The Walker Trigger Saga Walks Again to the Tune of 1/2 Million

Remington just can’t catch a break. First with issues with the ill-fated R51, a “recall” that was not a “recall”, and various other legal issues settled against them including action by Q’s Kevin Brittingham, it would seem big green is on a bit of a losing streak. Latest to add injury on top of insult and injury is a case from Louisiana.

Plaintiff Precious Seguin has won a case against the Remington Arms Company to the tune of a precious $500,000. The award is the result of a cross-section of an incident on October 28, 2013, where Precious was struck by a bullet accidentally discharged from a Remington 710 rifle from her father during a hunt. The round hit Precious in the keester and proceeded exit through her right elbow. (Bullets do very strange things indeed).

Remington, despite having a massive “recall” on the very same trigger unit, asserted that the weapon did not accidentally discharge and that they had testing to back it up – at least of that particular rifle. Further, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries determined that the cause was an external object or negligent handling.

Perhaps Remington may be right about this particular case, but the damage done by the multi-million settlement does leave a fair amount of blood in the water.





Frank.K

TFB’s FNG. Completely irreverent of all things marketing but a passionate lover of new ideas and old ones well executed. Enjoys musing on all things firearms, shooting 3-gun, and attempting to be both tacticool AND tactical.


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  • I’d like to think that maybe, just maybe, executives might learn a lesson from Remington about why it’s a bad idea to turn a once-great legacy company into a garbage fire of cut corners and slashed quality control, but I bought a lottery ticket yesterday so I’ve used up my wishful thinking budget for the week.

    • USMC03Vet

      This is what happens when companies go from private to public. At that point only profit margins matter.

      • Ebby123

        Remington isn’t a publicly traded company. They are, however, owned by an investment capitol conglomerate. So essentially the same end results occurs.

        • USMC03Vet

          Ketchup Catsup.

        • USMC_grunt2009-2013

          More like an investment capitol conglomerate is wearing the skin off of Remington’s corpse like some kind of deranged serial killer.

  • AD

    I’m confused: how does half a million dollars count as a “multi-million dollar settlement”? Did I miss something?

    • Dougscamo

      He was referring to the multi million settlement that Remington agreed to in March, 2017…

      • AD

        I see, thanks for the clarification.

    • Cbrown

      It refers to the previous payout over the 700 series.

    • 22winmag

      Have you been living under a rock? The author just expected readers to know about the previous $12.5M settlement. For an article with 7 auto-generated hyperlinks to Brownell’s and Bizrate, you might think it prudent to link to the aforementioned $12.5M settlement.

      • This site does have the most useless hyperlinks on the internet. Let’s just be happy they don’t link to Buzzfeed or Looper.

        • USMC03Vet

          They link to TTAG which is way worse. 🤣

          • Ebby123

            You win (1) Internetz.

  • Jim Slade

    They should be able to make back all that cash by just branding a ton more cheap Chinese garbage outdoor crap at Wal-Mart.
    Having some pride is a prerequisite for having some shame.

  • B-Sabre

    The round hit Precious in the keester and proceeded exit through her right elbow. (Bullets do very strange things indeed).
    Must…resist…’a**holes and elbows’…joke….

    • Gary Kirk

      That bullet must’ve got directions off Bing.. They tend to send you that route..

    • USMC03Vet

      Aliens reference!

      • jonp

        Every DI since the beginning of time

      • USMC_grunt2009-2013

        ABSOLUTE-LEE BADASSES!!!

  • A.WChuck

    Color me confused, but wasn’t the trigger design, and therefore the
    problems with it, existing before Freedom Group bought Remington? The reset of the issues are on them, but it seems they inherited the trigger mess.

    • Dougscamo

      Yep….the Walker trigger was designed in the ’40s….long before Freedom Group….
      “Do not cover with the muzzle of a gun anything you do not wish to destroy.”…Jeff Cooper….or something along those lines….

      • iksnilol

        What about ricochets?

        • Dougscamo

          😉 ….never had a 180 degree ricochet from a rifle….I kinda doubt you would unleash a round if anyone was downrange from your muzzle….

          • iksnilol

            Can happen, incredibly enough.

            Angle them plate downwards, y’all.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Yep, I had a coworker that was shooting steel plate at 100 yards with a friend of his, and they didn’t have the plates angled correctly. The steel core 7.62x39mm ricocheted back and hit the friend in the leg. It was turned sideways, so it didn’t break the flesh, but he had a beautiful bullet shaped bruise from it.

