HUGE RECALL: Remington 700 and Model Seven

Non ribbed triggers need to be

Non ribbed triggers need to be

Remington is recalling Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with X-Mark Pro (“XMP”) triggers manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014. Visit http://xmprecall.remington.com/ to see if you rifle needs to be sent back to Remington.

Remington says that while the trigger design is safe there was a potential excess bonding agent applied during production which could result in an unintentional discharge. This Remington 700 is a very popular line of rifles and the company will have produced a significant number in the eight year period of the recall.

The full press release…

Madison, N.C. – Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) today announced a voluntary recall of Model 700™ and Model Seven™ rifles with X-Mark Pro® (“XMP®”) triggers, manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014. Senior Remington engineers determined that some Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with XMP triggers could, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge.

IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY, THESE PRODUCTS ARE BEING RECALLED.

Remington’s investigation determined that some XMP triggers might have excess bonding agent used in the assembly process, which could cause an unintentional discharge. Therefore, Remington is recalling ALL affected products to fully inspect and clean the XMP triggers with a specialized process.

Remington has advised customers to immediately cease use of recalled rifles and return them to Remington free of charge. The rifles will be inspected, specialty cleaned, tested, and returned as soon as possible. Do not attempt to diagnose or repair recalled rifles.

Remington established a dedicated website and toll-free hotline to help consumers determine whether their Model 700 or Model Seven rifle(s) are subject to recall:

• Website: http://xmprecall.remington.com

• Toll-Free Hotline: 1-800-243-9700 (Prompt #3 then Prompt #1) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.

The website and hotline provide guidance on returning recalled rifles free of charge. “Remington takes safety extremely seriously,” said Teddy Novin, Director of Public Affairs and Communications. “While we have the utmost confidence in the design of the XMP trigger, we are undertaking this recall in the interest of customer safety, to remove any potential excess bonding agent applied in the assembly process. We have established significant safety and technical resources to determine which rifles are affected and to minimize any risks. Our goal is to have every recalled firearm inspected, specialty cleaned, tested and returned as soon as possible.”

“We’re putting our customers and their safety first by voluntarily recalling all potentially affected rifles. We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety,” Novin concluded.

The Ten Commandments of Firearms Safety

1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
2. Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use.
3. Don’t rely on your gun’s safety.
4. Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it.
5. Use proper ammunition.
6. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care.
7. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
8. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting.
9. Don’t alter or modify your gun and have it serviced regularly.
10. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.

Remington is informing consumers through a broad range of communications channels, including media outreach, targeted advertising and digital media.


Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Davis

    And then there’s the Navy SEALS rules of safety….

    Treat every weapon as if it were loaded.

    Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire.

    Never point your weapon at anything you don’t intend to shoot.

    Keep your weapon on safe until you intend to fire.

    • pogie bait

      Those aren’t Navy SEAL rules of safety… they’re the basic rules of safety.

      • iksnilol

        Yes, just because you are the best of the best in your country doesn’t mean that you get special gun handling rules.

        They are the basic safety rules.

      • floppyscience

        “Keep your weapon on safe until you intend to fire.” is not a basic rule of gun safety. The one in its place should be “be sure of your target and what’s beyond it”.

  • hydepark

    What exactly does “have it serviced regularly” mean? I know most of us here are smarter than the average bear in terms of firearms, but it’s not a fucking pregnancy! So I pay some random fud once a year to tell me there is nothing wrong with my gun or have him treat it like a car and unnecessarily recommend new springs and tritium vials??

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      It means don’t drag your gun through mud for three years without ever cleaning it and then complain that the trigger mechanism is corroded.

  • Rob

    Why are the triggers so different? One looks well made the other looks like someone made it in their garage and could be snapped

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      do you mean the photo? there is no difference, they just added ribbing to the trigger blades since the recall date so people can easily see they don’t need to send it in.

      • iksnilol

        Don’t forget that ribbed triggers are usually more comfortable to shoot with.

        • John Shore

          . . . and they add to your and your partner’s shooting pleasure.

          • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

            You watch too much TV:-)

          • John Shore

            Contact your gunsmith or seek emergency ballistic attention if your trigger-finger itch is painful or lasts longer than 4 hours. A prolonged itch can damage the finger.

          • iksnilol

            I was kinda expecting all these jokes. I thought about writing half of them in my first post but wanted to stay classy, so thank you for lifting such a long hardship from my shoulders.

          • John Shore

            Nothing has been said yet about matching single-occupant claw-footed shooting benches. . .

            I will stop now.

          • mbrd

            thanks

          • ruben

            Do I need to send the bolt along with the rifle in getting the trigger repaired? thanks.

      • John Shore

        No, not quite. The ribbed one on the left is either a ‘Walker’ or 40-X type, and the smooth one is an XMP, the subject of the recall. If you look closely, you can just see the head of the hex trigger-pull adjusting screw at the top inside of the trigger arc, which the ‘Walker’ and 40-X types do not have.

