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Smith & Wesson Issues M&P15-22 Consumer Safety Alert

Smith & Wesson issued what they're calling a consumer safety alert for all M&P15-22 rifles and pistols manufactured before February 1, 2019. At this time, if you own one of the affected rifles manufactured before that date, please stop use and have it inspected.

Smith & Wesson found two M&P15-22 firearms where the breech face counter bore depth was out of specification causing dangerous malfunctions. The lack of depth may allow the closing bolt to crush the rim of the case causing the round to fire, cycling the bolt, and potentially firing multiple times without depressing the trigger.

To find out if your M&P15-22 is one of the affected models, the bolt must be inspected. To do it yourself, order this tool, currently free of charge from the S&W website. If the gauge sits higher than flush, it's out of spec and could cause a deadly malfunction.

This picture shows the out of spec parts in question:

You could also send the bolt in to S&W for them to inspect, if you don't feel comfortable doing so yourself.

For more information on this consumer safety alert, please visit their website. In addition, we embedded their video explaining how to disassemble your M&P-22 as well as more detailed instructions on inspection than we provided here.

Here is their video:

If you have one of the affected bolts, Smith & Wesson has said that they will replace it at no cost to you, cover shipping, and get you your new one as quickly as possible.

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2 Responses to Smith & Wesson Issues M&P15-22 Consumer Safety Alert

  1. Scott March 12, 2019 at 12:47 pm #

    I’ve seen so many comments saying yes full auto. With this malfunction there could be a lot of people getting shot. When you rack that bullet in it will just start shooting no matter where the barrel is pointing or if the safety is on or off. I already ordered a gauge to check mine.

  2. John March 14, 2019 at 8:15 pm #

    Ordered a gauge to check mine as well but have not gotten the promised email from them
    acknowledging my order…a bit concerned that the website is not working as intended or that they have been overwhelmed with responses.

    For myself, they could have just given the minimum dimension of the counter bore depth to the bolt face.

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