Air Venturi air rifles are being recalled due to one of the worst design flaws imaginable: they can still fire with their safeties on.
If you recently acquired an Evanix Speed or an Evanix Conquest of the .177, .22, or .25 caliber, then you may need to unload your weapon, pack it in a box, and ship it back to its South Korea manufacturers. Including an angry letter is optional.
These rifles are sporting a defective safety, which only works most of of the time. If you pull the trigger violently, there is a chance that the safety could flip off and the weapon could fire.
On the bright side, these defective rifles shouldn’t be too widespread. They were distributed through Ohio in Air Venturi, Pyramid Air, Top Airgun, and Straight Shooter stores in March of 2012. If you visited on of these stores, there’s a good chance that Air Venturi has already contacted you, requesting the rifle back. Air Venturi has offered to repair these $1,800 rifles free of charge. They’re even willing to cover all of the postage and shipping and handling. After all, it’s the least they could do after a blunder like that.
Even if you haven’t visited these Ohio stores and you have one of these rifle models, we recommend that you contact Air Venturi during EST business hours at 216-292-2570 to determine if your rifle needs to be recalled.
Try and get the word out. There haven’t been any injuries related to this manufacturing error so far, and we’d all like to keep it that way.