This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Remington Arms Company and in an interesting turn of events it may not be just fans of Big Green acknowledging the landmark. A New York congressman, Rep. Richard Hanna (R), introduced a resolution on Thursday, September 15, 2016 requesting the United States legislature officially recognize the company’s anniversary.The resolution is rather fittingly listed as House Resolution 870 and is titled “Recognizing the 200th Anniversary of the Remington Arms Company”.
Hanna was thorough in his resolution, outlining Remington’s history and importance as a stellar example of many things this nation was built on (excerpt below taken from H.Res. 870):
“Whereas beginning in 1848, Remington began to build percussion military rifles for the Army and percussion breech-loading carbines for the Navy, along with percussion and metallic cartridge revolvers for the United States Armed Forces, a total of more than 200,000 handguns over the course of the Civil War;
Whereas in the 1870s, the firearms production capacity of Remington surpassed that of the entire country of England, and the company sought to diversify their manufacturing lines to include agricultural equipment, cutlery, typewriters, bicycles, cash registers, sewing machines and other technically complex equipment over the years;
Whereas its support of the United States Armed Forces continued in the years preceding the Nation’s entry into the Great War with Remington merging with the Union Metallic Cartridge Company in time to provide the Allies with millions of military rifles, pistols, and machine guns by increasing their workforce more than 15 times;
Whereas in the late 1930s, the Nation once again called upon Remington to arm the country against the threat from the Axis Powers, and Remington duplicated its effort from World War I by supplying more than 1,500,000 military rifles;
Whereas during both World Wars, Remington supplied more than half of the small arms ammunition used by the Allies;
Whereas even during the demands of producing such a large amount of firearms and ammunition, the company’s employees still filed more than 1,000 patents during the first half of the 20th century.”
The resolution goes on to summarize Remington’s importance:
“Whereas this company is not just a symbol of the Nation’s heritage, but an example of this country’s entrepreneurial spirit, a business that has been shaped and protected by the Bill of Rights and the fundamental values of free will and self-determination.”
The resolution has been referred to Committee and will be considered by a congressional committee which will decide whether or not to send it on to the House or Senate. It is currently given a 6% chance of success.
If H.Res. 870 did pass it would be a milestone not only for Remington but for the industry as a whole. And for my part I believe Remington deserves recognition. After all, 200 years are no small matter. Congratulations, Remington, and Happy Anniversary.
You can read the entire resolution for yourself at: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hres870/text
Visit Remington’s website at https://www.remington.com/