In an abundance of caution, Remington announced last week that they are recalling some of their popular Model 700 and Model 7 bolt-action rifles due to a condition with the trigger that could cause accidental discharges.
Remington Arms Company, LLC ("Remington") is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 700 and Model Seven rifles which were manufactured from May 1, 2006 through April 9, 2014 and which have an X-Mark Pro ("XMP") trigger.
Remington's investigation determined that some XMP triggers might have excess bonding agent used in the assembly process, which could cause an unintentional discharge. Therefore, Remington is recalling ALL affected products to fully inspect and clean the XMP triggers with a specialized process.
Remington has advised customers to immediately cease use of recalled rifles and return them to Remington free of charge. The rifles will be inspected, specialty cleaned, tested, and returned as soon as possible. Do not attempt to diagnose or repair recalled rifles.
(What you are looking for is a smooth faced trigger such as the one on the right. The XMP has ridges on its face such as seen on the left)
What to do if you have one
Call Remington's hotline at 1-800-243-9700 (Prompt #3 then Prompt #1) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.
In addition, they have set up a website where you can enter your serial number to see if your particular rifle is at risk.
Unrelated to previous controversy
This recall is apparently unrelated to the long and arduous allegations that have plagued the Remington 700 that was highlighted by an investigative report from CNBC and others in 2010. This report alleged that the trigger mechanism used prior to 2007 on the model 700 could fire without the trigger being squeezed and had even led to deaths.
For its part Remington did a point by point rebuttal of the CNBC piece and many in the gun magazine community supported its findings.
Nevertheless, even with a faulty gun from any manufacturer, proper safety rules can insure that no accidents can occur in which a life is threatened. With that in mind:
1. Remember that all weapons are always loaded and treat them accordingly. 2. Keep your finger off the trigger until lined up on a target you want to shoot 3. Always point the muzzle only at said target, be sure of it, and what is beyond it.