Remington Shotgun 700 Series Defect
The manufacturer of the world’s most popular hunting rifle has been wrestling for decades with a critical safety issue, and at least twice considered a nationwide recall of the gun.
At least two dozen deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to accidental discharges involving the Remington 700’s trigger mechanism. While internal documents clearly indicate that Remington was well aware of this problem, the company never alerted the public to the internal concerns over the safety of the rifle, and the company continues to maintain that the gun has no defects, despite thousands of complaints from customers. Remington attributes all the incidents to improper maintenance, unsafe gun handling or other actions by the user such as unauthorized adjustments of the trigger. Despite denials from Remington regarding the safety of the Model 700’s trigger, the company did in fact redesign the fire control mechanism in 2002 to a new design, the X-Mark Pro, a design which eliminates the “trigger connector” mentioned earlier. Despite the new fire control, Remington continued with the Walker design on the 700 models due primarily to financial reasons. Today Remington installs the new X-Mark Pro into some, but not all of its bolt-action rifles, leaving many users at risk with the old, defective design.
The Remington Model 700-series rifle—with more than five million sold—is famous for its accuracy and smooth trigger. In addition to being popular with hunters and target shooters, a version of the 700 is also widely used by law enforcement and military snipers.
The 700 series of rifles dates back to the 1940s, when Remington—which had been purchased a decade earlier by the giant chemical company DuPont—was transitioning from a major supplier of the war effort to a more consumer-oriented company. DuPont, sold Remington in 1993.
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Remington 700 Series Bolt Action Rifle
The rifle series—which debuted with the Remington 721—featured a unique trigger system patented by a young Remington engineer named Merle “Mike” Walker. Walker has called his design “a perfect trigger,” with a smooth pull favored by expert shooters. According to Walker’s patent, the secret was a tiny piece of metal called a “trigger connector,” which is mounted loosely inside the firing mechanism. But critics, including ballistics experts, say small amounts of rust, debris, or even a small jolt can cause the trigger connector to become misaligned, forcing the trigger itself to lose contact with the rest of the firing mechanism.
The Mass Torts Department at Loncar Lyon Jenkins has been investigating claims of product liability since its inception in 1999. If you or a loved one were injured due to a Remington 700-series rifle, you should contact our office for a confidential case evaluation at 800-285-HURT or by completing the “Do I Have a Case?” section to the right.
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