Remington prepared to fight NBC allegations of defective guns

Remington is on the defense again after NBC aired another feature story alleging that Remington knowingly used a defective trigger system on several models of its guns.

The story, which NBC aired last Wednesday, showed numerous anecdotes where Remington guns–in this case a Remington 870 pump shotgun, a Remington 742 semi auto rifle and a Remington 1100 semi auto shotgun–discharged without the trigger ever being pulled and resulted in someone getting shot. And most incidents ended with Remington settling and paying an undisclosed amount of money, but never actually admitting there was a defect in the guns.

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The problem, according to NBC, comes from a defective Common Fire Control (CFC), or, in other words, the internal components of the trigger.

The defect, NBC reported, is that the safety does not lock the hammer, sear and firing pin when engaged, meaning if the gun is dirty or bumped it could discharge a round even though the trigger had not been pulled. And, to make matters more controversial, there are about 20 million Remington models including those three models and 17 others possibly with faulty CFCs.

The day before the story aired Remington released a press release and launched a website that houses material defending its products and counters NBC’s story.

In the press release Remington said, “NBC is using the same producer and reporter who, in 2010, attempted to denigrate our Company and the Model 700, the most popular bolt-action rifle in the world. Now they are at it again, only this time they have set their sights on the most popular shotguns in the world.”

And Remington added, “Unfortunately, NBC continues to push the agendas of plaintiffs’ attorneys and anti-gunners, relying on their clearly biased assertions, and upon paid so-called “experts.” These “experts” have been repeatedly hired by plaintiff’s attorneys to testify against Remington, as well as at least 16 other firearms manufacturers, to suit their own personal and economic agendas.”

The website, RespectRemington.tv, is full of videos that feature law enforcement, military and hunting experts advocating and praising Remington products.

As well as others that challenge the credibility of the experts NBC used as sources.

Looking at the controversy with more scrutiny it seems like it is made up of he said, she said details. Everything NBC reported, Remington can contradict. And for every question Remington raises about the story, NBC has an answer.

The accidents, although real, are questionable if they happened simply because of a defect in Remington’s design or if they were, like Remington may have suggested, caused by user error.

To Remington’s credit, these guns have decades of use both in service and the civilian market with very few complaints. On top of that, some of the models in question aren’t even manufactured anymore and the anecdotes are several years old.

Have you ever experienced an accidental discharge with a Remington gun without pulling the trigger? What are your thoughts?

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