Many serious hunting accident cases involve a person being injured by a defective firearm, often at the hands of a horrified loved one. These sporting accidents are preventable tragedies. Injured hunters are entitled to compensation for their suffering and losses.
Along with other firearms with a Walker fire control, the Remington 700 is among the most dangerous and defective guns in use today. Since the firearms industry is not regulated — much to the chagrin of many hunters — injured hunters and their family members must resort to the courts to hold the manufacturer accountable for the 700's flawed design. Injured parties must demonstrate in court that the product they purchased was dangerous and defective by design or manufacture.
It is impossible to safely handle an unsafe gun — see the NRA's gun safety rules.
Confronting Poor Design With Legal Firepower
At the law firm of Monsees & Mayer in Kansas City, Missouri, we represent injured hunters and their families in claims involving the Remington 700 and other poorly designed firearms. We are aggressive in pursuing maximum compensation — and a sense of justice — for our clients.
Our attorneys have appeared on 60 Minutes and other television shows to discuss defective firearms, matters related to gun safety and consumer product safety.
Expert testimony is essential to the success of a case involving a defective firearm because strict liability — not simple negligence — must be demonstrated in order to win a case.
The Specific Problem With The Remington 700
The Remington Model 700 bolt-action rifle — and its related firearms, the Model 770, Model 710, Model 600, Model 660, Model 721 and Model 722 — has a history, known and documented by Remington, that it will fire without the trigger being pulled. The Model 700 has a unique trigger system called the "Walker Fire Control." No other firearm manufacturer in the world has a trigger or fire control system equipped with a "trigger connector."
For a variety of reasons, Model 700 riles can unintentionally and unexpectedly fire, even when the trigger is not pulled. Such firings can occur when the rifle's safety is shifted from the "safe" to the "fire" position. Remington calls such events "fires on safety release" or "FSR." While an FSR is the most common malfunction, rifles may also fire when the bolt is cycled and closed, or "fires on bolt closure" ("FBC"). They may also "fire on bolt opening" ("FBO") or "jar off" ("JO") when the rifle is bumped or dropped.
Unintended firings occur when the "trigger connector" fails to engage with the "sear." The trigger connector is a free-floating part, held to the trigger body only by a spring, designed to return the trigger to a proper position after each cycling of the bolt.
Field debris (grit, sand, dust and dirt), manufacturing burrs or microscopic shavings, corrosion, rust, ice crystals or dried lubricant can all prevent the trigger connector from properly engaging the sear. If so, the rifle is primed to fire unexpectedly, presenting a horrific threat to bystanders and the gun handler.
More Than Three Decades Of Experience
Members of Monsees & Mayer, P.C., have been pursuing cases and claims against Remington Arms and its predecessor companies for nearly 30 years. No law firm in the United States has successfully handled more claims or lawsuits. We have the experts. We have the experience. We have the thousands of Remington documents necessary to prove a case. For examples of recent lawsuits filed against Remington for defects in Remington Rifles, including a pending national class action lawsuit for compensation to all Remington Model 700 owners, check out these resources:
- Important Clarifications on Tentative Remington Settlements
- Remington Files Agreement to Settle Two Economic Loss Class-Action Lawsuits
Remington has received thousands of complaints from customers who have demanded answers as to why their rifle fired when the trigger was not pulled. In 2010, the CNBC network aired a documentary on this topic, which includes video footage demonstrating the defect. To view the CNBC program "Remington Under Fire," click here.
In 2006, after nearly 50 years of customer complaints, injuries and deaths, Remington replaced the Walker Fire Control with the "X Mark Pro" or "XMP". Remington recalled all rifles equipped with the X-Mark Pro, due to a defect in manufacturing that can also cause these triggers to malfunction resulting in a firing of the rifle without a pull of the trigger.
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