Smith & Wesson Issues Safety Alert For Response Carbines

posted on February 27, 2024
Safety Alert

Smith & Wesson has identified a condition in which an out-of-battery discharge can occur when certain Response bolts fail to fully close before the trigger is pulled. This potential condition has only been observed in a very limited number of the firearms, but out of an abundance of caution Smith & Wesson is asking consumers to immediately stop using any Response carbine included in this alert and return it to the company for inspection and any necessary repair.

The safety alert applies only to Smith & Wesson Response PCCs manufactured before Feb. 12, 2024. An out-of-battery discharge could rupture an unsupported case, which would vent gas through the upper receiver and magazine well. It could also possibly fracture a portion of the receiver.

Owners of Response pistol-caliber carbines can visit a special webpage the company has established to expedite processing or call Smith & Wesson customer service to determine whether their firearm is included in this alert. The company will arrange for the return of any gun included in this alert for inspection and repair. It will be repaired at no cost to the owner and returned as quickly and efficiently as possible. Smith & Wesson will cover all shipping and repair costs.

Affected units manufactured prior to Feb. 12, 2024, are included in this Consumer Safety Alert. Smith & Wesson’s webpage includes detailed instructions on locating the date of manufacture on the original box received at the time purchase. Those who have discarded the packaging can also enter the firearm’s serial number in a field at the bottom of the page to determine if inspection is required. When needed, owners will be asked to complete a pre-paid return label request form to return the rifle to Smith & Wesson. Customer service can also handle the process by phoning (855) 215-4924.


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