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Old 11-15-2019, 08:43 AM   #1
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Smith & Wesson To Become Separate Company Again

So S&W, which became a part of the parent company American Outdoor Brands a while back, is about to become it's own company again. Apparently they're bowing to "political correctness" by fleeing the gun business. The CNN article claims that AOBC gets 75% of it's revenue from firearms sales. I wonder if the real statistic should be 75% of revenue from firearms RELATED sales. (They also own companies like Crimson Trace and Gemtech, which they will retain.) Lots of real BS in the CNN article, like "some consumers have boycotted Smith & Wesson products, denting sales." I can guarantee that if anyone says they're boycotting S&W because their gun was used in the Parkland shooting, they were never going to buy a gun anyway. If any actual shooters are boycotting S&W, it's going to be because of the OTHER end of the politics, I.E. S&W putting useless locks on all their revolvers. I owned a little bit of S&W stock before they were part of AOBC. Might buy in again after they start trading as SWC (or whatever it's going to be this time)


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Old 11-15-2019, 11:08 AM   #2
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Interesting. I remember the boycott when they came to some agreement with the Clinton Administration. Can't remember the details but it almost put them into bankruptcy. I have no qualms about buying a S&W, in fact I did buy and carry a 642 some years ago and then traded it when I went to the dark side and got the Sig P938 for most CC. I ordered the 642 without the lock as NH has no lock requirement. Come to think of it it may be the locks that were the issue in the 90's.

Firearms sales have slowed some under Trump as gun owners or potential owners aren't worried that tomorrow they won't be able to buy what they want. If some loonie gets elected in 2020 I would expect sales to jump again.
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Interesting. I remember the boycott when they came to some agreement with the Clinton Administration.
I didn't even know about that. Looking it up on the internet it looks bad. That's kind of in between when I was really into guns when I was younger, and more recently starting about 10 years ago. So the CNN story wasn't as much BS as I thought.
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I agree Terry. The S&W boycott was due to the Lock issue created during the Clinton years! It took a long time to overcome that. This new lawsuit in going forward because of deceptive advertising based on some State law and not that their gun (A Bushmaster) was used to kill. At least that is what I read when SCOTUS refused to block the trial.
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I think AOBC is afraid of the impact of those impending lawsuits, both in money and image. They've left S&W on their own, sink or swim.

Only S&W I've ever owned was a nickel Model 39 way back around 1980. It's also the only nine I've ever owned. The later compact stainless version, I think 3916 (?) might have been even better than Ruger's stainless P-89.

Only S&W I'd have the slightest interest in now would be the stainless 2213 .22 pocket pistol. I'd likely have one if they were in production. The earlier 61 Escort might be good if it had better parts availability and service.

For me, S&W revolver lockwork is antiquated, and I missed the boat on the best pistols they made.

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