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Remington Under Fire

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The Remington Model 700-series rifle — with more than five million sold — is one of the world’s most popular firearms. Famous for its accuracy, the rifle is now the target of a series of lawsuits alleging that it is unsafe and susceptible to firing without pulling the trigger. Remington insists its rifle is safe, trusted, and reliable, though a trail of death and serious injury dating back decades has prompted critics to ask whether this iconic American company has compromised safety in the name of profits, and gone too far in trying to protect its signature product. Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn’s report is the result of a 10-month CNBC investigation.

Video Excerpts

  • Remington Under Fire: A CNBC Investigation     Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    Famous for its accuracy, the Remington 700-series rifle is now the target of a series of lawsuits alleging it is susceptible to firing without pulling the trigger. Remington insists the rifle is safe, but a trail of death and serious injury dating back decades has critics asking if the company compromised safety in the name of profit. Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn's report is the result of a 10-month CNBC investigation.

  • Remington Under Fire: A CNBC Investigation     Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    CNBC's 10-month investigation stretched from Florida to Alaska, turning up thousands of complaints, two dozen deaths, more than 100 injuries and 75-plus lawsuits, all alleging the gun fired without the trigger being pulled.

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  • CNBC's senior correspondent and lead investigative reporter, Scott Cohn also appears on "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," the "Today" and on MSNBC.

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