BREAKING: Smith & Wesson Acquires Taylor Brands

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Smith & Wesson announced the acquisition of Taylor Brands, a company that manufactures tools and knives under the recognizable names of Schrade, Old Timer and others.

The acquisition is part of an ongoing strategy the company has undertaken to expand its footprint in the outdoor industry. The Taylor Brands acquisition was made by BTI Tools, a wholly owned subsidiary of Battenfeld Technologies – a company purchased by Smith & Wesson in late 2014.

The Battenfeld acquisition moved Smith & Wesson’s reach into the shooting accessories and reloading markets – areas that have potentially larger profit margins that firearms.

Earlier this year, Smith & Wesson announced that Battenfeld Technologies would acquire PowerTech, a flashlight manufacturer that was making Smith & Wesson lights under license.

Smith & Wesson now owns the following companies and brands:

  • Thompson/Center
  • Battenfeld Technologies
  • Caldwell Shooting Supplies
  • Wheeler Engineering
  • Tipton Gun Cleaning Supplies
  • Frankford Arsenal
  • Bog-Pod
  • Lockdown Vault Accessories
  • Golden Rod
  • Hooyman
  • Non-Typical Wildlife Solutions
  • Taylor Brands
  • Schrade
  • Uncle Henry
  • Old Timer
  • Imperial
  • PowerTech

The Taylor Brands acquisition was made for $85 million in cash.

“Taylor Brands provides us with an ideal opportunity to further deliver on an important element of our strategic plan, which is to grow our Accessories Division by expanding into adjacent and complementary markets,” said James Debney, president and CEO of Smith & Wesson. “Established over 40 years ago, Taylor Brands is a recognized provider of high-quality knives and tools under several well-known brands, especially the Smith & Wesson and M&P brands.”



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Joe Schmo

    85 million in cash? Apparently Smith and Wesson balls hard.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I bet they financed the acquisition vs a payment plan to the previous owners.

  • Mike N.

    S&W knows the margins are not in the guns, but in the made-in-China accessories. Smart move to buy Battenfield a/k/a MidwayUSA’s house brand.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I wonder if they will consolidate sales teams to take advantage of their dealer network and packaging retail packages and incentives?

  • smartacus

    this reminds me of that scene in War Games
    when Professor Falken asks “Joshua what are you doing?”

  • John Yossarian

    Looks like “let the good times roll” for S&W. They outta propose a toast to O’Hillary at the celebration dinner.

    • Cleophus

      Yeah, and while they’re at it, they can recall the time they sold gun owners down the river during the Clinton administration. Old grudges die hard………….

      • retfed

        At the time Smith and Wesson signed that consent decree, they were fighting 29 different wrongful-death lawsuits, and their parent company, the English toilet manufacturer, told them to either sign the decree or go out of business. When you’re being blackmailed by the government and by your own bosses, how many choices do you have?

  • Blackhawk

    This explains why SWHC stock was up almost 3% mid day today, and still closed up 1.5%. Glad I bought when I did. Only see it going higher as the election gets closer

  • MegaGlide

    It beats the usual gun company tactic of licensing their good name to an outfit that makes knives out of hardened peanut butter with their name on them…

  • FightFireJay

    Does this mean S&W bramd knives will be better or worse in the future? Currently, they are basically the opposite of Ruger and their CRKT knives.

  • nova3930

    So they’re now in control of cheap Chinese made knives? Yay?

  • Gunsmoke Jim

    I hope the quality is better than the line of M&P knives. Pure junk.