Smith and Wesson have issued a recall on their popular M&P shied EZ Pistols that were manufactured between 20 March 2020 and 31 October 2020. They noticed on two pistols that the hammers were cracked and failed to engage the sear which caused the gun to have multiple discharges.
According to the recall website:
Smith & Wesson has identified two M&P Shield EZ Pistols on which the hammers manufactured by our supplier were cracked. In those firearms, the hammer failed to fully engage the sear, causing the round to fire, cycling the slide, and potentially resulting in multiple discharges without depressing the trigger. This issue can occur in the following two scenarios:
- With a loaded magazine in the firearm and the grip safety depressed, releasing the slide (by pulling it back, or releasing the slide stop), may ignite the round as the slide closes, without engaging the trigger. The condition may occur, regardless of the manual thumb safety position if equipped. This may also result in multiple discharges.
- With a loaded magazine in the firearm, the grip safety depressed, manual safety in the fire position, slide closed, and a round in the chamber, pulling the trigger will cause the round to fire normally, however as the slide cycles, the next round may be ignited as it is chambered by the hammer failing to fully engage the sear, causing multiple discharges.
In all cases, the firearm will NOT fire unless the grip safety is depressed. While this condition has been found only in two hammers, and our investigation suggests that these two incidents are very isolated, any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential to cause injury. Therefore, we have established this Safety Recall as a precautionary measure to ensure that all M&P Shield EZ Pistols in service meet our design specifications.
If you have one of the pistols STOP using it until it can be inspected and fixed by Smith and Wesson. They expect the fix to take approximately 10 business days.
Over the last year many people have purchased fire arms for the first time. If you know of someone that has purchased this make and modal please get with them and help them out. Gun owners need to stick together and help each other out.
Information on how to get a pistol fixed can be found here https://www.mpshieldezrecall.com/