Winchester has issued an official recall on a limited number of SXP, or Super X Pump, pump-action shotguns with a 3 1/2-inch chamber. These shotguns may fire unintentionally when the action is closing—even if the safety is on.
Shotguns that have been recalled are 12 gauge models of the SXP Waterfowl Hunter, Black Shadow, Turkey Hunter and Long Beard.
If you own one of these shotguns, DO NOT LOAD OR SHOOT IT. Contact Winchester at 1-800-945-5372 or via email at SXP@winchesterguns.com with your firearm’s serial number ready to find out if your gun is affected by the safety recall.
Winchester will provide instructions on how to send your shotgun back to them for inspection and correction of this very important safety issue.
A video going viral demonstrates how important it is to NOT LOAD the Winchester SXP if you suspect your model may be affected.
Some SXP shotguns may have already been inspected and fixed, Winchester posted instructions on how to safely examine your gun. However, as a precaution, you are strongly encouraged to contact Winchester to make sure your particular SXP or Super X Pump is safe to fire.
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.
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