Saturday, October 27, 2018

Remington 700 Settlement : File Your Claim now


You have 18 months, so do it now so you don't forget. What you get is a free trigger replacement if your rifle has the old style Remington 700 ("Walker") trigger or a certain version of the X Mark Pro trigger. To have Remington fix your gun for free, go here and follow the prompts to file online:

http://remingtonfirearmsclassactionsettlement.com/

The guns covered are Remington Model 700, Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, 770, 600, 660, XP-100, 721, 722, and 725.

The problem is some examples of these guns firing when the trigger is not pulled. Surely you do not want that to happen. Quit using your Remmies. Send them in for the free overhaul.

Background on this story: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/24/remington-rifle-settlement-is-official.html

More: http://www.captainsjournal.com/2018/10/24/the-remington-rifle-settlement-is-final/

I gave this story some coverage in the past, saying that I would send in my rifle, but also pointing out that media coverage may have given an exaggerated idea of the prevalence of the problem, and little or no attention to possible contributing factors in the accidents reported. I also pointed out that uncommanded firing can occur in other brands. It may be that other lawsuits, against smaller makers, will be along in the wake of this successful settlement. A cynical view of the matter is that giant Remington was singled out for their deep pockets.

I noted in my past coverage that the Marine Corps encountered the problem. (Their M40 and its variants are 700's adapted to the Corps's preferences.) They addressed the matter by telling the grunts to quit messing with the trigger settings. It is a mistake for Marines (or anyone else) to try to make a hair trigger out of a field trigger. It is not necessary for good accuracy and it is not safe.

Another possible contributing problem is dirt, gummed oil and so on: Cleanliness is related to functionality, in any gun. In any case, Remington is replacing the triggers with something new and improved, so get on board.

Remington has not acknowledged blame but settled to avoid further litigation.  That, I find, is a common face-saving way for product lawsuits to end.

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