November 08, 2011
By J. Scott Rupp
Thompson/Center is recalling Venture rifles manufactured prior to October 28, 2011. [Update: Previous versions of this post referred to rifles manufactured from August 1, 2011, to October 28, 2011. The recall now applies to ALL Ventures built prior to October 28, 2011] To determine if your rifle is affected, please reference the serial number list or by calling Smith & Wesson (which owns Thompson/Center) 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.
During an internal technical review, Smith & Wesson determined that some of the sears used on Thompson Center Venture rifles produced prior to October 28, 2011, may not have been manufactured to specification. Because this could lead to an unsafe condition — the rifle could fire without the trigger being pulled — owners of the affected Venture rifles should stop using them immediately.
Contact Smith & Wesson customer service at the phone number above or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to facilitate the inspection and repair, if necessary, of your rifle sear. They'll give you 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.