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Smith and Wesson Recalls All i-Bolt Rifle Bolts

January 26, 2009.

From Smith and Wesson:

Smith and Wesson has identified a condition that may exist with the bolt supplied with some of its i-Bolt rifles that would allow the striker to become disengaged from its locking tabs during cycling of the bolt, allowing the rifle to fire without the trigger being pulled. In the interest of consumer safety, Smith and Wesson has issued a recall to allow for the prompt inspection and, if necessary, repair and replacement of each bolt.

This recall applies to the bolts of all i-Bolt rifles manufactured by Smith and Wesson prior to Dec. 1, 2008.

If you own an i-Bolt rifle manufactured prior to Dec. 1, Smith & Wesson asks that you stop using your rifle until the company has had the opportunity to inspect the bolt to make certain that there is no condition which will allow the striker to disengage.

To facilitate the inspection and repair of your rifle bolt, please contact Smith & Wesson’s customer service department at 1-800-331-0852 or to receive instructions and a call tag for the return of your bolt to Smith & Wesson. You may also click here to enter your i-Bolt return information.

When you return your bolt to Smith & Wesson, be sure to attach the completed information card received from Smith & Wesson so that your bolt can be inspected, repaired and returned to you as quickly and efficiently as possible.

When your rifle bolt is returned, you should note a punch dot on the handle of the bolt. (Please see the above photo.) This punch dot is confirmation that your bolt has been inspected and is safe to use.

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