RECALL: Winchester Shotgun Recalled Over Possible “Unintentional Discharges” [VIDEO]
You’ve probably seen the above viral video that is making the rounds on social media depicting what appears to be an unintended discharge of a Winchester shotgun.
Well, just a few days after the release of the video, Winchester has announced a recall of some of their SXP shotguns. Here are the details directly from Winchester:
Winchester Repeating Arms has discovered that a limited number of SXP (3 ½” chamber) shotguns (also called the Super X Pump) may, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge while closing the action. Failure to return any affected shotguns for inspection and/or repair may create a risk of harm, including serious personal injury or death.
If you own one of the following firearms, please immediately contact our Winchester Consumer Administrative Center to find out if your firearm is affected and should be returned. Please be prepared to provide the serial number of your firearm.
DO NOT LOAD OR SHOOT ANY OF THE SHOTGUNS LISTED ABOVE CURRENTLY IN YOUR POSSESSION OR CONTROL UNTIL YOU HAVE CONTACTED THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CONSUMER ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER.
If you have purchased one or more of the shotguns listed above, and have confirmed with the Winchester Consumer Administrative Center that it is an affected shotgun, please note that such shotguns should not, under any circumstance, be loaded or fired until they have been inspected and/or repaired by the Winchester Repeating Arms Service Center.
For further information and instructions, please contact the Winchester Consumer Administrative Center:
Winchester also provided some information to determine if your shotgun is affected by this recall:
HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOUR SXP HAS ALREADY BEEN INSPECTED AND/OR REPAIRED.
Upon inspection and/or repair by the Winchester Repeating Arms Service Center, all SXPs affected by this recall will be inconspicuously marked on the front of the receiver as shown below in the illustration. If an SXP already has this marking, the firearm has been inspected and/or repaired.
To view the mark use a flashlight or other light source to peer past the action bars to the front of the receiver. To view the mark more easily, you can remove the barrel. Remember to . . .
ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. BEFORE REMOVING THE BARREL OPEN THE ACTION AND VISUALLY INSPECT THE CHAMBER TO BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THE FIREARM IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. PLACE THE “SAFETY” IN THE ON SAFE POSITION. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS WARNING COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
– After assuring your shotgun is unloaded, unscrew the magazine cap.
– Pull the barrel forward and off the magazine tube, away from the receiver.
– Look for the indented dot on the front to the receiver, on the left side.
– When the inspection is complete, return the barrel to its original position and tighten the magazine cap.
ILLUSTRATION BELOW SHOWN WITH THE ACTION BARS REMOVED FOR CLARITY.