Smith & Wesson, now American Outdoor Brands, acquired Columbia, Missouri-based Battenfield Technologies back in 2015. You probably know that Battenfield makes a wide range of shooting, reloading, gunsmithing and gun cleaning products. One of those products is a Smith & Wesson M&P-branded complete lower parts kit for AR-15 rifles. It seems the hammers included in the kits have a problem that could cause unintended discharges and Battenfield has issued a recall.
Just to be clear, the recall does not have anything to do with Smith’s factory-made M&P rifles…only the aftermarket parts kits. Here’s the press release they issued last night:
Battenfeld Technologies, Inc. (BTI) has announced a recall involving its M&P AR-15 Rifle Lower Parts Kit Complete, an aftermarket parts kit. This recall does NOT include and is not related to Smith & Wesson (S&W) factory produced complete M&P rifles.
The M&P AR-15 Rifle Lower Parts Kit Complete, identified as Item No. 110114, consists of the parts necessary to build a complete lower receiver for an AR-15 style modern sporting rifle. BTI is recalling all kits distributed prior to September 12, 2017, which do not exceed more than 4,700 kits. Kits sold during this time period may have been supplied with an incorrect hammer, which may lead to a failure of certain rifles to function as intended, including a potential risk of an unintended discharge. These kits were available for purchase online and through select retailers and distributors, including Turner’s Outdoorsman, Cabela’s, among others.
If you purchased a product advertised as an M&P AR-15 Rifle Lower Parts Kit Complete (Item No. 110114) during the referenced timeframe, please contact BTI at (877) 416-5167 or [email protected] to arrange for the return of your kit and the issuance of a replacement hammer. While you are awaiting the replacement hammer, any rifle assembled with an M&P AR-15 Rifle Lower Parts Kit Complete should NOT be used.