On Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, Smith & Wesson issued a safety recall on its new pump-action, bullpup, M&P12 shotgun. The company decided to issue the safety recall after it received two reports of cracked barrels on the M&P12 in the field. As a result of these findings, Smith & Wesson is implementing this safety recall on all M&P12 shotguns manufactured prior to Oct. 15, 2021. The company is doing so in order find and fix any other M&P12 shoguns which might also have barrel anomalies or conditions, to ensure the safety, function and performance of the shotguns for customers.
In light of these issues and due to the two field reports, Smith & Wesson asks that all current owners of M&P12 shoguns stop using them immediately. Smith & Wesson also asks that all current M&P12 shotgun owners contact the company via phone at (833) 957-3476, or by email at [email protected] for instructions as well as a prepaid shipping label to return their shotgun to the company for safety inspection.
The M&P12 was first announced in August 2021 and is the first firearm of its type to be introduced into the Smith & Wesson M&P product category. Chambered for 12-gauge, the unique bullpup-style design of the M&P12 uses two two separate feeding tubes, which are fed through an opening at the bottom of the lower receiver behind the grip and trigger. There are also several other features and accessory capabilities with the M&P12 design, which were covered in greater detail by American Rifleman in a news release.
For more information on the Smith & Wesson M&P12 bullpup shotgun or for the safety recall concerning it, visit smith-wesson.com.