BREAKING: Remington’s Response to Recall Allegations

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As some of you may have already read, news stories exploded yesterday that Remington agreed to recall all 7.85 million Model 700 rifles ever made, due to trigger defects. We here at TFB consider fact-checking to be extremely important, and – while we have known of it since early yesterday – we wanted to get both sides of the story before we shared the news here. From Remington’s press release:

December 6, 2014

Remington Correction of CNBC Reporting

Yesterday afternoon, CNBC erroneously reported that Remington Arms was recalling 7.85 million rifles. This report was fundamentally inaccurate and, once again, CNBC did not comply with the most basic tenet of reporting – fact checking. Even a cursory review of the court filings would have revealed CNBC’s errors. That said, other news sources picked-up and repeated the misinformation about the proposed settlement. In response, the Plaintiffs’ counsel immediately took steps to correct CNBC’s inaccuracies by clarifying the terms of the proposed settlement in their own press release, which, in part, stated:

  • These settlements are not recalls.

  • These settlements are not any admission that the products are defective or unsafe.

This economic settlement provides an avenue for consumers, who have certain Remington rifles, to voluntarily have a new trigger installed.  As noted by the Plaintiffs, the benefits provided by the settlement will not be in place until after court approval.

Remington is issuing this press release today because it is important that the terms of the proposed economic settlement be accurately described, as Remington does not want its customers to be confused or misled.

Further, and contrary to CNBC’s story, it is undisputed that the Remington Model 700 is the best-selling American-made, bolt-action rifle of all time. The Model 700 has also been and continues to be the tactical sniper rifle of choice for the U.S. armed forces and special operators and is widely used by state and federal law enforcement agencies.

There you have it. Remington is voluntarily offering to replace the triggers of their rifles; they have not identified any defects in their products, and are not recalling any Model 700 rifles.

Steve says: As soon as we heard about this alleged recall, we contacted Remington who assured us it as not true and so we held off posting about it until they were able to respond. Unlike many other media outlets, we won’t need to issue a retraction or apology. 



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Normal

    I now have to think about the car recall formula in Fight Club. Suck it Freedom Group

    • Dan Atwater

      Except that the vast majority of these rifles were manufactured before Freedom Group.

      • me ohmy

        talk about “assuming past sins”

        • The loss on this will go onto Freedom Group, and then Cerebus Capital Management to benefit them on tax forms. They’ll find a way to roll with the punches at Remington’s loss.

  • me ohmy

    they *KNEW* it wasn’t safe and bullshitted everyone for almost fifty years about it and it killed and maimed… uncool.. very uncool

    • The_Truth

      Take it easy there Rachael Maddows..

      In the 13 instances of death assocated with this rifle the owner either admitted they had their finger on the trigger, the rifle was modified beyond factory specs, or in generally poor condition.

      • me ohmy

        faulty product much??
        YOU ARE WRONG.. factory spec’ed and UN MODDED triggers have killed as well.
        THEN when enough people had died, Remington sent out the yellow card with the “ONLY LET US WORK ON THE TRIGGER ASSEMBLY OR AN UNSAFE CONDITION CAN RESULT IN DEATH” WARNING NOTICE IN THE WEAPONS INSTRUCTIONS.
        now as for “the truth”? *you* need to stop apologizing for mediocrity.
        or do you still assert the FORD PINTO can take a 30 MPH impact on the rear end without exploding. and that the chevy corvair won’t flip with a split axle arraignment..because both those companies lost their ASS in court..remmie is doing damage control before the civil raping begins.

        • The_Truth

          Then should have no problem citing your source for all of these “factory spec’ed an UN MODDED” triggers.

          And I’m sure the trial lawyers would be interested in hearing from you too.

          Unless of course you’re just making up nonsense…

        • The_Truth

          Oh and the Chevy Corvair never flipped.

          The claim Ralph Nader made was that a swing axle in a rear engined car could cause the rear end to spin out. It wasn’t a flip.

          It’s also a position widely debunked as nonsense.

          Texas A&M at the request of the NHTSA conducted tests and found it was no more likely to occur during extreme manuverues than any other car.

          Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen all used similar configurations back then and none of which could reproduce Nadars claims.

          You’re angry about things that never even happened.

          • me ohmy

            actually the corvair flipped NOT because it was a rear engine design MORON.
            porsches are rear engined and are very HARD to flip…spin out yes in the targa and early air cooleds, not so much with later water cooled setups with better weight bias.
            mercedes NEVER had a rear engine like a corvair the 130-150-170H was made in the 30’s and never full production.
            Volkswagens can flip but only for the reason of the higher center of gravity, and sloppy suspension geometry.
            you can’t let go of a wheel in a beatle…they simply won’t stay on the road unguided with the trailing front legs and torsion bar spring set up.
            but to answer you in the perfect tone…for you moron, it is this,
            the corvair FLIPS because the split axle allows the wheels to over angle and the the sidewall bends into the slide, then the STEEL RIM digs into the road surface and catapults the car over..
            after they went to the later rear with a CORRECT coil spring independent unit this was lessened, but they still over steered markedly.
            you need to research a few things before engaging your obvious lack of know how on things you think expert
            and of naders book the corvair was a small part of the UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED tome.
            you thinking you’re feeling smug at stuff you’ve never won
            NOW…we’re done

            *****end of line*****

        • BS guy—-the guns they looked at that had a “malfunction” were fooled around with by the owner. People should know their limitations when modifying a trigger.

