Smith & Wesson Donates Safety Equipment to NRA Women’s Programs

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce that Smith & Wesson® has donated safety equipment valued at more than $500,000 to the NRA Women’s Programs for distribution at the Women on Target and the Female NRA Certified Instructor clinics. This Smith & Wesson contribution provides safety and protection equipment for women as they enter into the world of shooting sports.

James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, “At Smith & Wesson, we are proud supporters of the NRA and pleased to support programs that teach women the skills necessary for safe and responsible firearm ownership. Whether she is a student new to the sport or a veteran improving her skill set, these women will play an important role in keeping shooters engaged by having fun while learning both critical and enhanced skills.”

This gift breaks down into two specific categories; hearing protection and eye protection. Hearing protection comes in the form of 15,000 pairs of Smith & Wesson Ear Muffs and eye protection in the form of 15,000 pairs of Smith & Wesson Safety Glasses.

“It is an incredibly generous donation,” said Kyle Weaver, NRA Executive Director of General Operations. “Thanks to the support of Smith & Wesson, the women who take these classes are sure to have a positive experience all throughout the United States.”

Smith & Wesson is also the presenting sponsor of the NRA Women’s Network, a growing resource for female gun enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. The network, located at features individual channels devoted to hunting, shooting, education, profiles and resources — each offering a unique experience and information on events, programs, competitions, clinics and ranges.

NRA Women’s Programs are designed to create more opportunities and events for the ever growing number of women joining the ranks of the National Rifle Association. With classes and events available from Alaska to Florida, there is sure to be a perfect spot just waiting for you. For more information on NRA Women’s Programs, visit their website at

About the National Rifle Association

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Five million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. For more on the NRA, visit their website at

About Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products and training to the consumer, law enforcement, and military markets. The company’s brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P® and Thompson/Center Arms™. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to

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