SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SWHC), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, today announced that it has been awarded a firearms contract from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) for new service firearms from the Company's M&P Pistol Series. As part of a five-year contract, the LASD will purchase Smith & Wesson M&P9 pistols which will replace currently issued non-Smith & Wesson firearms. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department fields approximately 13,000 sworn and non-sworn personnel who are issued duty handguns. Serving as the second largest local policing agency in the United States and the world's largest sheriff's department, the LASD currently lists over 18,000 active duty employees. Composed of over 9,000 sworn deputies and 8,000 professional staff members, the LASD provides general service law enforcement to 43 municipalities that encompass more than 3,000,000 citizens. Formed in 1850, the LASD has a prestigious track record of aligning itself with superior products and companies to better assist and protect California residents. James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, "The decision by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department represents a significant milestone in the history of the Smith & Wesson M&P Pistol Series. The LASD has long been characterized by its high performance standards and comprehensive testing procedures for duty equipment. We view the department's selection of the Smith & Wesson M&P9 as an endorsement of the winning attributes of the pistol as well as the professional services that support it." Widely known throughout the law enforcement community for its objective testing procedures and high standards, the LASD procured samples of the Smith & Wesson M&P pistol for testing and evaluation. After rigorous testing against a wide range of competitive products, the M&P pistol delivered superior results in the areas of quality and reliability. The M&P pistol was noted for its high-grade professional features and ability to accommodate individual officer preferences. The LASD will begin issuing the M&P9 pistol chambered in 9mm upon the completion of the department's transitional requirements.