Smith & Wesson Broadens Thompson Center Venture Recall

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PRODUCT: ALL Thompson Center Venture Rifles manufactured prior to October 28, 2011.

DESCRIPTION OF THE HAZARD: During an internal technical review, Smith & Wesson identified a condition that may exist with the sear supplied with some rifles that would allow the rifle to fire without the trigger being pulled. In the interest of consumer safety, we are initiating this recall to allow for the prompt inspection and, if necessary, the repair of each rifle.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PRODUCT INVOLVED: This broadens the recall announced by Smith & Wesson on November 8, 2011. This recall applies to ALL Venture rifles manufactured prior to October 28, 2011. To determine if your rifle is affected, please reference the serial number list located at or by calling Smith & Wesson directly at
1-800-713-0356. If your serial number does not fall within the list of affected serial numbers, your rifle is not part of this recall.

REMEDY/ACTION TO BE TAKEN: STOP USING YOUR RIFLE. Any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential to cause injury or death, and we ask that you stop using your rifle until we have an opportunity to inspect the sear to make certain that there is no condition which will allow the rifle to fire without the trigger being pulled. To facilitate the inspection and, if necessary, repair of your rifle, please contact Smith & Wesson's customer service department to receive instructions and a prepaid return label for the return of your rifle to Smith & Wesson. When you return your rifle to Smith & Wesson, be sure to attach the completed information card received from Smith & Wesson, so that your rifle can be returned to you as quickly and efficiently as possible.

VERIFICATION OF CORRECTIVE ACTION: When your rifle is returned, you should note a punch dot on the trigger assembly. See the photograph below. This punch dot is confirmation that your sear has been inspected and the hazard has not been found or has been corrected. When your rifle sear is returned, you should also note a red checkmark on the label on the outside of your box. See the photograph above. This checkmark is further confirmation that your sear has been inspected and the hazard has not been found or has been corrected.

CONSUMER CONTACT: Please contact Smith & Wesson directly at 1-800-713-0356, or at to arrange for the inspection and repair, if necessary, of your rifle.


Retired2hunt's picture

  I think it is very


I think it is very appropriate that a Company understands it has a manufacturing defect and they then provide the proper recall of that item so it can be corrected - and in this case possibly save lives.  Smith & Wesson is a great firearms company.  They recently decided to get out of the home security system business and focus on what they have done best historicalyl - make quality firearms.  I own one of their 9mm and have no issues with its performance.  I know S&W does make a very good firearm and this recall should be a small setback that eventually makes them a better company.  Could this have been found prior to mass manufacturing?  Maybe but this should definitely adjust their current quality control process in order to eliminate any future same recall on any other firearm they produce.

My other comment here is that I think it is on the onus of the Company to contact the respective firearm owners.  Hopefully S&M is doing this using the serial number data with sales records in addition to these various communications.  Here is the link to the web site specifics -

There are 7 other recalls listed on the sight - just an FYI.


hunter25's picture

I hate when I see recalls

I hate when I see recalls like this. First of all the safety issue is a huge one and makes you wonder how they first noticed the problem. Did people get hurt already or did this show up in testing? It drives home the importance of safety and muzzle control at all times to avoid an accident that otherwise is not your fault. Secondly there are few American companies left and things like this really put the hurt on them. Smith has come a long way in the last few years and staged a big comeback. This will cost them huge and put a dark spot on the name for awhile. Ruger has had far too many recalls the last few years as well but has done a very good job of making it right. Hopefully Smith will do just as well and be able to continue moving ahead after this is over.