Smith & Wesson Announces Recall of Some 2020 M&P Shield EZ Pistols

Jeremy S. for TTAG

Smith & Wesson has announced a recall of some of their 2020 M&P Shield EZ pistols. The problem affects potentially cracked hammers which, in the worst case scenario, can cause multiple discharges without pulling the trigger. Consumers can call 888-871-7114 or go to the S&W Shield EZ Recall website online to enter their serial numbers and see if their weapon is affected.

If your gun is one of those with potentially cracked hammers, the good people at S&W make it easy to fix. They’ll send you a free shipping label to send them the pistol in for repair.

You can find more information on the website.


Smith & Wesson has identified two M&P Shield EZ pistols that had cracked hammers made by our supplier. On these firearms, the hammer was unable to fully lock the trigger, resulting in the cartridge firing, pedaling the slide, and possibly leading to multiple discharges without pulling the trigger. This problem can occur in the following two scenarios:.

  1. If a loaded magazine is inserted into the weapon and the safety grip is depressed, releasing the slide (by pulling back or letting go of the slide stop) can ignite the round while closing the slide without pulling the trigger. The condition can occur regardless of the manual safety thumb position, if any. This can also lead to multiple discharges.

  2. If there is a loaded magazine in the weapon, the grip safety is down, the manual safety is in the fire position, the slide is closed and a round in the chamber is triggered by squeezing the trigger, the round will be fired normally, but while the slide is the Going through the next round can be ignited if the hammer does not fully engage it in the sear, resulting in multiple discharges.

In all cases, the weapon will NOT fire unless the safety grip is depressed. While this condition has only been detected in two hammers, and our investigation suggests these two incidents are very isolated, any accidental discharge of a firearm could result in injury. It is for this reason that we have established this safety recall as a precaution to ensure that all M&P Shield EZ pistols in use meet our design specifications.

Do not use your M & P® Shield ™ EZ Pistol until you have determined whether it is on this safety recall, and if so, until it has been inspected and repaired by Smith & Wesson, if applicable.


This notice ONLY applies to M & P® Shield ™ EZ Pistols (including Performance Center® models) manufactured between March 1st, 2020 and October 31st, 2020 and only to a small percentage of that population. This does NOT apply to all SHIELD ™ guns. To determine if your M&P Shield EZ Pistol is affected, check the date of manufacture on the label on the box, as shown below. If the manufacturing date is between March 1st, 2020 and October 31st, 2020, your pistol may be affected. In that case (or if you are unsure of your date of manufacture) simply go to and enter your serial number or call 888-871-7114.

Again, Smith & Wesson makes it easy to have your EZ repaired on time.


.If your M&P Shield EZ pistol is included in this recall, we will arrange for your weapon to be returned to Smith & Wesson for inspection. If the hammer on your gun is affected after the inspection, it will be replaced for you free of charge. We assume that this entire process will take no more than 10 working days and that your pistol will be returned as quickly and efficiently as possible. All shipping and replacement costs are covered by Smith & Wesson.

This is how you can tell if your gun was made in the window between March 1, 2020 and October 31, 2020.


Image via Smith & Wesson

Please include the serial number listed on your pistol in the box below to determine if it is included in this recall. You can enter multiple serial numbers. After verifying all of your serial numbers, you will be asked to fill out a form to request a prepaid return label.

The M&P Shield EZ is a great little weapon. If you have one, be sure to send it in for repair.

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