Smith & Wesson, Thompson/Center Arms, and Walther Introduce New Models


( — Smith & Wesson Corp. has announced its 2011 models and extensions to its Smith & Wesson, Thompson/Center Arms and Walther firearms portfolios.

The product lineup features the debut of a new-age self-defense revolver, the Governor, which offers multiple caliber capabilities along with a lightweight scandium alloy frame. Other new models include extensions to the company’s Military & Police (M&P) Series, Smith & Wesson Performance Center® and Custom Engraving Shop. The company also introduced a new line of Smith & Wesson 1911 pistols, the “E” Series, and an expanded Thompson/Center core black powder lineup along with the popular T/C Venture bolt-action rifle. Introductions to the Walther product line include the new PPQ polymer pistol in 9mm and .40 S&W along with design and styling updates to the popular P22 rimfire pistol.

Additional new models include:

Smith & Wesson

  • Governor – An innovative scandium frame revolver capable of firing .45 Long Colt, .45 ACP and .410 gauge 2 ½-inch shotshells. The new six-shot revolver, with its standard front night sight and Crimson Trace® laser option, carries forward Smith & Wesson’s rich history of revolver manufacturing and dedication to the personal protection market.
  • M&P Rifle Series – New state compliant M&P rifles chambered in .22 LR or 5.56 NATO along with the new M&P15 Sport™, specifically designed to address both price and function. Included in the line extensions are four M&P15 modern sporting rifle versions with factory installed bullet buttons for the California market and Realtree® APG HD® camo versions of the M&P15-22 .22 LR modern sporting rifle.
  • M&P Pistol Series – New M&P pistols packaged with accessory items and threaded barrels as well as a new model designed in collaboration with Viking Tactics®. A new M&P22 pistol was also launched in the economical .22 LR caliber.
  • Performance Center – Three new hunting revolvers designed by Smith & Wesson’s master gunsmiths along with a high-end M&P15-22 rifle available with or without a threaded barrel.
  • Custom Engraving Shop – Two new revolver models featuring intricate machine engraving, which bring aesthetics and value to these highly sought after steel canvases.
  • 1911 “E” Series – Six newly enhanced 1911 pistols machined to exacting tolerances and built with a variety of custom features. The 1911 “E” Series pistols are designed with a new precision hand-fit trigger and are available in both traditional grips and round butt models.

Thompson/Center Arms

  • T/C Venture – Economical bolt-action rifle available in five new caliber options. Each rifle is MOA (1” groups at 100 yards) guaranteed and standard with a variety of features requested by hunters.
  • T/C Venture Weather Shield® – Popular bolt-action rifle available with advanced Weather Shield finish for extra protection against the elements.
  • Encore® Pro Hunter™ XT Muzzleloader – Versatile black powder rifle built as the gun for all seasons with its interchangeable barrel design and corrosion resistant Weather Shield Finish.


  • PPQ Pistol – Feature rich polymer pistol available in 9mm and .40S&W. The PPQ comes with a new quick action trigger with a crisp pull and .1” reset. The PPQ is also standard with an ambidextrous slide lock and magazine release.
  • P22 Pistol – The ever-popular .22 LR pistol has been updated with an improved grip and new slanted slide serrations to improve ergonomics and functionality.


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