The history of Smith and Wesson Company has been written and rewritten for decades and centuries. Most of the crucial details have been exhausted but there is still something worth discussing even in the modern world. It all began back in 1852 when two partners, Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson, came together with an idea of forming a small company to produce pistols. By then, the big guns had not been invented so they started off on a low by producing volcanic pistols that were very common those days. This earned them their very first name with its customers just referring to the company as Volcanic Repeating Arms Company.
Things were, however, not cool on their side as the yet to get establish company began to experience financial difficulties. So worse was the situation that they even contemplated bringing on board a third partner to help the sinking boat and that’s how Oliver Winchester joined the team. He would later turn out to be the investor with majority shares in the company but that did not deter smith and Wesson from charting their course. Four years later, the two decided enough was enough and parted ways with the volcanic company to start up their own entity. Their move was highly informed by the urge to begin manufacturing a new type of guns.
As a result of that, they started producing revolvers and cartilage together which were known by then as Smith and Wesson model 1. This model brought together a great combination of several innovations that had been tested and proven to succeed thus translating to its growing popularity. Fortunes for these two partners began to show up when they were able to patch up a deal with a successful businessman by the name Rollin White. They agreed on the commissions to get in every sale of a gun which came in the form of royalties. They commanded huge sales in the market for slightly above a decade but later began to experience challenges after competitors developed imitations of their original product.
In 1862, the issue found its way into court as the partners sought legal redress over the actions of their competitors and eventually won bringing an end to the tug-of-war. However, full discharge of the court ruling waited for three years before it could take effect. This allowed a big window for the other companies to make a big kill from selling counterfeit firearms at the expense of Smith and Wesson. Demand for their products gained more prominence at the advent of the civil war in America as their guns were the main tools of trade. The sales were booming which saw them launch their services on a global platform with an aim of reaching every corner of the world. Since then, there has been no looking back for the duo that started off on a shaky ground. The company has since gone through several ownership hands but their identity has always remained the same all along and service delivery improved.