Two Remington Model 700 owners have submitted a filing in a federal court asking the judge to investigate claims that repaired triggers are still malfunctioning.
In 2014, Remington settled a class-action lawsuit in which gun owners claimed defective triggers caused the rifles to fire without the triggers being pulled. The company has consistently denied the allegations, but they offered to replace the firing mechanisms on millions of firearms to avoid continued litigation. They also recalled thousands of firearms and offered to replace the trigger because “excess bonding agent” could cause triggers to malfunction.
CNBC published an article in April of this year claiming to have reviewed “nearly a dozen” repair reports from Model 700 owners claiming that the triggers malfunctioned even after they had been repaired.
Citing this article, Model 700 owners Lewis Frost and Richard Denney filed a request asking U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith in Missouri to convene a hearing and seek information from Remington and the class action plaintiffs.
“There is an obvious increased danger of unwarranted reliance on the safety of the replacement trigger mechanism because that repair is wrapped in the authority of the court,” wrote an attorney in a court filing. “Here the court-approved repair apparently does not eliminate the danger/defect.”
But the class action plaintiffs have not reported similar issues.
“Our firms collectively received hundreds of calls regarding the settlement,” Eric Holland, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said in an email to CNBC. “To date, not one putative class member has contacted any of us regarding any allegations of any retrofitted firearms misfiring.”
CNBC only spoke with one Model 700 owner who said his rifle fired without the trigger being pulled – even after the firing mechanism had been repaired or replaced.
Montana resident William Cook said he took his rifle to an authorized repair shop, but it fired after he switched off the safety during an elk hunt. He said his hand wasn’t near the trigger, and he nearly injured his hunting partner.
“I’m lucky I didn’t blow his liver out,” he said in an interview.
CNBC cited two additional repair orders.
One owner claimed to be “afraid to use this gun because of the safety issue involved.” He said his rifle fired when he closed the bolt after putting a round in the chamber.
Another customer claimed that his gun malfunctioned only after the repairs were done.
“I never had any problem before the trigger was replaced,” he said.
Remington confirmed in the reports that the customers had not altered the triggers, according to CNBC. But Remington was unable to duplicate the malfunction. The company nonetheless offered to replace the trigger — or the entire gun — at no charge.
Remington spokespeople declined to comment when reached by GunsAmerica for comment.