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Remington Model 700 Rifle Lawsuit Claims Defect Caused Misfire

Oct 9, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP

Another lawsuit has been filed against Remington Arms Company on behalf of an individual who claims to have been injured as a result of a Remington Model 700 rifle misfire. The lawsuit alleges that Remington has known about the Model 700 rifle trigger’s dangerous propensity to fire without a trigger pull for decades.

No other rifle manufacturer uses this design. 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.

Remington even redesigned the fire control for the Model 700 with a newly designed trigger, the X-Mark Pro. That design was completed in 2002. Even today, Remington installs the new fire control into some but not all of its bolt-action rifles. However, Remington chose to continue with its Walker design for financial reasons, never warning the public.

Jay Rambo is just one of thousands of people who have filed lawsuits over Remington Model 700 rifle misfires. In several lawsuits involving Remington Model 700 rifle misfire injuries, the rifle maker has been ordered to pay substantial damages to plaintiffs. The company has also paid out about $20 million to settle such lawsuits out-of-court.

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