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Old 02-23-2003, 10:18 AM
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In the December 2002 issue of the American Rifleman (p. 85) is an Important Safety Notice concerning Howa rifles made between 1970 and 1993.
I just read it last night, while perusing the magazine.
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"Howa Machinery Ltd. of Japan is performing a safety upgrade on all Model 1500, 1550 and 1700LS series rifles manufactured between 1970 and 1993.
"The affected rifles bear serial numbers from one of the following series on the receiver: PN00010 through PN87159, LS00001 through LS05150, M000001 through M020422, LS10001 through LS10309, B000001 through B028450.
"The safety upgrade will replace the bolt sleeve to prevent misassembly of the bolt, which might occur on affected rifles. Such misassembly might result in a hazardous condition in which the rifle can be accidentally discharged without the bolt being fully engaged, causing severe injury.
"These rifles were distributed by Smith & Wesson, O.F. Mossberg and Sons and Interarms. These rifles may bear the distributor trademark.
"Stop using your rifle immediately and visit our website at www.regen.com/howa or call Howa at 1-800-456-5131 to receive a Bolt Return Kit.
"Only the bolt sleeve is being upgraded. Your bolt will be returned to you after the upgrade.
"NO OTHER HOWA RIFLES ARE AFFECTED. CHECK YOUR SERIAL NUMBER
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Old 08-03-2007, 07:43 AM
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Thanks for the warning mate,Lucky mine arent affected

Edited,i just noticed the date of the first post
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Old 08-03-2007, 07:54 AM
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I'm going to make this a sticky for a while
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:35 AM
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You know this is a 4 year old post don't you?
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Old 08-03-2007, 09:18 AM
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Well, there's still folks asking about the Winchester 100 recall, and it's over 10 years old. A safety recall is never out of date.

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Old 08-03-2007, 02:16 PM
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Im glad i found this info,even if it is 4 years old.Sometimes its how long it takes to filter through to us here in australia.

Have informed all my mates with howas.
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Old 09-14-2007, 07:39 PM
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Old post, but good info. I hadn't heard about it. I hope whoever got my S&W 1500 knows about this!
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Old 11-16-2007, 12:09 PM
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Thanks for the info Gatofeo.

I put together a Howa .30-06 barreled action and a Reinhart Fajen Rebel stock for my brother back when S&W was closing them out years ago. I'll let him know about it tonight.
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:48 PM
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I sent this to my hunting partner who owns a .300 Win mag by S&W, (Howa made). Sure enough, he has one of the recalled serial numbers. Thanks for the post.
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Old 09-26-2009, 07:07 PM
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I have a Smith & Wesson 223.....while on our four wheeler, carrying the gun on my back, we got to camp and saw that the bolt was completely missing. Is this something you all think I can go to HOWA with and ask them to replace it? I am 35 now, and this happened while on a trip with my dad at age 15. My dad gave me the gun a few years ago and I wanted to see if I could replace it through a parts store, but then I saw this post. It was our one and only daughter/father trip and I have very fond memories of it...especially me losing the bolt out of his gun! THANKS for keeping this thread open!!
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Old 03-25-2011, 03:01 PM
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In the December 2002 issue of the American Rifleman (p. 85) is an Important Safety Notice concerning Howa rifles made between 1970 and 1993.
I just read it last night, while perusing the magazine.
Anyway ...
"Howa Machinery Ltd. of Japan is performing a safety upgrade on all Model 1500, 1550 and 1700LS series rifles manufactured between 1970 and 1993.
"The affected rifles bear serial numbers from one of the following series on the receiver: PN00010 through PN87159, LS00001 through LS05150, M000001 through M020422, LS10001 through LS10309, B000001 through B028450.
"The safety upgrade will replace the bolt sleeve to prevent misassembly of the bolt, which might occur on affected rifles. Such misassembly might result in a hazardous condition in which the rifle can be accidentally discharged without the bolt being fully engaged, causing severe injury.
"These rifles were distributed by Smith & Wesson, O.F. Mossberg and Sons and Interarms. These rifles may bear the distributor trademark.
"Stop using your rifle immediately and visit our website at www.regen.com/howa or call Howa at 1-800-456-5131 to receive a Bolt Return Kit.
"Only the bolt sleeve is being upgraded. Your bolt will be returned to you after the upgrade.
"NO OTHER HOWA RIFLES ARE AFFECTED. CHECK YOUR SERIAL NUMBER

This post is over 8 years old, but you never know, you might have a rilfe that slipped throught the cracks. But I checked mine and the SN is B101XXX. the only Bs here are B000001thru B028450. My SN is higher than that. Judging by the looks of my rifle, it looks pretty new and was probably made in the late 90s to the mid 2000s when I bought it as a 22-250. However I bought it in a pawn shop and now it's rebarreld to a .250 Savage.
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:14 AM
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A safety recall is never out of date.

