The War Years and S&W
Like many other firearms manufacturers, when World War II broke out, S&W joined in the effort to defeat our enemies. To make sure that its manufacturing operation was adequately protected in the event of an enemy attack, much of the facility was developed underground. Doing so provided the needed security to ensure that even if the plant took a direct hit from a bombing raid, the resulting devastation would be restricted to only the upper floors of the plant, allowing production to continue underground.
To accomplish this, much of the plant remains below the surface of the ground, with those operations sectioned off with heavy, bombproof steel doors. Obviously, being a few feet below the surface wouldn’t provide a significant deterrent in today’s warfare, but it did during World War II. As we walked through the long underground concrete corridors leading into the work areas and through the heavy steel doors that now constantly remain open, I greatly appreciated the historic significance of that layout. It demonstrates the company’s sense of patriotism and devotion to our country, and that same devout loyalty seems to remain intact today.