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  Softness in the market for hunting rifles and shotguns

Michael F. Golden, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation, said, "While second quarter sales growth came in strong at 36% to 40%, our results were impacted by a combination of factors that emerged late in the quarter. Among these factors were softness in the market for hunting rifles and shotguns, driven by lower than expected consumer demand, a buildup of pre-season retail inventories, and unseasonably warm autumn weather, which decreased retail traffic and compressed the fall hunting season. Sales of our Thompson/Center Arms hunting rifles, which have a brand name that is already well-established in the consumer hunting market, appear to be far less impacted by these factors than are sales of new Smith & Wesson rifles and shotguns, which have only just begun to arrive in retail locations."

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