This week, we saw a video depicting a man with a Winchester SXP (brand new) exhibiting extremely dangerous slamfire characteristics – simply closing the action and chambering a shell fires the gun.

You can see that even with the safety switch enabled and his hand well away from the trigger, Stephen Floyd of Kentucky easily sets the gun off repeatedly. A second video (with fewer views) corroborates the first. How could these shotguns have made it out of the factory?

This is great reminder about one of the four vital ACTS of firearm safety: controlling the muzzle direction at all times.

It doesn’t matter what your circumstances – you need to exercise impeccable muzzle control no matter how safe you think your firearm is. Incidents like this one can (and too often do) end in tragedy.

After Floyd posted the video online, it was viewed some 700,000 views of the video as of tonight’s post (posted only 4 days ago on April 17, 2015).

Winchester Repeating Arms has issued a recall for what it calls a “limited number” of affected scattergats (although Winchester hasn’t confirmed that the videos were a catalyst for that action).

In Saskatchewan, we’ve heard from at least one shooter (through our Facebook page) that his Winchester SXP here in the True North has the defect just the same as these Americans’ guns, so please be on the lookout and proactively let your friends/family know about this if they shoot late-model SXP shotguns.

Winchester’s recall notice reads:

WINCHESTER SXP (3½” CHAMBER) SHOTGUN
SAFETY WARNING AND RECALL NOTICE

Winchester Repeating Arms has discovered that a limited number of SXP (3 ½” chamber) shotguns (also called the Super X Pump) may, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge while closing the action. Failure to return any affected shotguns for inspection and/or repair may create a risk of harm, including serious personal injury or death.

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. Please be prepared to provide the serial number of your firearm.

SXP Waterfowl Hunter – 3½”, 12-gauge, 26″ or 28″ barrel
SXP Black Shadow – 3½”, 12-gauge, 26″ or 28″ barrel
SXP Turkey Hunter – 3½”, 12-gauge, 24″ barrel
SXP Long Beard – 3½”, 12-gauge, 24″ barrel

DO NOT LOAD OR SHOOT ANY OF THE SHOTGUNS LISTED ABOVE CURRENTLY IN YOUR POSSESSION OR CONTROL UNTIL YOU HAVE CONTACTED THE WINCHESTER CONSUMER ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER

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 fired until they have been inspected and/or repaired by the Winchester Repeating Arms Service Center.

For further information and instructions, please contact the Winchester Consumer Administrative Center:

CALL: 1-800-945-5372
OR
EMAIL: [email protected]

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Stephen Floyd of Kentucky with his brand-new faulty Winchester SXP. Screen-grab courtesy YouTube – April 21, 2015.