Nov 132011

“Booger picker off the bang switch” not working on these ones…
[and recent word now has it that some of these rifles WERE sold in Canada]

Smith & Wesson has issued a product recall notice for all TC Venture rifles made before 10/28/11, broadening a previous recall issued on 11/8/11.  There seems to be a problem with the sear on some of them that can cause the gun to go off without the trigger even being touched!  Totally not a good thing…

First things first, if you have one of these, STOP USING IT and check the information below to see if the recall might apply to you.  If it does, just follow the instructions on the table below.

NOTE: While there don’t seem to be any instructions for Canadian customers yet (none that I could find, anyway), those details will be posted here as soon as S&W can be contacted and asked — most likely early Monday.

UPDATE (11/15):  Per S&W, none of the affected rifles were from lots intended for export, so they all should still be located inside the US.  Should.

UPDATE 2 (11/28):  It seems that, contrary to word from S&W, at least some of these rifles were in fact sold in Canada.  One customer purchased his rifle at Cabelas in Winterpeg in late ’09, and got a call from them on the 17th advising him not to use his rifle.  A quick SN check revealed that yes, it was one of the rifles on the list.  Another may have been purchased in Saskatoon.

While it has not been confirmed yet, reps at the Winnipeg Cabelas have suggested that Lyle at Ultimate Accuracy in St. Andrews may be performing repairs on these for S&W.  More to follow…

UPDATE 3 (11/29):  So far, S&W has only advised that “this info will go public tomorrow but there have been centers established to help with this process.”  One of them is Murray Charlton Enterprises, in Brentwood Bay, B.C. (Phone: 778-426-3884 Fax: 778-426-3886).  More on this when we know it.

UPDATE 4 (12/19): Okay everybody, sorry for taking so long about this (’tis the season to be frantic and all) but here’s the latest from the horse’s mouth.  Canadian owners can contact any one of the below listed “warranty stations” to get your gun fixed:

    BOX 42
    B.C.,  CANADA V8M 1R3
    Phone: 778-426-3884
    Fax: 778-426-3886
    BOX 411
    Phone: 519-352-0924
    Phone: 416-242-4867
    Fax: 416-242-2829

Don’t see anything near you?  Don’t give up just yet, we’ll have more as we get it…

Enter Venture Rifle Return Information (S&W website) ←


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 the link below 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.

Click Here For List of Recalled Serial Numbers


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 sear 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.

Punch Dot


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: To receive a FedEx pre-paid label and shipping instructions to arrange for the modification of your Venture Rifle click here or contact Smith & Wesson directly at 1-800-713-0356, or at to arrange for the inspection and repair, if necessary, of your rifle.


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