S&W 22A Pistol Recall

Smith and Wesson have announced a recall of the S&W 22A Pistol.

Smith & Wesson has identified a condition that may exist in certain model 22-A pistols. Based on our ongoing product review, we have determined that the slides of certain pistols manufactured from August 1, 2008 to February 19, 2009, may not meet the design specification. This can create a situation where insufficient headspace exists creating a risk of unintended discharge.


Any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential for causing injury, and we ask that you stop using your pistol immediately

Over at GunNuts, VegasChris posted a link to photos of his 22A pistol which self-destructed

You can see the raw metal where the piece was blown off

Hat Tip: Caleb @ Gun Nuts Media

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  • Carl

    The kaboom apparently is unrelated to the unintended discharges.

  • Vak

    Would an unsafe fiream retail higher for collectors ?

    I mean, in a way, those are rare and quite unique. Like a misprinted stamp for people who collect stamps.

  • Ken

    Lol recall for slamfires….Fullauto 22 pistol anyone? Hard to believe a 22 can beat down something like that. Dont think so Vak…

  • David

    I doubt it Vak, lately it seems like recalls are the rule instead of the exception at S&W nowadays.

  • Michael

    Just recieved mine back from the recall retrofit. Took about 2 weeks including shipping time!

  • Aaron

    How can I tell when my 22A was manufactured to know if I need to send mine back in? Mine also stove pipes so any clues as to how to fix? I like this pistol but I will get a more reliable one if I need to, as in move away from S&W.

  • Felix

    how can I know that my 22A S&W is on the recall list since I purchase on oct 2009 brand new?