Remington’s decade’s long fight for a vindication of its Model 700 may finally be over, for better or for worse. Judge Ortrie Smith, U.S. District Court of the Western District of Missouri, has approved a settlement.
The settlement applies to owners of Remington Model 700, Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, 770, 600, 660, XP-100, 721, 722, and 725 firearms containing a Remington trigger mechanism that utilizes a trigger connector. The settlement calls for two actions.
Remington will retrofit a new X-Mark Pro or other connectorless trigger mechanism at no cost to the class members and it will include a voucher code for Remington products redeemable at Remington’s online store. For those who replaced the trigger on their own, Remington will refund the cost of replacement.
About two dozen deaths and over a hundred injuries have been blamed on the rifle’s alleged tendency to fire, without pulling the trigger, when the safety release is deactivated. Remington internally refers to it as F.S.R. (firing on safety release) and maintains the accidental discharges are the result of improper firearm handling.
About 7.5 million Model 700 bolt action rifles, or its various variants, have been produced since its inception in 1962. The ubiquitous rifle action, which is a favorite of snipers worldwide, hunters and recreational shooters, is chambered in a wide variety of calibers from .17 Rem to .458 WM.
Consumers who own one of the rifles may contact Remington to determine eligibility.