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Smith & Wesson Announces 20th Anniversary of IDPA Indoor National Championship

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (December 8, 2016) Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that registration for the 2017 Smith & Wesson IDPA Winter Nationals will open on December 11, 2016. Long considered to be the season opener for the IDPA competition season, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship is even more meaningful this year since the match will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this premier event.

IDPA Executive Director, Joyce Wilson, said, “Smith & Wesson and the IDPA have been great partners for two decades. We are proud that the work we do results in one of the most anticipated matches on the calendar. We expect the match will sell out in just a few hours. It’s great to be a part of an event that generates that kind of excitement.”

Director of Sales and Marketing Operations, Shaun Phelan, said, “Smith & Wesson has been a proud supporter of IDPA since the beginning. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our twenty years together than to highlight the collaboration that goes into IDPA clubs and matches. So, for the first time, we have invited clubs to design and build all the match stages. We want to use this opportunity to expand our partnership with all of the regional IDPA clubs. Smith & Wesson will be recognizing design teams with a number of new awards at the staff banquet.”

As in years past, the match will give returning competitors priority registration. Registration information can be accessed on the IDPA website by searching for major matches or directly at: http://www.idpa.com/compete/competitiondetails/26654. Registration will open on December 11th at 6pm. Please call Emily Rochefort at 1-844-772-5159 or email erochefort@smith-wesson.com for more information about volunteer or sponsorship opportunities.

About IDPA
The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is the international governing body for the sport of Defensive Shooting. With 350 affiliated clubs and over 23,000 members, IDPA is the largest competitive pistol organization in the U.S. providing competitive shooting opportunities for shooters of all ages and skill levels. For more information on the International Defensive Pistol Association, visit www.idpa.com/ or contact the IDPA at (870) 545-3886.

About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a provider of quality products for shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiasts in the global consumer and professional markets. The company reports two segments: Firearms and Outdoor Products & Accessories. Firearms manufactures handgun and long gun products sold under the Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Thompson/Center Arms™ brands as well as providing forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services. Outdoor Products & Accessories provides shooting, hunting, and outdoor accessories, including reloading, gunsmithing, and gun cleaning supplies, tree saws, vault accessories, knives, laser sighting systems, and tactical lighting products. Brands in Outdoor Products & Accessories include Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, Thompson/Center Arms™, Crimson Trace®, Caldwell® Shooting Supplies, Wheeler® Engineering, Tipton® Gun Cleaning Supplies, Frankford Arsenal® Reloading Tools, Lockdown® Vault Accessories, Hooyman® Premium Tree Saws, BOG POD®, and Golden Rod® Moisture Control as well as knives and specialty tools under Schrade®, Old Timer®, Uncle Henry®, and Imperial™. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.

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