After my tour of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, I still had some daylight to play with so I drove to see Smith & Wesson’s Springfield, Mass. factory. I knew I would not be able to get inside the compound, and have seen quite a bit of it already on various gun TV shows like Michael Bane’s “Shooting Gallery” and Tom Gresham’s “Guns and Gear” anyway. But I thought it was worth driving by and snapping a couple quick photos anyway. The historic art deco building out front is the most distinguishing part of the whole place anyway, which otherwise looks like what it is: a working factory.
In addition to Smith & Wesson’s living presence, gun manufacturing is an important part of the history of the Connecticut River Valley (hence, “Gun Valley”), and therefore is also a major aspect of the history of the City of Springfield.
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