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Old January 2, 2010, 02:05 AM   #1
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ATT EAA Witness Owners!!! Safety issue.

I saw this on another forum but had to check it out for myself. This is from the EAA website. http://www.eaacorp.com/news.html

1) SAFETY UPGRADE NOTICE

If you own an EAA Witness style semi-automatic pistol bearing a serial number between AE00000 to AE70000, please read this Notice.

Owners of the above designated Witness pistols should immediately field strip the pistol and send the slide assembly to European American Armory Corp., 411 Hawk Street, Rockledge, Florida 32955. Upon receipt, European American Armory Corp. will replace the original firing pin with an upgraded firing pin for your pistol.

Please follow the instructions and warnings in the Owners’ Manual and do not disassemble your pistol beyond a field strip. Any disassembly beyond a field strip should only be performed by a qualified gunsmith. In particular, the firing pin should never be removed by you. If the firing pin is removed, it must be re-installed correctly by a qualified gunsmith or the EAA Corp. service center. If the firing pin is installed incorrectly in an upside down position, it may adversely affect the operation of your pistol and its safeties. If your pistol is not operating properly, discontinue using it and take it to a qualified gunsmith or send it to the European American Armory Corp. service center immediately.

Thank you for your attention to this Notice. Please call European American Armory Corp. at (800) 536-4442 if you have any questions regarding this Notice.
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Old January 6, 2010, 08:19 PM   #2
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Thanks for the headsup, Nero. I'm calling them tomorrow to see if they'll send me the parts. Sending the slide to FL and have them jack with it for 6 weeks - not happenin'. If I have to, I'll lie and tell them my gunsmith will be doing the work.....
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Old January 7, 2010, 08:51 AM   #3
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I wonder what the problem is? Firing pins breaking don't usually generate recalls. But, if the firing pin gets stuck in the firing pin hole or something like that, maybe the gun goes full auto or fires out of battery. Just guessing. I've got an EAA Stock, I'll have to see if it's included in the recall.
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Old January 7, 2010, 09:39 AM   #4
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I'll bet you are exactly right. A guy didn't clean his gun in 10 years, a piece of brass got stuck in the channel and now he's got a machine gun.

And you know how recalls are - 1 moron gets his accelerator pedal stuck under a Toyota floormat, and $100/hr mechanics are changing mats in a million cars...

The issue will be Tanfoglio will be paying EAA smiths (2 maybe) to change the pins in a thousand guns. 4th of July maybe.

I'll take mine apart and give it a look. Curious if Henning has anything to say about this.
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Old January 7, 2010, 11:08 AM   #5
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I'm the moron now. My serial # starts with EA not AE, but the FL gal was courteous to me anyway.
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Old January 7, 2010, 12:03 PM   #6
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This recall is for OLDER guns and most all should have been updated by now but you never know. Most all guns over the last several years are EA# guns and have NO recalls.
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Old January 7, 2010, 10:05 PM   #7
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I'll go ahead and sticky it for awhile anyway.
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Old January 10, 2010, 08:54 PM   #8
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Hot Damn! - I win!

Guess who has Sn: AE62725

Nero /John, Thanks for the post and the sticky

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Old January 11, 2010, 11:31 PM   #9
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Well, after doing exactly what EAA said not to do, I removed the firing pins in both my AE 680xx and AE 894xx and found them to be identical. The only difference is in the little plunger which has a slightly different configuration and probably gives a slightly more positive lock.

What you have to remember is to put the firing pin back in the same way it came out with the slot and flat oriented correctly.

If you had the part in hand, the whole job would take you about 2 minutes.
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Old January 23, 2010, 11:37 PM   #10
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Could it maybe just be that the firing pin will work in the upside down position in these guns and therefore negate the firing pin stop safety?
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Old February 19, 2010, 08:55 AM   #11
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Thanks for the heads up! I'll have to check mine when I get home!
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Old February 26, 2010, 12:09 AM   #12
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I've got two!

Lucky me, I have a 9mm and 40S&W that are part of the recall. On the up side, it was only 16 days from dropping them in the mail to getting them back. Much faster than I expected.
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Old March 1, 2010, 03:25 PM   #13
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Thats good to know, I was eyeballing one of their 9mms recently. But didnt know much about the company.
Even thought they are like not even 15 miles from me.
I always like companies that stand behind their product.
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Old May 20, 2010, 09:13 PM   #14
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EAA Witness Recall

Why would anyone want to lie and avoid acting reference a safety recall? Seems to me that were the recall not made as requested by the importer, your warranty would be affected were it proven that a non-approved repair was made on your pistol. The turn around time for my two Witness slides (both 9mm) was less than two weeks...what's to complain about?

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Old June 22, 2010, 10:57 PM   #15
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Update

Got my Witness back and no problems found from what they did. Really can't find any difference in the gun, other than maybe it shoots better but that could be me.
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Old September 15, 2010, 09:30 AM   #16
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I have an AE gun but am reluctant to send it back to EAA. While people seem to have been getting quick service with my luck they would loose my slide and blame it on the shipping company.

I do all my own gunsmithing as I don't trust anyone else to work on my guns. I am thinking that this is a lawyer recall because one guy had trouble. I will tear mine apart and make an engineering judgement (I am qualified) as to whether anything is wrong. If I like what I see my gun will continue to get used as is.

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Old September 22, 2010, 06:02 PM   #17
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I AM the glassguy locally and I got a call from a woman with a broken window. Both the glass and screen had a hole through them. I asked if it was done with a weed whacker (I do a lot of repair from these things).She paused, asked if I really want to know and then told me that the safety had malfunctioned on her EAA Witness 9mm and she had tapped off a round inside her house that went through her new $3000 65" 3D tv, through the glass and screen and out into the neighborhood. She had a mark on her forehead from the spent casing. Dang! I don't know if it was operator error or a for real safety problem but she is sending it back to the mfg. to have it checked out. Personally, if I were the shooter, I would have told the glass guy that it was a weed whacker and thanked my lucky stars that no one was hurt!
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