Originally Posted by potentialglock
Elaborate for the youngsters?
Back in the 90's, S&W was purchased by a British company. Then they struck a deal with the Clinton administration that they would equip their guns with special safety locks and other features. Since they were the lead dog in the industry, they also required that their vendors only sell firearms with similar safety features or they would lose their supply of S&W firearms.
Well, the industry responded in near unanimous action and Smith and Wesson lost nearly all their distribution channels. The company went bankrupt almost overnight and then was sold for pennies to an American group (the current owners) who quickly axed the agreements with the politicians and rebuilt the company to its former glory.
S&W's story is that no matter how big you are or how much clout you have in the firearms industry, if you crap on the 2A, this market will destroy you very quickly.