The War Years and S&W

Modern Pioneer - - Smith & Wesson -

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.

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