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I fully agree. Accidents happen when we let our attention depart from a safety mindset. I quit my shootin' club on July 3, 2011 because I walked downrange about 30 feet before the range had been called Cold. All the weapons were flagged, all actions open and all magazines dropped, but the range had not yet been called Cold. The RSO asked me "Hey, where you goin? The range ain't cold yet." I was so embarrassed and so angry at myself for such a failure, I emailed the secretary that afternoon and resigned. I will never go back. I failed and I must pay the consequences. True, there are a gazillion places to shoot right around here, but it's just more fun to shoot with friends and from a rock-solid bench under canopy...
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:54 PM
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saw the notice and checked on my brother in laws S&W 1500. It was one of the ones affected and had not been done yet. Just sent the bolt this AM. THANX FOR POSTING IT!!! WNK.
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:18 AM
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Weatherby also has a recall on certain Vanguard model manufactured during the same time frame (1970-1993).
Weatherby, Inc. of Paso Robles, California, is performing a safety upgrade on all Vanguard® by Weatherby brand rifles manufactured between the years 1970 to 1993.

The affected rifles bear serial numbers from one of the following series on the receiver: 00001 through 03810; V00001 through V80966; VX00001 through VX44065; VS00001 through VS23699; VL00001 through VL46984; W0001 through W0099; NV0001 through NV0099. The safety upgrade will replace the bolt sleeve to prevent misassembly of the bolt, which might occur on the affected rifles. Such misassembly might result into a hazardous condition in which the rifle can be accidentally discharged without the bolt being fully engaged, causing severe injury.

I found out this week on the Weatherby web-site and typed in all of my Weatherby rifle serial #'s. It turned out that I have 2 rifles affected by this recall. Weatherby is sending be a pre-paid mailing kit to send them the bolts of my 2 rifles effected by this.
I was just out sighting in my son's 30-06 Weatherby this past weekend. It functioned flawlessly. I contacted him immediately after reading this and told him for safety's sake not to use the rifle until we can get the bolt worked on by the factory. I've had 2 of my Weatherby's for over 30 years now and have killed deer, elk and other game with them. You never know though.
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:55 PM
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I fully agree. Accidents happen when we let our attention depart from a safety mindset. I quit my shootin' club on July 3, 2011 because I walked downrange about 30 feet before the range had been called Cold. All the weapons were flagged, all actions open and all magazines dropped, but the range had not yet been called Cold. The RSO asked me "Hey, where you goin? The range ain't cold yet." I was so embarrassed and so angry at myself for such a failure, I emailed the secretary that afternoon and resigned. I will never go back. I failed and I must pay the consequences. True, there are a gazillion places to shoot right around here, but it's just more fun to shoot with friends and from a rock-solid bench under canopy...
C'mon brother. You're being a little hard on yourself aren't you? I'm a safety range officer in my gun club and have seen seasoned veterans start going down range before I called the range cold and called them back. Since safety is my first priority I'm required to do so. All that means is that you're only HUMAN. Embarrassed? Yeah maybe so, but to quit the range because of a human error? That's taking it a little too far.
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:32 PM
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Thanks for the warning mate,Lucky mine arent affected


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Old 04-26-2012, 05:15 AM
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Nine years, Killer....
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:58 PM
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C'mon brother. You're being a little hard on yourself, aren't you? I'm a safety range officer in my gun club and have seen seasoned veterans start going down range before I called the range cold and called them back. Since safety is my first priority, I'm required to do so. All that means is that you're only HUMAN. Embarrassed? Yeah, maybe so, but to quit the range because of a human error? That's taking it a little too far.
Well, I have been told by another member that it's all forgotten. I'm sure I could go back, but I set such high standards for myself in everything I do. I am a Class 8 trucker; been one for almost 20 years. A split-second's lapse in attention on my part can result in the deaths of one or more people if the situation sets it up like that. I am always looking at and listening to my surroundings. I see people in parking lots 100 yards away get out of their cars. I see kids on bikes a block over. I watch every pedestrian like a hawk watches a fieldmouse. I always expect the unexpected. To go walkin' out there like a noob was such an embarrassment. But what made me quit was the fact that I failed so abysmally. I failed myself, the other club members and the landowners who so graciously let us freely use their land to shoot. All they need is any sort of accident there and it's Katy-bar-the-door. So, to protect the range for others, I gave up my membership. I miss it sometimes. But then I remember...
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:00 PM
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Howa recall

I see this is a REALLY old post but have never heard about the recall before. I have an action that fits the S No range. It was acquired from a deceased estate as a .243 that was badly rusted in the bore. I have tried the "address" shown above but does not work. Does any-one know any thing more?
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:04 AM
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While the address may not work, the phone number might.

Howa rifles have been sold under various names, Weatherby, Smith & Wesson, Mossberg etc.. Contacting them, or the importer may be of help.

Here in the states LSI (Legacy Sports International) is the importer, they may be able to direct you to the correct place. Weatherby sells a fair number of the rifles under the Vanguard label, they still have the notice on their site and may also be of help.
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