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10 Iconic American Products Still Made Here

Smith & Wesson handguns

As gun-obsessed as much of America has been of late, it may be a great time to point out the modern handgun got its start on these shores. Smith & Wesson (SWHC - Get Report) founders Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson first made their lever-action pistol for Volcanic Repeating Arms Co. In 1856, they left the cash-strapped company and created a cartridge-based model for their own firearms business. With the Civil War just around the corner and America's westward expansion yielding even more gunplay, business picked up in a hurry. By 1867 their revolvers were being sold around the world. Today, Smith and Wesson is the largest handgun maker on the planet, but is still based in Massachusetts. Much of its business is still conducted there and at its facilities in Maine and Tennessee.

-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.

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Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post,, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.
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