S&W has been ripping off other companies’ products, especially Colt’s, for over 150 years, and the leopard hasn’t changed his spots. The current management is following in the footsteps of their predecessors, as evidenced by the recent introduction of their “new” 1911 auto pistol. Not only are they copying the famous Colt/Browning pistol, they aren’t even making their knock-off themselves; it is assembled largely from after market parts.
Smith & Wesson is not a tiny shop assembling these pistols individually. They are the largest handgun maker in the world! Have they no pride? (A rhetorical questions, since they obviously don’t.)
S&W is a huge print advertiser, and that has made them a “holy cow,” insulated by the press from the consequences of their actions. Or, in the case of the Smith & Wesson/Clinton Administration sell-out (creating what some called “Clinton & Wesson”), forgiven as soon as they (again!) changed their management team.