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SPRINGFIELD, Mass.– Smith & Wesson Corp., announced that Team Smith & Wesson member David Olhasso won the Limited-10 division title at the TechWear USA Area 8 Practical Shooting Championships held Memorial Day weekend at the East Huntingdon Sportsmen’s Association range in Alverton, Pennsylvania.  A Pennsylvania native, Olhasso captured the division title by winning six of the 11 stages using a Smith & Wesson M&P45 pistol.

“Throughout the competition, the M&P45 worked perfectly,” said Olhasso. “This was my first time using the pistol during the Area 8 Championships. I typically use a 9mm or a light loaded .40 S&W pistol in the majority of my competitive matches. On the first stage of fire, I had to remind myself to slow down and concentrate on each shot.  It is easy to get overwhelmed with the challenging course layout and difficult targets, but the design of the M&P45 allowed me to keep the gun under control and put each shot exactly where I aimed.”

During the annual competition, shooters from six divisions squared off in 11 challenging stages of fire. At each stage, shooters took aim against obstacle-laden courses as they were required to draw their firearms, negotiate obstacles, and shoot on the move, all while engaging a variety of steel and paper targets. The 2008 USPSA Area 8 Championships featured a total of 312 competitors from around the globe. In the Limited-10 division, 32 competitors went head to head for the division title.

“As more and more people get involved in competitive shooting, I believe that the M&P series will continue to rise in popularity,” said Olhasso. “The M&P pistol is a fantastic solution for those who cannot find a good fit with other polymer guns. The different grip sizes offer multiple choices and the width of the grip in the backstrap makes the gun very comfortable when using a two-handed shooting grip. The price is very reasonable and there are numerous holsters available as well as aftermarket sights and accessories. I look forward to competing with the M&P45 again at the IDPA Nationals later this year.”

Manufactured with a polymer frame reinforced with a rigid stainless steel chassis and a through-hardened black Melonite® finished stainless steel barrel and slide for added durability, the M&P pistol benefits from enhanced shootability along with a reduction in felt recoil. Other standard features of the M&P pistol include three interchangeable grips sizes; a sear release lever that eliminates the need to press the trigger in order to disassemble the firearm; an ambidextrous slide stop; reversible magazine releases and a passive trigger safety to prevent the firearm from firing if dropped. The M&P45 has a 10 + 1 capacity and is standard with the Smith & Wesson lifetime service policy. The M&P pistol series is available in 9mm, .40S&W, .357SIG, and .45ACP calibers in both full-size and compact models.

For more information on the Area 8 Championships and the United States Practical Shooting Association, visit www.uspsa.org.

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