          • kingghidorah

            My Dad has a 7 that went off. He’s never messed with it. He shot the antler clean off a deer as he swears the gun fired before he put his finger on the trigger. He’s an army vet, marksman an lifetime hunter and keeps his stuff like new, and definitely not a tinkerer. I offered to buy him a Timney for it, and he doesn’t trust that either.

  • Jeff Smith

    Is this the largest firearm recall in history?

    • Zachary marrs

      It is.

      Oh how the mighty have fallen

    • Don’t forget, /This is not a “recall.”/ 😛

  • gunsandrockets

    Who knew CNBC and Rolling Stone shared such similar reporting standards?

  • Blake

    Would be interesting to get some feedback re: “replacement” trigger vs. original trigger from someone that has had this “voluntary replacement” done…

    • me ohmy

      now that’s FUNNY!!!!!!!!

  • BattleshipGrey

    I’m not surprised at all that the media was so quick to make a huge claim. They were probably foaming at the mouth thinking about how much “good” they did with the original “story” (read: hack-job) about faulty Remington 700 triggers.

    • Hyok Kim

      Yellow journalism is still alive and well. So much protest about Red Skin, but none about yellow journalism.

  • andrey kireev

    And I was just thinking of picking up a model 700…. after hearing about this, did little bit more research and found out there’s also problems with weak extraction…… I think I gonna go ahead and get an FNH bolt rifle instead…

  • Patriot

    I own a Rem 700, and would not bother to send it back for recall. Just remember the first rule of gun safety and point the gun in a safe direction while you chamber a round. If in the ultra-rare event that it ever fires as you switch the safety off, send it back to Remington. My 700 has never malfunctioned in any way and I have total confidence in it. I would bet 99% of them out there are the same way.

    • Bruce

      I’ve met one 700 that launched a round when nobody was touching it. I have no idea if that trigger had been modified or not. I do know that a trip to the gun smith for a new trigger solved the problem. I had an old Mauser that would drop the striker if you pulled the trigger with the safety on and then dropped the safety. Man that thing was worn out. New trigger assembly fixed that one too.

      I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with the 700 trigger, there are millions of them out there that function just fine. It’s easy to work on and the guns are capable of great accuracy.

      We often look for someone else to pay or take the blame, but ultimately we are all responsible. You can’t drive a car or operate a gun or even a power drill without some risk. That’s why it’s important to pay attention and deal with possible problems before they become death or injury.

  • NO– The BS got so deep they offered to put a trigger of the buyers choice in.
    In fact the so called expert tried to get the rifle to fire by whacking the butt with a mallet and finally gave up in court in front of everyone he said well I can’t make it do it.
    The ones sent back to the factory had almost 100% percent of the time been messed with. The whole affair is so much media BS!
    Rather ironic when the story broke I was on the range at Gunsite shooting the new Remington 700 models. We knew it was garbage and kept right on shooting.
    I got the Remington press release direct from the person who does these things while standing on the range. I sent it on to Nathaniel and Steve.
    Of course by this time some blogs had already posted the garbage the media put out.

    • Haunted Puppeteer

      I don’t think it passes the smell test, anyway. 7.8 million? If there were even a small percentage of these model 700s with this supposed issue, wouldn’t we be hearing about it all the time?

      Generally speaking, it seems that if there is a quality control or design issue with any firearm, we hear about it *constantly*. When these problems actually exist, nobody shuts up about it.

  • There is no recall anyway. There’s nothing to fix. Remington decided to let people send them in for repair which translates to fixing what some backyard gunsmith screwed up.

  • I talked with a Remington lawyer out on the range and the reason they offered to do the new trigger deal was to provide good customer service even though it would cost a good deal of money. Nothing fishy just good business practice.

    • Zachary marrs

      You’ll have to forgive people for being skeptical.

      I find it odd that a company as large as Remington offers to replace a rather controversial part on almost 8 million rifles

      If this is just them trying to be a good company, then thats great, but I’m still suspicious

  • floppyscience

    “Remington is voluntarily offering to replace the triggers of their rifles”

    Eh, I wouldn’t call a class-action lawsuit settlement “voluntary”.

  • derfelcadarn

    There are many deer, several moose and an elk that will be happy to know the trigger on my 700 was not working correctly.

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  • nothing to see at all—

  • You bet—-

  • BDUB

    Exactly how is that NOT a recall, other than NOT calling it a recall. I guess the media can report that Remington is issuing a non-binding non-recall of all their 700 series rifles, and call it done.

  • chuckles

    This seems to have turned out like a Chevy/Ford feud. I’m sure CNBC would love to have any anti gun news story, but it seems to be more than that. I’ve seen the CNBC show and was impressed with the story. I’m a Ruger M77 type of guy and own no Remingtons, but I have to say, I wouldn’t buy one. I realize M700’s are the most owned rifles out there and that may add to the fear that they would lose value if the story were true. I know all the safety rules, but would prefer not to have an accidental discharge even if the muzzle is pointed downrange or not. I’m 63, been in the military, and am an avid hunter, reload my own ammo, and have NEVER, not once, had an accidental discharge. I have fired M700’s before and were satisfied with their performance, but why buy something with this hanging over it?
    I think the real problem here is the recall could be so large as to put Remington under for good. They are counting on many NOT replacing the trigger. If I owned one, I would go ahead and have the replacement. It’s like owning a Pinto and declaring, “I ain’t skeered! Hold muh beer while I pull out in front of this 18 wheeler.” Get the trigger or sell the gun.