brits that are used to raising the white flag when ever the anti gunner press puts pressure on them. What the heck is a foreign company doing running a gun show anyway? I guess that's out the question in their own country. Might as well turn your guns in now ol' chap and save yourself some time just like you did over there.
Interesting you bring this up, because Jim Scoutten (from 'Shooting USA') had this little note in the comment thread of the S&W story on his facebook page:

Jim Scoutten: Let's clear up the S&W History: At the time of the attempted deal with Clinton, S&W was owned by a British company. After that disaster the Brits gave up and sold S&W to the current American owners. The hapless president at the time of the Clinton deal is long gone. Now Reed Exhibitions, putting on the Eastern Sports Show, is a British company. Do we have a pattern here?

If you want to see it for yourself, go to his facebook page and look for a post by him that says "This Just In: Smith & Wesson statement" and check the comments for his post.
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Email for investor relations : lsharp@smith-wesson.com
Might get more attention there than a general email box.

I'm in Northern Virginia and we've decided not to attend this year.
Besides, we have a gun show in Feb & Mar so I need to save some cash!
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Thank you for your correspondence. We appreciate your support.

Very cool. Someone read the email.
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Good. I completely support S&W on this.
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Got a response from Liz Sharp @ S&W Investor relations:
Thank you for your correspondence. We appreciate your support.

Very cool. Someone read the email.
Cool. You should send her a link to this thread.
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Just emailed S&W to thank them for supporting the 2nd.
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Guess I'll have to go and buy another S&W!! Like I need an excuse!
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The SHOT is put on by NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation).

True but they use REED as the organizer and promoter just as Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show® does.
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I read at another site (not gun site) but cannot confirm it that over 150 vendors have pulled out of that show!
Did STAG ARMS, COLT, AND MOSSBERG pull out? If not I will call all three tomorrow and ask if they will also.
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KCOG has a very good point. These gun companies in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and California need to move to the south or a least to gun friendly states. There may come a day when it will becomes too expensive to operate and or relocate from those states. Those bunch of losers don't mind taking our gun tax dollars to support their anti-gun agendas. Stop giving them our dollars. I realize you can't just up and move but a little planning and some slick negotiating with a gun friendly state could be quite beneficial.
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