Ex­pand­ing the Base

Modern Pioneer - - Smith & Wesson -

Most peo­ple to­day nat­u­rally re­late the name “Smith & Wes­son” with the hand­guns the com­pany pro­duces, but in years past, it has built a few ri­fles and shot­guns, and to­day, it even pro­duces a se­ries of Ar-style ri­fles.

In 2007, how­ever, the com­pany sub­stan­tially ex­panded its op­er­a­tion by pur­chas­ing Thomp­son/cen­ter Arms, Inc. for a re­ported $102 mil­lion. The two op­er­a­tions be­came in­ter­wo­ven through­out S&W’S Spring­field fa­cil­ity. Not only did this pur­chase ex­pand its firearms-pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties to in­clude mod­ern, smoke­less-pow­der ri­fles and a few black-pow­der weapons, it en­abled the com­pany to man­u­fac­ture its own ri­fle and pis­tol bar­rels in-house. Bar­rel mak­ing is a com­plex process that re­quires great ex­per­tise. For ex­am­ple, a sin­gle hand­gun bar­rel that’s only a cou­ple of inches long in­volves 72 in­di­vid­ual ma­chin­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­ce­dures. Clearly, the abil­ity to do this all in-house gives S&W an ad­van­tage.

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