Polymer Smith & Wesson is Innovation of the Year

 - Nov 6, 2007   Updated: Jun 16 2011
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A pistol made of polymers, in common usage - plastic, was awarded the innovation of the year by a major law enforcement organization. The Smith & Wesson firearm has a polymer frame and a rigid stainless steel structure. The barrel is hardened stainless steel. Many safety features have been integrated into the pistol to make it safer and more compatible for wide adoption by law enforcement.

Implications - With the importance of gun and weapon control rising in the media and political campaigns, the gun industry has seen a downfall in consumption. The widespread fear of criminal and unsafe uses of these weapons that extend beyond self-control has a significant impact on the industry. As a result, weapon designers are attempting to redesign their products to optimize safety and cater to the mass concern voiced by the people and the media.