I cut my teeth shooting the Remington 721, and later a more modern version of the Remington 700 in .30-06. Those rifles put a few eastern North Carolina deer in the freezer over the years.
I was never aware of any safety issues related to the rifle’s design, but that is precisely what is being alleged in a new lawsuit that apparently isn’t the first of its kind.
According to the lawsuit filed by Jay Rambo, his father was loading the .338 Caliber Model 700 Remington rifle when it fired without the trigger being touched. The high velocity 200 grain bullet struck Jay Rambo in the forearm as well as his right gluteus according to the complaint. The gun was resting on the foam of the open gun case as it was being loaded by Jay’s father, Dale Rambo.
That trigger mechanism, known as the “Walker Fire Control,” uses an internal component called a “connector.” The lawsuit alleges that Remington has known about the problems with the Walker Fire Control for decades. In a company memo from 1979, Remington even admits to its own defect and recognizes the danger to its customers.
My first thought is that it is ultimately Jay’s injuries are his father’s fault for muzzling him as the senior Rambo loaded his weapon. Never point your muzzle at anything you don’t want to destroy meets all guns are loaded, all the time.
But beyond that, I’m a bit concerned that there have apparently been a number of cases over the years concerning this design, and Remington has apparently paid out tens of millions in settlements.
If there really is a defective design, I would hope that the company is planning to issue a recall to replace the defective design. It would be a betrayal of their relationship with their customers if they don’t, and that kind of betrayal is not easily forgiven.