Posts Tagged ‘Smith & Wesson’

TacJobs – American Outdoor Brands – Product Engineer II – Springfield, MA

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Product Engineer II – Springfield, MA

Perform Engineering tasks either as the administrator of a small project requiring standardized course of action, or as the administrator of an assigned segment of a larger project. Projects consist of solving production design problems and developing new models, and meeting project deadlines as outlined by the Project Management Team. Requires strict compliance with all Company policies as defined by the Executive Management Team, as well as adherence to the Company’s Quality manual and ISO Policy, and conducting business with ethical business practices at all times.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

· Create solid works solid models, assembly models, and detail drawings.

· Perform finite element analyses and mechanism simulation, kinematic simulation, linear stress analysis, and transient thermal analysis.

· Be able to problem solve in a disciplined, organized manner, and document findings.

· Understand the needs of the team, and be able to work in a manner that facilitates teamwork.

· Work to define product requirements and improvements.

· Design novel mechanisms to suit requirements for new product offerings.

· Perform design layouts to validate design before creation of prototypes.

· Work with machine shop to create prototypes of new components.

· Lead testing exercises to validate new product designs and product improvements.

· Work with support staff to complete project activities (draftsman and technicians).

· Work within Product team to update business activity status.

· Provide a flexible resource to aid in the process engineering portion of product development.

NOTE: This list presents only the principal duties of the position and is not intended to be comprehensive. The duties and responsibilities listed above may be changed or supplemented at any time in accordance with business needs and conditions.

Education and Experience:

Experience, Competencies and Education

· Minimum requirement: Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent, Master’s degree preferred

· 4-10 years’ experience in a Product Development role with a demonstrated track record for:

· Establishing product design with an eye toward manufacturing processes to assure quality and cost objectives are consistently achieved.

· Assure that schedules meet both internal and external requirements and that work is performed to established standards

· Making engineering prototypes samples for testing.

o Experience in the Firearms industry preferred

Competencies and Skills:

Physical Demands:

· Good command of the English language demonstrating excellent verbal and written communication skills

· Strong communication, presentation & organizational skills

· Microsoft Office proficiency (Excel, Word, Outlook)

· Experience with SolidWorks CAD software, or other major Solid Modeling software

· Exceptional customer service skills

· Demonstrated ability to work independently & autonomously

· Extensive experience and use of theoretical concepts to perform analysis and design.

· Ability to train, advise and assist less experienced professionals

· Ability to travel to support development.

· Continuous: standing, walking, lifting, bending, pushing/pulling, and reaching.

· Occasional: kneeling, sitting, squatting, overhead work, fine and gross upper body motor movement.

· Maximum lift: to 30 pounds and assisted lifting.

· Occasional lifting: 0 to 30 pounds.

NOTE: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment and Personal Protective Equipment:

Within the Smith & Wesson manufacturing facility, employees may be exposed to manufacturing noise, airborne liquid chemicals, fine particulate dust, ambient temperatures, and industrial lighting. Work environment is similar to most manufacturing operations. May be exposed to excessive noise, temperatures, hazards associated with working around moving machinery, work in confined quarters, exposure to vibrations and shop lighting, continuous exposure to hot temperatures, may be humid, odors, dust, continuous exposure to mechanical hazards, and occasional exposure to chemical hazards.

The following Personal Protective Equipment is required:

* Safety glasses with side shields and hearing protection required when on manufacturing floor

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GAOS 18 – M&P Shield

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Like I said in the intro, this is a trade show and major manufacturers are in hand, exhibiting their consumer products. Smith & Wesson has their new M&P 380 Shield EZ pistol with its grip safety.


They’ve got the full range but another model I wanted to point out is the M&P 9 Shield 2.0 with integrated Crimson Trace green or red laser.


SHOT Show 17 – S&W Performance Center Shield 45

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017


S&W revealed the new Performance Center Shield 45 at this year’s SHOT. The PC 45 Shield shares the same rough grip texture as the standard model, and features factory ported barrel and slide, and high visibility sights like the earlier 9 and 40 shield PC models. The PC 45 Shield is being offered both with and without a thumb safety.


The 45 Shield PC is also being offered with tritium night sights in lieu of the high visibility contrast sights. Both models come with 1 extended 7-round magazine, and one flush fit 6-round magazine.

SHOT Show 17 – S&W Performance Center M&P-10 6.5 Creedmoor

Saturday, January 21st, 2017


6.5 Creedmoor is an increasingly popular hunting and target cartridge, out-performing the established .308 Winchester, while being able to utilize the same action, bolt, and magazine as the .308, with only a barrel change. As a result, there’s been plenty of bolt-actions and semi-automatic rifles being released with 6.5 Creedmoor chambering, and S&W has followed suit with the introduction of a 6.5 Creedmoor Performance Center variant of their M&P-10 rifle.

Like other M&P-10 variants, the 6.5 M&P-10 features an ambidextrous lower receiver with two-stage match trigger, along with a Magpul MOE+ grip and MOE Rifle stock. The 20″ barrel, made of carbon steel, features a 1:8 RH twist with 5R rifling, and the aluminum handguard is free-floating with a top 1913 rail and M-LOK slots at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions.

