A man by the name of Stephen Floyd purchased a new Winchester SXP shotgun, only to discover an incredibly dangerous slamfire when he chambers a cartridge, even with the safety on and his hands nowhere near the trigger.
To their credit, Winchester has quickly issued a recall for the affected firearms:
“Winchester Repeating Arms has discovered that a limited number of SXP (3½-inch 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.”
Guns listed under the recall include are the Waterfowl Hunter (26- or 28-inch barrel), Black Shadow (26- or 28-inch barrel), Turkey Hunter (24-inch barrel) and Long Beard (24-inch barrel).
Do not load or fire any of these guns. For more information call 1-800-945-5372 or email [email protected]
This video is an example of an actual accidental discharge. The shooter did everything right, but a failure of the firearm (in this instance, manufacturing and/or designed related) resulted in the firearm discharging when it was not supposed to fire.
Fortunately, Mr. Floyd kept his muzzle pointed in a safe direction, so that even these accidental discharges did not cause any harm.