Smith & Wesson The Governor

Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary 159-year old company in…

Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary 159-year old company in the global business of safety, security, protection and sport, announced today the introduction of the Governor™ – a new firearm engineered as the ultimate self-defense package. Offering multiple caliber capabilities along with a lightweight scandium alloy frame, the Governor carries forward Smith & Wesson’s rich history of revolver manufacturing and dedication to the personal protection market.

Named the Governor for its authoritative appearance and specialized features, this new revolver provides discerning consumers with an essential tool for self-defense needs. At the core of this revolver is Smith & Wesson’s patented heat-treated scandium frame for superior strength and reduced weight. Capable of chambering a mixture of .45 Colt, .45 ACP and .410 gauge 2 ½-inch shotshells, the Governor is suited for both close and distant encounters, allowing users to customize the load to their preference. The shooter’s choice of ammunition is housed in the revolver’s six-shot stainless PVD-coated cylinder, which adds an extra level of protection to this already rugged platform. On top of the revolver’s compact 2 ¾-inch barrel, Smith & Wesson has added a dovetailed Tritium front night sight for enhanced accuracy in low-light conditions, while the Governor’s fixed rear sight is aptly suited for this self-defense handgun.


The Governor measures 8 ½ inches in overall length along with a width of 1 ¾ inches. Carry ability of this revolver has been further enhanced with the Governor’s unloaded weight of 29.6 ounces and standard matte black finish designed to reduce unwanted glare while adding an all-business like demeanor to this self-defense handgun. On the lower portion of the frame, the revolver will be packaged with either shock absorbing synthetic grips or with factory-installed laser grips from Crimson Trace®. Accurate, rugged and reliable, the Governor is further enhanced by Smith & Wesson’s renowned smooth double-action and crisp single-action trigger pull. The new revolver will also come standard with 2-round and 6-round moon clips.


“For 159 years, Smith & Wesson has been at the forefront of revolver manufacturing with its advanced techniques and ground-breaking designs,” said James Debney, President of the Firearms Division for Smith & Wesson. “With the advent of the new Governor, this pioneering mindset continues as does our unyielding commitment to produce and bring to market self-defense orientated products that match the needs of consumers. Along with our broad range of personal protection firearms, the new Governor will take a leadership role that will give consumers a distinct advantage when defending themselves against unwanted dangers.”

About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SWHC) is a U.S.-based, global provider of products and services for safety, security, protection and sport. The company designs and constructs facility perimeter security solutions for military and commercial applications, and delivers a broad portfolio of firearms and related training to the military, law enforcement and sports markets. SWHC companies include Smith & Wesson Corp., the globally recognized manufacturer of quality firearms; Universal Safety Response, a full-service perimeter security integrator, barrier manufacturer and installer; and Thompson/Center Arms Company, Inc., a premier designer and manufacturer of premium hunting firearms. SWHC facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Tennessee. For more information on Smith & Wesson and its companies, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to;; or

Load Comments
  • suddz

    I am glad smith and wesson made a 410/45 I owner a judge bought it new I had it for a week cylinder pin broke on me twice I fixed it the second time and put it off on the first sucker I came across that’s what happends when you use cheap parts in a firearm I would not own another Taurus if it was given to me but I fish a lot and a 410 pistol is great to have for snakes I plan to buy a governor because it is a S&W

  • Mr. wheelgun

    I believe that S&W first came up with the 45/410 wheelgun design and sold the patent to Taurus. Now that the patent is up S&W wants a piece of the pie.

  • spc of the army

    how many guns has taurus riped off? no sympathy from this guy.

  • mrmossberg500

    Even if S&W is ripping off Taurus, I’ll definitely be buying this instead of the Taurus judge, mainly because it can fire .45 ACP as well as 45 Colt and .410 bore. I don’t know if the Judge can fire .45 ACP, but it does make a difference, as well as the extra chamber the S&W has over the Judge. I’ll have to wait to hear some reviews (this will end up in the latest G&A magazine for sure) but it being a S&W, I believe it will perform well.

  • Yeah, it’s a shame that the credit isn’t given where due, but we the buyers know where the ideas are from. And should good ideas like these go viral, so much the better. LCP/P3AT, Governor/Judge, however many others will come to light in time(HOW many companies make 1911s?) is all for the good in the end.

  • General Jim M

    Ruger keeps ripping off Kel Tec designs and now S&W is ripping off Taurus.

  • Awlhattin O’Kaddle

    Monkey See
    Monkey Do

    From The Hen House Floor:
    Not even a Tip of the Hat to Taurus