WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Browning Company announced a consumer recall for a line of its pistol holsters because the design of the rig could switch the weapon from safe to fire without the knowledge of the person carrying the weapon. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, more commonly referred to as the CPSC, indicated that the product recalled by Browning is made for the company’s Browning 1911-380 and 1911-22 pistols. Browning distributed the recalled pistol holsters at various sporting goods stores as well as through their online sales portal from September 2017 to December 2019 for about $80.00, according to WHNT 19 News. Browning advised its customers to stop using the recalled firearms holsters immediately and seek a replacement.
The Browning Company issued the recall for its holsters after determining that the holster could switch the pistol from safe to fire. The dangers of such an occurrence hardly require elaboration. Browning did warn its customers, notwithstanding the obvious hazards, that the weapon could fire if the safety selector moved off of safe to fire without the knowledge of the handler. Consequently, Browning advised its customers to stop using the recalled rigs immediately.
People who have Browning holsters for their Browning 1911-380 and 1911-22 semi-automatic pistols should refer to the product labels for information to help them identify a recalled holster. Browning said that the package contains the UPC Code of 023614843702 along with the Item Number 12904011. The gunmaker did not give any additional information on how to identify the recalled holsters if the owner no longer has the packaging.
Browning asked consumers to contact the company directly to obtain a replacement holster without charge to the consumer. The company did not disclose how it learned of the defect in the holster design, nor did it say whether anyone was accidentally shot by someone who believed the safety was locked in the on position.
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