Smith & Wesson to Sponsor 2016 NSSF Rimfire Challenge World Championship

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Smith & Wesson® Gives Shooting Sports a .22 Gun Salute

Iconic Brand Sends Support, Staff and Team to Championship Match

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 29, 2016 — ( – Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that it has signed on as premier sponsor of the 2016 NSSF Rimfire Challenge World Championship, which will be held October 14 -16 in Woodville, Alabama and will feature 300 qualifying shooters vying for the ultimate title.

Rimfire shooting is one of the fastest growing gun sports in the United States and the Rimfire Challenge .22 rifle and pistol program introduces new entrants to shooting sports with a fun and natural opportunity to compete. Engineered to act as feeder matches, NSSF Rimfire Challenge gives new shooters a great foundation for participating in the Steel Challenge, USPSA, IDPA, and 3-Gun events.

Jeff Blackwell, Match Director, said, “The matches are specifically designed to be family oriented while providing encouragement and support to new shooters. Having an iconic manufacturer like Smith & Wesson involved with the event encourages more participation. We couldn’t be prouder to have the company sign on as our lead sponsor.”

Matches are held at various ranges across the country. From local monthly matches to state and regional matches, competitors enjoy ringing steel and experiencing the safe and friendly competition that is the NSSF Rimfire Challenge. The World Championship attracts shooters of all levels, from the sport’s top competitors to those who are just getting started.

“Smith & Wesson is proud to continue our legacy of supporting shooting sports and athletes – especially the Rimfire Challenge.  We will be there in force and in spirit to cheer on all the competitors,” said Jan Mladek, Smith & Wesson General Manager.  With our 2,000 employees behind them, it’s safe to say that every shooter will feel the strength of Smith & Wesson’s support, especially from our factory team.”

Amid all the formal steel plinking and raucous cheering, Smith & Wesson representatives will also be on hand to assist spectators and participants in trying out the company’s latest rimfire products, including the versatile SW22 Victory™ and the impressive semi-automatic M&P®15-22 Sport™ MOE SL®.

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.  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 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 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