It’s No Longer A Rumor – S&W M2.0 Is Confirmed

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Back in August, Soldier Systems Daily broke the story on a trademark filing from Smith & Wesson hinting towards a brand-new version of the S&W M&P pistol line dubbed ‘M2.0’, that we filed under rumor mill.


Well, it’s a rumor no longer because The Firearm Blog found, just recently, Academy Sports had a listing for the new M2.0 pistol line on their website, including this product description:

The Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 9mm Semiautomatic Pistol features an M&P M2.0 trigger and includes both a control-enhancing grip texture and 4 interchangeable palm swell grip inserts. This striker-fired pistol also includes a corrosion-resistant Armornite finish and boasts a steel-white dot front sight and steel-white 2-dot rear sight.

Features and Benefits

  • Semiautomatic, striker-fired action with a 17-round capacity
  • Corrosion-resistant Armornite finish
  • Aggressive grip texture
  • 4 interchangeable palm swell grip inserts
  • M&P M2.0 trigger
  • Steel-white dot front sight and steel-white 2-dot rear sight
  • Important Product and Safety Information
  • We recommend the use of protective eyewear whenever using or near the use of this item.

    What’s in the Box:
    Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 9mm Semiautomatic Pistol

    The pistol itself looks ‘sharper’ and ‘more aggressive’ to our eyes when compared to the original M&P pistols, if that makes any sense; Admin described it as “less Glock, more SIG”. No mention of the full-length guide rails our original source hinted at, but the new trigger is confirmed, and the inclusion of new grip texture and palm swell grips is a plus. It also features the new ‘M2.0’ logo in a fairly low-key position, rearward on the side of the pistol’s slide.


    Considering you can’t find the listing on Academy Sports’ website any longer, it’s likely this was an unintentional leak, which makes sense considering SHOT Show is a scant month away. Expect to see more info on the new M2.0 line when SHOT Show 2017 rolls around.

    Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation To Rebrand as ‘American Outdoor Brands Corp.’

    Wednesday, December 14th, 2016


    Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation shareholders have recently voted to change the company’s name to the exceedingly generic ‘American Outdoor Brands Corp.’ This new name change comes in response to SWHC’s increased efforts to diversify their offerings in the overarching outdoor industry, including their acquisition of companies such as Taylor Brands and UST Brands, companies which specialize in knives and tools and survival equipment, respectively. Unsurprisingly, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation is not completely abandoning the Smith & Wesson brand, which will continue to operate as its firearms division, while the recently acquired Crimson Trace will form at least part of S&W’s electro-optics division.

    The name change comes in to effect starting January 1st, 2017, just in time for SHOT Show.

    Below is the official press release from Smith & Wesson announcing the change.

    Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Reports Stockholder Vote Results
    Holding Corporation Will Become American Outdoor Brands Corporation

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC), today announced that its stockholders have overwhelmingly approved a change to the holding company’s name from Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation to American Outdoor Brands Corporation. The name change does not impact Smith & Wesson Corp., the name of the company’s firearms division, which has legendary roots dating back to 1852 and will remain unchanged. The name change pertains only to the holding corporation that acquired Smith & Wesson in 2001 and now owns Smith & Wesson Corp., Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., and Crimson Trace Corporation, which represent the company’s firearms, manufacturing services, accessories, and electro-optics divisions.

    James Debney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Smith & Wesson, said, “We are excited about the results of today’s stockholder vote. We believe that American Outdoor Brands Corporation is a name that truly represents our broad and growing array of brands and businesses in the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast markets. Looking ahead, and operating as American Outdoor Brands Corporation, we intend to continue building upon our portfolio, focusing on brands and products that best meet the needs and lifestyle of our target consumers.”

    The name change will be effective on or about January 1, 2017, at which time the company will adopt the common stock trading symbol “AOBC” for its NASDAQ stock exchange listing.

    Rumor Mill – Smith & Wesson M2.0 Found In Trademark Filings

    Thursday, August 18th, 2016


    If you do a search on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website for Smith & Wesson, you’ll notice a series of trademark filings from this year for something called M2.0 (featuring the above logo) for various goods and services, including gun cases, airsoft, and apparel, all with ‘Published for Opposition’ dates throughout this month. Now, you may be wondering, why is this of any interest?

    With the recent reveal of the Glock 17M and the subsequent rumors of the Glock GEN 5, it should come as no surprise that other firearm companies are looking at releasing updated models to their pistol lines. It looks like this is the case with Smith & Wesson, who it seems is planning on releasing their own upgraded M&P model pistol.

    A source who wishes to remain anonymous told us the new pistol line is to be dubbed M2.0. M2.0 is a response to criticisms of the original M&P series pistols, and is designed with a host of features that will allow the M&P series to better compete with stock Glocks. Our source cited changes to the design, including an improved trigger and full-length guide rails, intended to increase overall functionality, reliability, and out-the-box accuracy.

