Welcome to
Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation

Insuring that the rich history of Smith & Wesson will continue for generations to come



Smith & Wesson has a long and storied history as one of the premier firearms manufacturers in the world. In 1852 Horace Smith and D.B.Wesson started the company whose name today still stands for high quality and leading design technology. The rich history of the company has provided a source of fascinating archival information and firearms that is treasured by collectors around the world.

Pictured above a Smith and Wesson hand ejector circa 1935. Visit the collectors gallery for samples of more rare guns.


Our Mission

The Mission of the Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation is to provide the funding and guidance for the research, preservation and display of historical materials of Smith & Wesson.The Foundation is working with the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, the Smith & Wesson Collector's Association, Smith & Wesson and others to accomplish our mission. The SWHF has digitized the original materials residing in the archives of the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History in Springfield, MA. Some 500 boxes containing correspondence of over 100 years of Smith & Wesson business activity have been digitized to date preserving them for future generations.


The SWHF was founded in early 2007 by Sheryl and Ray Cheely, as avid Smith & Wesson collectors for over 30 years, they felt there was a great need to provide a funding method for the activities now being pursued by the Foundation.

Their hope was to insure that the rich history of Smith & Wesson and its’ products will continue to captivate collectors and historians for many generations to come.

Ray has since passed on and his friendship, knowledge and leadership are sadly missed. Sheryl continues to take an active leadership role in the Foundation.

The Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3)