Thompson Center Venture Rifle Recall

Smith & Wesson is recalling the Thompson Center Venture Rifle after discovering that sears were not manufactured to specifications. The recall notice is below …


PRODUCT: Thompson Center Venture Rifle.

DESCRIPTION OF THE HAZARD: During an internal technical review, Smith & Wesson determined that some of the sears used on Venture rifles produced from August 1, 2011 to October 28, 2011, may not have been manufactured to specification. Because the sear is an important part of the firing mechanism, we are asking that all of the rifles produced during this time period be returned to Smith & Wesson so that the firearm can be inspected by our technicians to ensure that the rifle operates in a safe and appropriate manner.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PRODUCT INVOLVED: This recall applies only to Venture rifles manufactured from August 1, 2011 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, 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 repair, if necessary, of your rifle sear, 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 sear can be inspected and repaired, and 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. This punch dot is 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.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • R.T Robertson

    I have had nothing but trouble with my Thompson/Center Venture and this company’s customer service, first the all plastic magazine failed and when I tried to get it touch with them about getting a new one replaced they were on back order. I was leaving for an elk hunting trip and tried to explain that this was holding me up, the rep. on the other end seemed to not care. However it did arrive the day I was leaving only to fail the exact same way the original did! Now this in the middle deer season-lease paid in full and 340 miles from my house and other rifles… I cant believe I was going to buy this rifle in another caliber.

  • Jon Etheredge

    What happened to Thompson Center? I bought a TC Hot Shot .22 in November 2011 and within a week the stock broke off at the attachment bolt. A quick inspection showed paint at the fracture line INSIDE the casting – a condition suggesting voids in the cast frame. I complained and a week later was sent a prepaid FedEx label for sending the weapon back. Eight weeks later, my dealer received the repaired rifle (they fit a new frame to my existing barrel). Immediately, I started suffering from light primer strikes. I complained again, but Smith & Wesson took no action. Ten days later I wrote a follow-up email. Once again, it was ignored. Today, I discovered a new problem – the scope mounting holes drilled at the factory were misaligned, warping the scope rail.

    I own this rifle, now. I can’t hunt with it because I never know whether it will fire. I can’t mount a scope without redrilling the barrel and attaching a non-standard rail. I can’t send it back to TC Customer Service because they won’t respond to my email requests. I can’t trust the Thompson Center name any more. They did the best they could to achieve the lowest acceptable standards of professionalism, and in my eyes they failed.

    Pity. It used to mean something to have the Thompson Center name on a gun.