Winchester Repeating Arms is issuing a recall on select models of SXP — aka Super X Pump — shotguns with 3.5-inch chambers. The potential issue is extremely dangerous and can lead to shotguns discharging on closing the action. If you have one of these Winchester SXP shotguns you should immediately stop using it and contact Winchester.
The following 3.5-inch 12-gauge Winchester SXP shotguns may be affected: the 26- and 28-inch SXP Waterfoul Hunter, the 26- and 28-inch SXP Black Shadow, the 24-inch SXP Turkey Hunter and the 24-inch SXP Long Beard.
Given the serious, potentially life-and-death nature of this recall, if you own a Winchester SXP shotgun, make sure it’s not one of these guns as soon as possible, and if it is, call or email Winchester right away.
“If you own one of the following firearms, please immediately contact our Winchester Consumer Administrative Center to find out if your firearm is affected and should be returned,” the company said in a safety recall announcement. “Please be prepared to provide the serial number of your firearm.”
“If you have purchased one or more of the shotguns listed above, and have confirmed with the Winchester Consumer Administrative Center that it is an affected shotgun, please note that such shotguns should not, under any circumstance, be loaded or fired until they have been inspected and/or repaired by the Winchester Repeating Arms Service Center.”
If you think your shotgun might be fall under this recall and even if you’re just not sure and want to talk with someone at Winchester to be certain, call 800-945-5372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Winchester has not disclosed the nature of the issue, which is common, so assume that your gun is potentially affected until you confirm otherwise.
After inspection by Winchester armorer and repairs if necessary, Winchester customer service staff will peen-mark the receivers to show they have are in good and working order. Inspected receivers will be marked on the front of the receiver under the barrel behind the action bar on the right side. “If an SXP already has this marking, the firearm has been inspected and/or repaired,” explains Winchester.