Lawyers in our firm are currently handling and investigating claims involving the misfiring of Remington 700 rifles. This weapon at one time was the world’s top selling bolt-action sports rifle. The issues with this weapon are not new. The Model 700 rifle comes in numerous calibers. More than 3 million of these guns have been sold. The guns have two identifiable defects that contribute to the misfiring of the guns. The defects are associated with an aspect of the trigger mechanism, referred to by the company as the Walker Fire Control System.
The first defect involves a part called the trigger connector, which is found between the trigger and the sear. This part is supposed to provide support to the sear and restrain the firing pin. For many years, Remington has received an untold number of complaints about its guns firing when the safety is released, the bolt is moved, or the gun is jarred. The Model 700’s second identifiable defect exists on pre-February 1982 models of the gun. The older models required the user to move the safety to the off position in order to unload rounds of ammunition from the weapon. This process, along with a jar to the weapon, or in some instances, no interference at all, caused the gun to fire on its own.
These two defects have resulted in the deaths and serious injuries of hundreds of people. Remington, one of the world’s leading gun manufacturers, has known of the problems with the firing mechanism used in these weapons for decades. It took litigation to eventually cause Remington to institute a recall of the weapons. Years before the recall, Remington’s own engineer indicated that the problem could be fixed for as little as $0.32.
These weapons have been known to discharge in countless ways, including during the unloading process, during the loading process, while riding with the weapon in a vehicle, while climbing into or out of a tree stand, or while simply setting the gun down on the ground by the butt of the gun. Our firm will continue to investigate these claims and, in appropriate cases, file suit on behalf of injured persons and their families. If you need more information on this subject, contact Ben Locklar, a lawyer in our Personal Injury/Products Liability Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Ben.Locklar@beasleyallen.com.
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