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 to the right is a Smith and Wesson hand ejector circa 1935. Visit the collectors gallery for samples of more rare guns.

Our Mission

Connecticut Valley Historical Museum

The Mission of the Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation is to provide funding and guidance for the research, preservation and display of historical materials of Smith & Wesson. At present the bulk of these materials reside in the archives of the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum (CVHM), in Springfield MA . Stored in some 500 boxes are the records and correspondence of over 100 years of Smith & Wesson business activity. Our aim is to supply the funding necessary to create digital images of these documents, providing access to them via a computer database and 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)