The Remington Model 700–up until 2007–contains a trigger mechanism designed in the late 1930′s by a target shooter named Merle “Mike” Walker. He has testified that he designed the gun for professionals and target shooters. That is relevant because the rifle’s fire control was never intended to be subjected to the environmental stresses of hunting. Remington, however, liked the design, and thought that its “feel” would be appealing to the customer. The rifle was also accurate and relatively inexpensive.
But to obtain that feel, Walker had to insert an extra part. That part, in addition to the “Walker” fire control’s failure to force proper engagement between critical parts, causes the rifle to fire under certain circumstances before the trigger is pulled or without a simultaneous trigger pull. In essence, the extra part prevents the trigger mechanism from appropriately resetting after a trigger pull.
This problem usually shows up in one of two ways. First, the rifle can fire when the safety is released. Remington abbreviates this as FSR for Fire on Safety Release. Second, the rifle can fire when the bolt is closed or opened. Remington abbreviates this as FBC or FBO for Fire on Bolt Closing or Fire on Bolt Opening.
Some people call these misfires. That term is inaccurate, however. A misfire describes a bullet that does not fire upon being struck by the firing pin. The more appropriate term for these issues is “un-commanded discharge.” That is, the rifle fires absent the intent of the gun handler and without a trigger pull.
Obviously, a rifle that fires without a trigger pull is very dangerous. Our office has over 25,000 pages of customer complaint files and we are continually working to help the victims of Remington 700 incidents.
If you are a loved one is hurt in a hunting accident, call us at (214) 826-5400. We will answer any questions you may have and walk you through the steps that must be taken to achieve a recovery.