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GUN-MAKER ADDS BIKES FOR POLICE TO PRODUCT LINE

Smith & Wesson has a new product, and the company guarantees that the police will appreciate its stopping power.

It's not a .44 Magnum, or even a .357 -- it's a bicycle.

The nation's largest maker of handguns has wheeled out a line of police bicycles complete with lights and sirens.

David Sargeant, business manager for Smith & Wesson, estimated Monday that more than 20,000 police officers across the country now patrol on bicycles and said that their numbers are expected to increase.

While several bicycle companies, including Raleigh, Trek and BMW, make special police models of their mountain bikes, Smith & Wesson sees its entry as an expansion of a law enforcement equipment line that includes everything from handcuffs to identification kits.

For now, Smith & Wesson's police bicycles, which went into production in September, use components made by other manufacturers. The prices for its 24-speed mountain bikes range from $750 to $1,200.

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