SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (May 20, 2008) — Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary 156-year old firearms maker, announced that it has begun shipping the new Night Guard™ Series of revolvers. The six-model family, which was introduced at the 2008 SHOT Show, includes the Model 315, Model 325, Model 327, Model 329, Model 386 and Model 396 revolvers. Offering consumers a broad range of choices when selecting a firearm for protection both at home and for concealed carry situations, the Night Guard revolvers are available in three frame sizes along with four different capacities and five calibers.

Manufactured on a light-weight scandium frame, the Night Guard revolvers feature a 2 ½ inch barrel and are chambered in .45ACP, .44 Magnum®, .44 Special, .357 Magnum® and .38 S&W Special + P. These simple, yet powerful double-action revolvers are complete with a non-reflective matte-black finish, durable and corrosion resistant black stainless PVD cylinder and Pachmayr® wraparound Compac Custom grips for maximum concealment and shooting comfort. On top of the frame, each Night Guard revolver is standard with a XS® 24/7 standard dot tritium front sight and the new rugged Cylinder & Slide extreme duty fixed rear U-notch sight for fast, convenient and accurate sight alignment in low-light or no-light conditions. This combination of features makes the Night Guard revolvers a logical choice for all personal defense needs.

“The new Night Guard series was specifically designed to offer consumers a lightweight yet durable revolver that is equipped with all of the features needed for personal defense situations,” said Tom Taylor, Vice President of Marketing for Smith & Wesson. “By offering consumers a choice of three different frame sizes and five calibers, they can easily select the revolver that best suits their individual needs. We believe that these new firearms compliment our current product line by offering consumers yet another choice when selecting a carry-ready revolver well-suited for the times when you need it the most.”

The revolvers comprising the Night Guard line include the Model 315 six-shot chambered in .38 S&W Special + P, the Model 325 six-shot chambered in .45 ACP, the Model 327 eight-shot chambered in .357 Magnum®/.38 S&W Special + P, the Model 329 six-shot chambered in .44 Magnum®/.44 Special, the Model 386 seven-shot chambered in .357 Magnum®/.38 S&W Special + P and the Model 396 five-shot chambered in .44 Special.

As part of the 2008 Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence Awards, the Model 327 Night Guard has been nominated for “Handgun of the Year.” Presented annually, the Shooting Industry Awards recognize innovative products that have set new standards of excellence through design and function.

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