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Universal Safety Response Wins 2009 Business Awards

Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America Stevie Award – Most Innovative Company of the Year
FRANKLIN, Tenn., Aug. 17, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Universal Safety Response (USR), a Smith and Wesson Company (Nasdaq: SWHC), and a leader in perimeter security systems, announced today that it has recently earned business awards for growth and innovation, from both local and national organizations including Inc. Magazine, and The American Business Awards.

Each year, Inc. magazine ranks the top 5000, fastest-growing private companies in the United States. USR achieved a position in the 2009 rankings, placing 852 out of a total 5,000 companies. Since debuting in 1991 with 100 of the fastest-growing private U.S. companies, then expanding the following year to the Inc. 500 and again in 2007 to the Inc. 5000, the list has served to recognize the significant accomplishments of entrepreneurial companies. More information about the Inc. 5000 Awards is available at www.inc.com/inc5000.
In June, USR was also presented with the Stevie Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year – Up to 100 Employees – All other Industries. The designation was awarded at the 2009 American Business Awards, hosted by Cheryl Casone of Fox Business Network. More than 2,600 entries from companies of assorted sizes and industries were submitted for consideration. Finalists were determined by a panel of over 200 executives from across the United States. More information about The American Business Awards and the Stevie Awards is available at www.stevieawards.com/aba

Ken Grant, Director of Client Relations for USR, said, “On behalf of all the employees of USR, we are honored to accept these prestigious business awards. We have worked hard to secure our position as the innovator in perimeter security with customers across the nation, so we are especially proud to be recognized by these highly esteemed organizations and publications, both locally and nationally, for our accomplishments.”

In July, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation, parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary 157-year old company in the global business of safety, security, protection and sport, completed its acquisition of Universal Safety Response, Inc. The acquisition provides Smith & Wesson entry into the rapidly growing perimeter security market, a move aligned with the company’s growth and diversification strategy, and one that expands its reach into commercial, non-firearms categories. USR is operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of Smith & Wesson.

About Universal Safety Response

Based in Franklin, Tenn., USR is a full-service perimeter security integrator, barrier manufacturer and installer. As a Smith and Wesson Company, USR provides a complete range of products and services tailored to each client’s unique specifications. USR is proud to incorporate its core values of customer service, integrity, innovation and quality into every project. Founded in 1994, USR is the original creator of GRAB , the world’s fastest growing barrier technology. USR serves a variety of clients in the defense, transportation and petrol-chemical industries, as well as corporate facilities, airports, Fortune 500 companies, national laboratories and museums. To learn more about USR’s services and products, call (615) 224-0400.

About Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation, a global leader in safety, security, protection and sport, is parent company to Smith & Wesson Corp., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of quality firearms and firearm safety/security products and parent company to Thompson/Center Arms, Inc., a premier designer and manufacturer of premium hunting rifles, black powder rifles, interchangeable firearms systems and accessories under the Thompson/Center brand. Smith & Wesson licenses shooter protection, knives, apparel, and other accessory lines. Smith & Wesson is based in Springfield, Massachusetts with manufacturing facilities in Springfield, Massachusetts; Houlton, Maine; and Rochester, New Hampshire. The Smith & Wesson Academy is America’s longest running firearms training facility for law enforcement, military and security professionals. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com. For more information on Thompson/Center Arms, log on to www.tcarms.com

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