S&W Safety Alert: M&P 15-22 Needs Inspection

    Smith and Wesson just issued a safety alert regarding recent production M&P 15-22 rifles and pistols. According to the safety alert some M&P 15-22 bolts may be out of spec. They have issued a PDF and a video to help you find out if your M&P 15-22 is affected.

    The safety alert applies to ALL models of M&P15-22 rifles and pistols manufactured before February 1, 2019.

    There is a website where you can enter the serial number of your M&P 15-22 to see if it qualifies. Click here to go to the website.

    What is the safety concern?

    Smith & Wesson has identified two M&P15-22 firearms from recent production on which the breech face counter bore depth was not within manufacturing specification. In those firearms, the lack of depth may allow the bolt, upon closing, to crush the rim of the case, causing the round to fire, cycling the bolt, and potentially resulting in multiple discharges without depressing the trigger. This issue can occur in the following two scenarios:

    1) With a loaded magazine in the firearm and the bolt locked to the rear, depressing the bolt release to allow the bolt to drop freely may ignite the round as the bolt closes without engaging the trigger and with the safety selector in either the safe or the fire position, and may also result in multiple discharges.

    2) With a loaded magazine in the firearm, bolt in the closed position and a round in the chamber and the safety selector in the fire position, depressing the trigger will cause the round to fire normally, however as the bolt cycles, the next round may be ignited by the bolt crushing the rim of the case as it closes, causing multiple discharges.

    We believe that these are isolated incidents, however, any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential to cause injury. Therefore, we have developed this inspection procedure to ensure that all products in the field are safe to use. We are asking customers to perform the following procedure and to refrain from using their M&P15-22 until the bolt has been inspected and replaced as necessary.

    The bolt from your M&P15-22 must be inspected to determine whether it exhibits the condition identified in this notice. To determine whether your firearm is affected by this condition, please inspect your firearm by following the inspection instructions provided here.

    Right now Smith and Wesson are offering a free gauge to check your bolt face.

    If you want to perform the bolt inspection yourself, contact S&W for the free M&P15-22 BOLT INSPECTION GAUGE Part Number: 3012155

    Or go to this online ordering form to order one free of charge.

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