February 4, 2005 Smith & Wesson, the legendary 153-year old firearms maker has unveiled the Model 460XVR (eXtreme Velocity Revolver), the highest velocity production revolver in the world. With a muzzle velocity of 2,300 feet per second, you can zero the sites of the 460XVR and hit dead centre from 250 metres with no hold over. The new US$1,250 460XVR revolver holds 5-shots, uses the same X-frame as the 500 S&W and has an 8 3/8 inch barrel and a removable compensator.

Weighing 73 ounces, the world's most powerful .45 Calibre revolver was one of fourteen new Smith & Wesson products at the 2005 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show held last week in Las Vegas, Nevada, all of which are available for delivery during February.

"There was tremendous enthusiasm in the Smith & Wesson booth," said Mike Golden, Smith & Wesson's President about the company's participation in the 27th annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show.

"The public response to our new product line was very encouraging and we received tremendous interest from dealers, distributors and industry media. We also showed a number of items in our extended line of licensed products at this year's show and the response there was extremely positive as well."

Golden added, "We look forward to building on the strength of our Smith & Wesson brand through a variety of additional opportunities. We are actively exploring category expansion into less-lethal weapons, long guns, ammunition, ranges and security systems. Any such expansion could be done directly, through licensing agreements or other cooperative agreements."

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