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Introduction 2-3

Model 500 4-5

Model 329PD & Model 4040PD 8

Model SW1911 9

Revolver Intro 11

Rimfire Revolvers 12

AirLite Ti Revolvers 13

AirLite Sc Revolvers 14

Airweight Revolvers 15

Small Frame Revolvers 16

LadySmith Handguns 17

Medium Frame Revolvers 18-19

Large Frame Revolvers 20

Pistol Intro 21

Rimfire Pistols 22

Chiefs Special Pistols 23

TSW - Tactical Series Pistols 24-25

Value Line Series Pistols 26

Sigma Series Pistols 27

Performance Center Handguns 28-29

Performance Center Gunsmithing Services . .30-31

Performance Optics - Scopes 32-33

Performance Optics - Binoculars 34

Performance Optics - Spotting Scopes 35

Handgun Accessories 36-37

Laser Engraving 38

Apparel, Accessories, Collectibles 39

VersaVault® 40

Custom Engraving 41

S&W Academy, Shooting Sports Center 42

Handcuffs 43

Smith & Wesson reserves the right to make changes in design, materials, specifications and services or to make product changes as deemed necessary without prior notice.

Smith & Wesson 2003

Smith & Wesson begins its second 150 years of leadership in American handgun manufacturing with a continuing commitment to cutting-edge technical innovation and design, as well as to tradition.

Smith & Wesson began with an innovation. Before Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson founded their partnership there were no cartridge revolvers. The S&W Model 1, introduced in 1857, was the first. Moreover, the first American commercial, self-contained metallic cartridge was the "Smith & Wesson No. 1," invented for the Model 1 revolver and today known as the .22 Short, now in continuous production for 145 years. All revolvers since, and all American cartridge ammunition, follow from that moment.

The list of innovative Smith & Wesson "firsts" that followed the Model 1 has continued uninterrupted ever since, and reads as a history of the American handgun.

The top-break .44-caliber S&W Model 3, introduced in 1870, was the first American big-bore revolver specifically manufactured for metallic cartridges. The .32/44 and .38/44 chambering versions of the Model 3 Target, introduced in 1887 at the behest of professional competition shooter Ira Paine, were the first revolvers to ever feature adjustable sights.

The "Safety Hammerless" Smith & Wesson guns produced from 1886 until 1940 were the first revolvers to have hammers completely enclosed within the frame, and are the original examples of what is today called "Double Action-Only" operation.

The very word "Magnum®" was first applied to handguns with the original Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum in 1935, then the .44 Magnum in 1955, the .41 Magnum in

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1961, and in 2003, the 500 S&W Magnum. The entire modern concept of the handgun as a long-range shooting tool—for hunting, competition, or plain recreation—stems directly from these revolvers, which made all modern handguns, regardless of manufacturer and regardless of type, into tools of power and respect.

The Model 39 9mm autoloader, introduced in 1954, was the first Double Action pistol ever manufactured in America, and it became the first 9mm Double Action pistol to be used by any state agency when it was adopted as the official duty sidearm of the Illinois State Police in 1968. The Model 59 9mm autoloader, introduced in 1971, was the first high-capacity, double-stack pistol manufactured in America.

Smith & Wesson is an innovator in materials, as well as design. In 1952 came the first aluminum-frame Airweight® .38 Chiefs Special®. The world's first all-stainless-steel firearm, the S&W Model 60 .38 Chiefs Special, was introduced in 1965. More recently, the 1999 introduction of the Smith & Wesson AirLite Ti™ series of aluminum-frame, titanium-cylinder small-frame and medium frame .38 Special and .44 Special revolvers, and the addition in 2000 of the .357 Magnum AirLite Sc™ line, has resulted in the lightest weight, easiest-to-carry, full-size, full-power revolvers in the world—with additional models forthcoming.

With the passage of time, innovation itself becomes tradition. The unseen part of the Smith & Wesson story is what goes on behind the catalog pages, out on the floor of the manufacturing and assembly facility, and in the Smith & Wesson research and development areas. While Smith & Wesson customers can see and recognize the final results in the products they use, they do not witness the level of commitment and loyalty to excellence that motivates all Smith & Wesson employees, nor are they aware of the nonstop upgrades in production equipment that keeps Smith & Wesson continuously current with the world's most advanced manufacturing capabilities. They may not realize that much of the machinery that produced Smith & Wesson handguns barely a dozen years ago has been replaced with state of the art CNC machining centers.

Today, Smith & Wesson is American-owned, and America-located and more than ever, its products represent the cutting edge of design and manufacturing technology.

For 2003—the Smith & Wesson commitment to the American handgun tradition is exemplified by the introduction of the Model SW1911, a true classic-specification Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol, offered with state-of-the-art accessory features and refinements, including match-accurate barrels produced by the company's brand-new pistol barrel-production CNC technology.

For 2003—the Smith & Wesson commitment to continuing innovation is exemplified by the introduction of the Model 500 revolver, chambered for the new 500 S&W Magnum® cartridge. Developing more than a ton of bullet energy at the muzzle, this revolver would have been impossible to manufacture without the technical advances in metallurgy and production-line precision of the past decade.

From the world's biggest, most powerful magnum revolver, to the most lightweight— From the most modern polymer-component DAO pistols, to the classic American 1911— For 2003—Smith & Wesson remains the leader in American handguns.

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  • bucca
    What is the trigger weight on a Smith & Wesson model 617?
    6 years ago
    How much powder goes into a smith & wesson 500 cartridge?
    6 years ago
  • LEA
    How many changes to smith and wesson model 60 since its introduction?
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