    We feel it’s only fair to note that although we do trust our source this is a second-hand account, and until any official news/documentation comes out this info should be treated as speculation and rumor. That being the case, in all likelihood we’ll hear more about M2.0 as SHOT 2017 draws nearer, so stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

    Smith & Wesson to Acquire Crimson Trace Corporation

    Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

    -Acquisition of Market Leader Provides Established Platform for Electro-Optics Business
    -Smith & Wesson Establishes Fourth Division
    -Closing Expected August 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., July 25, 2016 — Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC), a leading manufacturer of firearms and a provider of quality accessory products for the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Crimson Trace Corporation (Crimson Trace), the industry leader in laser sighting systems and tactical lighting for firearms, for $95.0 million, subject to certain adjustments, utilizing cash on hand.

    Crimson Trace has long been a key supplier of laser sighting systems for Smith & Wesson. For more than two decades, Crimson Trace has provided consumers, military units, and law enforcement officers around the globe with the world’s largest selection of award-winning laser sight and tactical light products. Crimson Trace offers more than 225 products and is widely recognized as the world’s leading brand of laser sights for firearms. Its award-winning innovations include the Lasergrips®, Laserguard®, and Rail Master® platforms. The company’s product line also includes the Defender Series®, Lightguard®, and its new LiNQ™ wireless activation system. Based in Wilsonville, Oregon, Crimson Trace operates from a 50,000 square foot , leased facility where it engineers and manufactures its products.

    Crimson Trace was founded 22 years ago and has organically generated a ten year compound annual revenue growth rate in excess of 10%. The company maintains a product development team that has an established track record of launching high-quality, innovative laser sighting products. As a result, its products maintain a premium position with hundreds of independent retailers as well as large sporting goods retailers, including Cabela’s, MidwayUSA, Nation’s Best Sports, and internet retailer Optics Planet, Inc.

    James Debney, Smith & Wesson President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Crimson Trace provides us with an exceptional opportunity to acquire a thriving company that is completely aligned with our strategy to become a leader in the market for shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiasts. As the undisputed leader in the market for laser sighting products, Crimson Trace serves as an ideal platform for our new Electro-Optics Division. Firearms purchasers frequently buy electro-optic accessories to enhance the capabilities and performance of their firearms. The growth that Crimson Trace has delivered is a testament to the high product quality and the robust product development capability that Lane Tobiassen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crimson Trace, and his team have established. That capability, combined with Crimson Trace’s leadership position in the market for laser sights, provides a solid framework for organic and inorganic growth.”

    Lane Tobiassen, who joined Crimson Trace in 2005, will serve as President of the new Electro-Optics Division of Smith & Wesson, and will report directly to Debney. The Crimson Trace management team and workforce, as well as its base of operations, will remain in Wilsonville, Oregon after the acquisition.

    Tobiassen said, “It is a great honor to lead Crimson Trace into this exciting new chapter in our history by joining the Smith & Wesson team. Since 1994, we have designed and brought to market more than 225 products, all of which reflect the passion, dedication, and spirit of innovation of our design engineers, production workforce, customer service representatives, and marketing and sales professionals. As the new Electro-Optics Division of Smith & Wesson, we believe that our capabilities, combined with inorganic opportunities to acquire related technologies, will expand the reach of our existing market footprint. This makes us a great fit for Smith & Wesson, a legendary company with an iconic brand, world-class products, and markets that include consumer, law enforcement, and international channels. We look forward to offering consumers exceptional performance from two of the industry’s most trusted names.”

    Smith & Wesson will purchase all of the outstanding stock of Crimson Trace for $95.0 million, using existing cash balances. Crimson Trace is being acquired from Crimson Trace Holdings, LLC, which is owned by private equity firms Peninsula Capital Partners, LLC and VergePointe Capital, LLC; Lewis Danielson, the founder and Chairman of the Board of Crimson Trace; a small group of minority members; and certain members of management.

    Jeffrey D. Buchanan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Smith & Wesson, stated, “As a result of our strong balance sheet, we intend to complete the purchase of Crimson Trace with cash on hand and we expect the transaction to close in three to six weeks. After the closing date, we expect the acquisition to be accretive to Smith & Wesson’s earnings per share in fiscal 2017. Due to its anticipated timing, the transaction is expected to have no impact on Smith & Wesson’s operational and financial results for the fiscal 2017 first quarter ending July 31, 2016. As of the date of signing, Crimson Trace’s trailing 12 month revenue was approximately $44.0 million, of which approximately 25% was revenue from Smith & Wesson and would be excluded from our consolidated revenue. The purchase price represents an estimated multiple of approximately 5.9x the trailing 12 month adjusted EBITDAS of Crimson Trace. We look forward to providing additional details following the close of the transaction.”

    Cowen and Company, LLC is acting as exclusive financial advisor and Greenberg Traurig, LLP is acting as legal advisor to Smith & Wesson and its Board of Directors. Robert W. Baird & Co. is acting as exclusive financial advisor and K&L Gates LLP is acting as legal advisor to Crimson Trace and its owners.