The Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation announced today its intention to hold a special stockholders meeting on Dec. 13, 2016, to seek approval for a name change to the American Outdoor Brands Corporation.
This decision drew an outcry from many who believed the company was seeking to change the name of the historic Smith & Wesson brand, which has existed since 1852. According to the company, nothing could be farther from the truth.
“Yesterday, Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., which was formed in 2002, announced that it will be changing its name to American Outdoor Brands," said Shaun Phelan, director of sales & marketing for Smith & Wesson Firearms. "We want to make sure that our fans understand that Smith & Wesson Corp., the iconic and treasured firearms company with legendary roots back to 1852 will not change its name. Smith & Wesson Corp. (the company) and its firearms will remain exactly as they are today. Smith & Wesson is one of the greatest American brands of all time, and we wholly intend that it will remain so.”
The Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation consists of the following companies: Smith & Wesson Firearms, 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, Golden Rod Moisture Control, Schrade, Old Timer, Uncle Henry and Imperial.