  • iksnilol

    Who kept the original trigger in these? I always hear about how people change out the trigger on these.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      People who take their gun out once per year. The X-Mark triggers are not terrible. A large improvement over the previous trigger (whatever it was called)

    • hami

      Yeah you’re right. They should just forget about it. Safety dorks…

      • iksnilol

        In retrospect my comment seems to be a bit negative towards Remington. I just kinda think of the Remington 700 the same way I think about the Ruger 10/22. People buy them to modify them. Every time I read on a forum of someone who bought a 700 or 10/22 it always reads the same: “Got a better barrel, new bolt handle and changed out the trigger, now she shoots like a dream. Best gun ever.”

        Personally I don’t like that line of thought. I prefer to buy something that is good out of the box and do the minimum (thread barrel+silencer, sling, sights or scope) or fix/replace what is necesarry.

        NOTE: I don’t have anything against Remington or Ruger.

        • RayZr

          Its not “the best gun ever” if you change out most of the major components for aftermarket parts. :-/

          • iksnilol

            I agree with you but many people don’t.

            If a rifle is well-designed and made then you don’t really have much to change out. At least it shouldn’t be necessary.

    • Tom

      Yeah, who buys a gun expecting it to come with a functioning trigger?

  • Goose

    I heard that this was just anti-gun hype from NBC. Oh, wait. . . .

  • John Shore

    In a more serious mood, this really is a big thing, as Remington has produced a BUNCH of 700s and 7s since 2006, and not all of them have been fitted with the XMP trigger. If one doesn’t know how to recognize the XMP, and checks his rifle’s serial number on the ‘magic serial-checking’ website, if it was made within the recall period the ‘checker’ is going to insist that the gun is part of the recall, because it doesn’t KNOW what trigger you have–only YOU do. The trigger pictures really do tell the story: If there’s ribs, you’re good. If it’s smooth and has a hex screw in it, it’s an XMP and therefore recalled.

  • TV-PressPass

    My baby!

  • WaltherJJR

    I’m confused, is this the same issue that was all over the Internet years ago with people getting the 700 to fire by hitting it, closing the bolt or switching off the safety??? It can be, it just can’t be.

    After all “Remington takes safety extremely seriously,” said Teddy Novin, Director of Public Affairs and Communications

    • G

      No, this is another issue with another type of trigger.

      The old trigger (photo 1) can dangerous if it’s incorrectly adjusted. It seems like the X-Mark Pro trigger (photo 2) can be dangerous without any adjustments.

  • Fox218

    Just submitted my serial number…….I’m affected. FML

  • Smokey_the_Bear

    I’m good. I just checked my Remington 700 and my trigger is ribbed(for her pleasure).

  • LRB

    Thanks for posting the notice. Checked my serial number and AAC-SD has been recalled.

  • judd

    Both my 700 LA/SA triggers are affected.

  • whamprod

    It is worth noting that the picture above which I reproduce below of the two trigger types may not be accurate as to whether or not recall is necessary. That photo comes from the Remington website originally. I have a Remington 700 VSF .308 manufactured in 2006. It has the trigger pictured on the left. However, when I plug my rifle’s serial number into the form at http://xmprecall.remington.com/, the website informs me that my rifle IS affected by the recall. I have recently undergone the painful wait for a recalled Springfield XDS-45, and I’m not going through that again. My rifle’s trigger has already been gone through by a trained and competent gunsmith, and it is pretty near perfect. Neither do I have any intention of ever selling the rifle, so I am not incentivized to send the rifle in for recall repair. Instead, I have ordered the Timney 516 trigger with safety from Brownells which I wanted for a long time anyway, and which shipped to me today.

    So be advised that if your trigger looks like the one on the left, REMINGTON MAY STILL RECALL YOUR RIFLE. What you do about that is up to you.

  • Duglus50

    I have a model 700, 300 wsm on the trigger recall list. I was chambering a round and the rifle discharged. Good thing I was practicing safe muzzle control or it could have been ugly. It rang my bell pretty good. I was dizzy for half and hour. It has been a nightmare trying to get it fixed. Customer support is terrible. First off, when you call them you get put on hold for at least half an hour. If you leave a message to get a call back, it never happens. Next, they told me because I live in Alaska Fed-X doesn’t deliver here, which is total bull. Sure enough 2 weeks later a shipping box showed up but I had to ship my gun to them( on my dime). NOW! I called to find out the status of the repair.(another 30 minute wait) and they told me 120days!!!!!!!!!! for repair. I will never buy another Remington product.

  • GlennAT

    DO NOT send your firearm to Remington Arms Company for repair. They’ve had mine for 11 weeks & haven’t touched it. I was told it would be a minumum of 12 weeks to however long it takes. I asked them to return my firearm & they refused unless I sign a waiver. You have the option of having certain certified gunsmiths replace the trigger for you & I would strongely advise you to go that route unless you don’t care when you get your firearm back.