Remington Under Fire

Remington Under Fire

Why some say a landmark legal settlement could still leave millions of defective rifles in the public's hands.

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  • Remington Under Fire: A CNBC Investigation

    CNBC's Scott Cohn examines allegations the Remington Model 700 series hunting rifle is prone to firing without pulling the trigger, and that its manufacturer, Remington, has been aware of this concern for almost 60 years. Dozens of deaths, scores of injuries, and more than a thousand customer complaints have been linked to the alleged problem. This original documentary aired on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010.

Video Excerpts

  • Remington Under Fire: Experienced user problems

    Remington has consistently stated the deaths and injuries involving its bolt-action 700 series rifles were the result of poor maintenance or unsafe handling ... except it's not just inexperienced users who say it's happened.

  • Remington Under Fire: Something unimaginable

    We found Gus Barber laying right here, wadded up in a little ball. Gus was only this thick. It went in through his left hand, entered here, and the bullet exited four inches higher on the opposite side.

  • Remington Under Fire: Mike Walker trigger design fix

    In 1948, before the gun went on sale, Mike Walker proposed a design alternative, laid out in this memo, a safety that would lock the trigger in place, preventing it from falling out of alignment and allowing the gun to go off.

  • Remington Under Fire: Mike Walker knew

    Mike Walker knew about complaints surrounding the 700. In fact, his own memos obtained by CNBC show he repeatedly raised concerns about the gun he designed.

  • Remington Under Fire: The documents

    Those documents clearly speak for themselves, says Rich Barber. And they speak volumes about what the company knew, when they knew it, what they did and what they did not do ... and what they continue to do today.

Related Articles

  • Remington Model 700 rifle

    The manufacturer of the most popular hunting rifle in the world has been aware of potential safety problems with the gun since before it went on the market—60 years ago.  Newly uncovered documents, including memos and drawings by the gun’s inventor, show company officials discussing the potential problem, as well as whether a design change is worth “the high expenditure required to make the conversion.”

  • Remington Model 700P

    At the heart of the decades-long controversy over the Remington 700 series is a piece of metal that is roughly the length of a paper clip.

  • Remington Model 700.

    Internal company documents show that at least twice, the Remington Arms Company considered a nationwide recall of its popular 700 series rifles, but decided against it despite thousands of complaints and dozens of lawsuits over inadvertent discharges.

  • Remington Model 700 rifle

    The manufacturer of the world’s most popular hunting rifle has been wrestling for decades with questions about whether the gun is safe, and at least twice considered a nationwide recall of the gun, according corporate insiders and internal documents revealed in a ten-month CNBC investigation.

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    Sunday, December 20 at 9p ET|PT