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Montana couple represented by lawsuit against Remington rifle's defective trigger mechanism

Nov 13, 2012

A Montana woman claims the Remington rifle her husband used on a recent hunting trip was defective and it fired unexpectedly, resulting in her serious injuries.

According to a press release announcing their lawsuit against the makers of Remington rifles, a husband and wife were nearing the end of a hunting trip in Carter County there in late-October 2007. As the husband was unloading his Remington Model 600 Mohawk rifle, the gun discharged one of the bullets, hitting his wife in the left foot.

The shot caused serious damage that required several surgeries to correct and even then, resulted in the amputation of one of her toes.

The gun fired as the woman’s husband was unloading the Remington rifle by cycling the bolt, according to the firm's statement citing the complaint. The couple is being represented by Parker Waichman LLP. The firm represents several other victims of unexpected gun shots from this and other Remington rifles with the defective Walker trigger mechanism. Remington Arms Company, Sporting Goods Properties Inc., and DuPont de Nemours and Co., have all been named as Defendants in the lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed in in U.S. District Court for the District of Montana on Oct. 12.

The Model 600 Mohawk used by the couple during that hunting trip featured the Walker Fire Control trigger mechanism. The trigger device is supposed to give users a smoother fire action but the lawsuit alleges that Remington has known for years that this trigger mechanism is defective and has resulted in numerous injuries during the time it has been used.

According to previous reports on the dangers posed by some of these Remington rifles, the Walker firing mechanism can become faulty if the gun is jarred or dropped or jostled in any manner. This causes the gun to fire without any warning. The suit claims that Remington has received more than 3,200 complaints about the defective Walker trigger mechanism between 1992 and 2004 but continued to market it as safe and hid any reports of problems associated with it.

Most of the problems have been linked to the popular Remington Model 700 rifle but the defective Walker trigger device has been installed on many other Remington rifles, including these models, according to the Parker Waichman press release:

* Model 11-48 Shotgun
* Model 552 Speedmaster Rifle
* Model 572 Fieldmaster Rifle
* Model 740/742/7400 Rifle
* Model 760 Gamemaster Rifle
* Model 770 Bolt Action Rifle
* Model 870 Pump Action Shotgun
* Model 878/879 Shotgun
* Model 1100 Shotgun
* Model 7600 Rifle
* Model Four Rifle
* Model Mohawk 48 Shotgun
* Model Six Rifle
* Model Sportsman 48 Shotgun
* Model Sportsman 58 Shotgun

Parker Waichman continues to investigate claims of injuries as a result of an unexpected shot from Remington rifles and believes it has evidence that the company is fully aware of the problems with the defective triggers. According to the release, “the company is so accustomed to such occurrences that they have developed acronyms for the when the gun misfires.”

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