Winchester is issuing a recall on its select SXP shotguns following the discovery of a malfunction that causes the gun to fire without pulling the trigger.
“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,” states the recall notice.
“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,” it continues. “Please be prepared to provide the serial number of your firearm.”
Winchester is urging consumers with any SXP to contact the Consumer Administrative Center ASAP:
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.