Smith & Wesson’s firearms division president steps down
By Christen Smith
Matt Buckingham, senior vice president of American Outdoor Brands, will resign from the company effective Dec. 8. (Photo: Matt Buckingham/Linkedin)
Matt Buckingham, president of Smith & Wesson’s firearms division, resigned last week, according to regulatory documents filed Nov. 24 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Buckingham said he would step down from his top role at the prolific handgun manufacturer effective Dec. 8 to “pursue other interests.”
Smith & Wesson’s holding company — American Outdoor Brands, of which Buckingham serves as senior vice president — said in financial documents CEO James Debney would fulfill the role in the meantime.
The rugged outdoors conglomerate counts Smith & Wesson as its top-earner in a portfolio of more than two dozen brands including Gemtech, Crimson Trace, Bubba Blade and Old Timer.
Buckingham joined Smith & Wesson’s executive management team in April 2016 after more than a decade at the helm of Brownells. In the 18 months since, gun makers and retailers alike have weathered a volatile sales market reacting to competing political pressures.
From the heights of the industry’s biggest year ever pre-election to the lows of a historically weak summer, exacerbated by rock bottom prices and excess inventory, profits are down across the industry.
American Outdoor Brands reported a