Smith & Wesson makes Tennessee’s day

Dirty Harry’s legendary gun maker moving to the Greenest State in the Land of the Free

Smith & Wesson moves to Tennessee

Smith & Wesson has been manufacturing firearms at the same plant in Springfield, Massachusetts, since 1856.

But now, the ultra-blue restrictive state plans to ban the manufacture of assault rifles, which account for 60-percent of Smith & Wesson’s business.

So the legendary gun maker told Massachusetts to get lost, while the red state of Tennessee said, Come on down, make our day.

The $120-million move will add to the mass exodus from the over-taxed, over-governed Northeast. More than 700 jobs will be taken out of Massachusetts and moved to Maryville in Blount County, a Second Amendment sanctuary county.


Smith & Wesson moves to Tennessee


Inventors Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson started the company in Connecticut in 1852, making a lever-action firearm called the Volcanic Rifle.

Smith & Wesson moves to Tennessee
Horace Smith
Smith & Wesson moves to Tennessee
Daniel Wesson

They went on to arm the American frontier, producing larger-frame revolvers including the .44 S&W American, which was adopted by the U.S. Army as the first cartridge-firing revolver.

The company continued to forge history in 1899 when it developed the .38 Military & Police, which was the weapon of choice for nearly every police force in the U.S. through the 1900s.

After World War II, the company began manufacturing larger calibers, including the iconic magnum revolvers used by ‘Dirty Harry’ in the Clint Eastwood movies.


The company’s fortunes took a hit in the 1980s when police departments began using pistols from the European manufacturers, Beretta, Glock and Sig Sauer.

Business picked up dramatically in recent years with the manufacture of military-style assault rifles, which continue to be increasingly popular with gun owners.

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When your number’s up


Autumn arrives in the Northern Hemisphere on Tuesday, September 22 at 9:31 a.m. New York time.

I’m glad it’s not the day before or the day after. In my experience the number 22 is sandwiched right in the middle of two unlucky dates.

Twenty-one is considered lucky to many people. You’re a winner in the card game blackjack if your cards add up to 21. The ‘angel number’ 21 is lucky when it comes to love and relationships. The 21 Club in New York City is a famous restaurant if you’re lucky enough to be rich. I used to think 21 was lucky because on the 21st day of the month I was given the gift of life.

But a year and nine months ago, 21 turned on me big time. On the 21st of December, 2018 — 21 months ago — my wife died. The fire went out. A cold depression set in and lingers to this day. So 21 became one damn unlucky number for me.

Now it’s right up here with the number 23, the age my son died. Also, the 23rd day of the month was the date my oldest brother was killed in a car crash.

Take 13 — please!

The number 13 is unlucky for many. The 1970 Apollo 13 Moon mission is a classic example, summed up in the famous transmission from the spacecraft to Mission Control, on April 13 no less, “Houston, we have a problem.”

An oxygen tank exploded. Actually astronaut. Jack Swigert said, “Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” but it was tightened up for dramatic purposes. As it turned out the craft limped back to Earth (if you can call 24,000 miles an hour limping) with three saved souls on board, so in that sense 13 turned out to be lucky.

As I thought it was for me many years ago when my son was born on the 13th — Friday the 13th. But whereas Apollo 13 ended up lucky, my son’s 13 did not, as an overdose of barbiturates proved.

Another bad 13 for me was the death of my other brother on the 13th day of the month.

Nothing about the numbers game is scientific or even predictable. Like life, it’s all a crap shoot, and when your number’s up, you get deep-sixed. (I just summed up life in three clichés — my old English teacher would be rolling in his grave.)

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