          • Dougscamo

            I KNEW there was a reason that I don’t shoot 7.62X39 and now you have given it to me….

          • nonobaddog

            Most bullets are not “bullet shaped” after hitting steel.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Most bullets are just copper jackets containing lead cores. I wish I had gotten a copy of the pic he showed me of his buddy’s leg, it was still a distinct spitzer profile.

        • jonp

          Had a 45ACP rebound off a plate and strike me square in the chest. Luckily all of the energy was spent and it just thumped and fell to the ground. I still have the round on the table at my hunting camp

          • LGonDISQUS

            Code brown indeed.

        • Marcus D.

          There is a great vid from a couple of years back where a guy shooting .50 BMG catches a ricochet in his ear protection. He was pretty shocked–and pretty lucky.

          • iksnilol

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyhgC4wF7MU You mean this one? Great piece of cinema.

          • Dougscamo

            DANG SON!….that why he only does one show a night!….Was that plate as close as I think it was?

          • iksnilol

            I’ve no idea, probably.

            I struggle to understand shooting .50 BMG at such close ranges. I thought the point of the round was to shoot far away?

          • Dougscamo

            Roger that….had a nice zing to it coming back….didn’t it?
            I thought .50 BMG was for helicopters….and Kodiak bears….

          • iksnilol

            And ex wives/girlfriends.

            Hell hath no fury like a peeved woman.

          • Dougscamo

            And you said we ‘muricans use too big of a gun….. 🙂

          • iksnilol

            Most dangerous animal with color vision, pardner.

            Ain’t too much gun for such a beast.

    • PK

      Walker’s design was absolutely fine up until corners were cut and
      dimensional specs were no longer being inspected in critical areas.

      • ostiariusalpha

        Honestly, it was a problematic design from the beginning, with unintended discharges going all the way back to its introduction with the Model 721. Walker himself asserted that he improved the design back in 1948, but the Remington management rejected it because it cost a little more to manufacture. The QC cutbacks that increased the problem actually happened before Cerberus bought Remington and created the Freedom Group. The XMark trigger is 100% their fu– up though.

  • John

    Glad the little girl’s ok. Glad she can pay her medical bills now.

    Angry that Remington can’t get a simple safety right.

    • Nashvone

      Considering all the other safe handling violations in this case, assuming any safety would have been used is pure folly.

    • USMC_grunt2009-2013

      Too bad her dad is too negligent to not accidentally point a loaded gun at his daughter on a hunting trip.

  • USMC_grunt2009-2013

    This man speaks wisdom.

  • teesquare

    You vote with your wallet….
    WHY oh WHY – would ANY one with a brain want to continue to support a “once great” company – now controlled by George Soros????? GET A GRIP and DESERT REMINGTON.

  • Marcus D.

    The case is significantly more complex than the OP describes. This was not a jury verdict, but a motion for summary judgment that raised the question as to whether the (apparently poorly written) Louisiana consumer protection act applied to gun manufacturers, which is a question of law that the judge was going to have to decide anyway if the case had gone to trial. Precious and Remington agreed that if the law applied, Remington would pay $500K, and if it did not, Remington would walk. Pretty reasonable deal, under the circumstances (plus the risk of punitive damages), even though Remington’s expert and the investigators agreed that it was operator error, and that even if the trigger was responsible, Precious’ father bore a significant percentage of fault for violating the safety rules.

  • LGonDISQUS

    Who names their child “Precious”? That’s a pet’s name.

    I bet his son’s name is Sparky.

    • neckbone

      How about this one :
      L-a

      This was a real girls name. It’s pronounced Ledasha

    • Dougscamo

      Frodo…..

  • Mr. Katt

    Get the barrelled 700 action, scrap everything attached to it (including the trigger) and start from scratch – it’ll work then . . . just like the old Remington 700s

    • Dougscamo

      Which is what the long range guys do….and then brag about how good their Remington shoots….like comparing what is in your driveway to a NASCAR vehicle

      • iksnilol

        Oh come on, the Remington is hella good. You just need to switch the trigger, stock, blueprint the receiver+bolt and you should for good measure switch out the barrel.

        Otherwise, bone stock Remington 700.

        • Dougscamo

          Yeah….what he said…

          • iksnilol

            Now you’re gonna tell me 10/22s aren’t good either?

            Just had to switch the barrel, stock and trigger on that one. Otherwise, bone stock 😀

  • supergun

    Good point. Kinda like hot coffee.