Savage Arms has issued a recall this week on the relatively new B.Mag rifle. It’s possible for some rifles to disengage the safety while closing the bolt, putting the rifle in a ready to fire condition.
In order for this to occur the user must press down on the bolt while closing it, but because of the serious nature of the problem Savage will replace the bolt handle and bolt cap on all B.Mag rifles built to-date. There have been no reports of problems or injuries stemming from the problem.
The revised parts are more compact and can be identified by the flat bolt cap and markings on the bolt handle. If you are the owner of a Savage B.Mag please visit the B.Mag safety recall website for information on receiving your retrofit B.Mag bolt or call (844) 784-3301 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST for Savage customer support.
The B.Mag was introduced in 2013 along with the new, high-velocity rimfire cartridge, .17 WSM. Firing one of the most powerful rimfire rounds on the market, the B.Mag was developed for target shooters and as a hunting rifle for larger varmints. Moving at speeds up to 3,000 feet per second, .17 WSM projectile leave the muzzle with up to 400 foot-pounds of force, well into centerfire territory.
Although no one has been hurt by this, the combination of the safety issue with the high-velocity cartridge presents a potentially-lethal problem and B.Mag owners should not hesitate in participating in the recall.
Savage recommends that all B.Mag owners stop using their rifles until they are retrofit with the new components. The retrofit process is, of course, completely free. The B.Mag is the only Savage product affected by this recall.