Head’s up folks! Smith & Wesson has issued a safety recall of ALL M&P Shield pistols manufactured prior to August 19, 2013. Full details of the recall can be seen here:
The description of the problem reads as follows:
Smith & Wesson has identified a condition where the trigger bar pin could damage the lower trigger in certain M&P Shields in a way that may affect the functionality of the drop safety feature of the firearm, potentially allowing the pistol to discharge if it is dropped.
Any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential to cause injury, and we ask that you STOP USING YOUR PISTOL IMMEDIATELY UNTIL IT HAS BEEN INSPECTED AND, IF THE CONDITION IS FOUND, REPAIRED.
This Safety Alert applies to all M&P Shield pistols manufactured before August 19, 2013. We believe this condition is largely limited to recently manufactured M&P Shield pistols. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are asking all consumers of all M&P Shields manufactured before August 19, 2013 to immediately inspect their pistols for this condition.
If you’re not comfortable with inspecting your gun on your own, you can have a certified armorer do it for you. Lots of local dealers have certified armorers on staff who will be able to assist you. I inspected my M&P Shield (manufactured in March of 2012) today. No repairs are necessary for my personal copy of this gun.