Thompson/Center Arms [Smith & Wesson] has identified a possible problem where the safety lever in certain rifles may bind preventing the safety from becoming fully engaged. Closing the bolt may move the safety to the fire position. The problem seems to be in the sear, an important part of the firing mechanism.
The Venture model T/C rifle produced from August 1, 2011 to October 28, 2011 may not have been manufactured to specification involving the sear. Smith & Wesson offers the rifle to be returned for inspection and, if necessary, replacement of the sear.
However, Thompson/Center [Smith & Wesson] has initiated a recall to allow for inspection and, if necessary, the repair of each rifle. To determine if your rifle is affected, refer to serial number list located at:
You can also call Smith & Wesson directly at 1-800-713-0356.
NOTE: Any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential to cause injury, so it is best to stop using the rifle until the sear has been inspected. When you return your rifle to Smith & Wesson [Thompson/Center], be sure to attach the completed information card received from Smith & Wesson, so your sear can be inspected and repaired/replaced; as well as return the rifle to you as quickly as possible. When your rifle is returned, you should see a punch dot on the trigger assembly. This is confirmation that your sear has been inspected and any possible hazard was not found and thus not corrected.