Remington Lands Army Ally Contract for 5.56 NATO Carbines

Remington Defense will supply U.S. allies with a batch of carbines chambered for 5.56 NATO. (Photo: Remington)

Remington Arms secured a contract with the U.S. Army to deliver an unspecified number of carbines to key American allies. The fixed-firm-price contract is worth just shy of $24.5 million dollars.

“Remington is proud of our continuing contribution to public safety and our nation’s national security priorities worldwide,” said Remington in a statement. “We look forward to continuing our daily dedication to the design, production, and delivery of the highest quality military and law enforcement products for our public safety officers, warfighters, and allies alike.”

This is a shot in the arm for the long-suffering American manufacturer. Remington’s reputation and quality began to suffer after failing to land major U.S. military contracts starting a few years back.

Neither the Army nor Remington is indicating who will receive the contract. It could be any number of armed forces or security services from the Middle East to the Pacific Islands.

Remington produces a number of rifles that could fit the bill but chances are the order is for M4- or M4A1-pattern carbines, which are the most commonly issued.

The solicitation for the contract went out earlier this month. Colt and FN America also placed bids but ultimately Remington landed the deal.

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It’s fair to say many at Remington are looking forward to this contract and hope that it will lead to more. Due to leadership changes and quality control issues it will take more than faith in the brand for consumers to return to Remington in numbers.

Remington filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and quickly emerged after restructuring its debt. In recent years Remington accrued around $950 million in debt.

The company’s been focused on consumer-oriented products including high-end and semi-custom competition pistols, but companies this large need more. Government and agency contracts like these can help them out when individual sales are low.

It can also help bolster a company’s reputation. Despite Remington’s problems many people are considering returning to the company now that the company has undergone so many changes. They are, after all, an American icon.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. His ambition is to follow Thomas Paine, as a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • ejharb August 28, 2018, 10:52 am

    Sometimes the worst enemy of a organization is its the gun industry we have many examples of old line companies being seriously damage or destroyed by leadership;colt,smith and wesson, and of course Remington.ruger before it tops 100 may suffer this too.

  • Blue Dog July 28, 2018, 3:14 pm

    Must not be much of an ally if we are intentionally giving them modern Remingtons.

  • Milan Krkljus July 27, 2018, 4:57 pm

    If it’s like any of their recent semi auto offerings, it will be a jam machine. I wouldn’t want to have my life dependant on it functioning at 100%.

  • Area 52 July 27, 2018, 3:49 pm

    If they were able to secure a government contract I guess their sales department did their job well. I hope their quality control department follows their example.

  • Winston July 27, 2018, 11:35 am

    An ‘army ally’ is not an ally of the American people. That could be the derelict Saudis, UAE, Qatar, nazi Ukraine or some US-supplier narcotics kingdom such as Columbia or Mexico.

  • Marc July 27, 2018, 9:52 am

    Remington is an American icon, but the bottom line is quality products.

  • Buddy Gault July 27, 2018, 8:53 am

    So what will this new carbine look like from Remington? As worded I think it will be different from the M-16 or M-4.

    • Phil Whitehead July 27, 2018, 9:18 am

      It will look just like any other government specified tool.
      The Colt can’t be told from an FN at a small distance and same will be true with Remington.

  • joefoam July 27, 2018, 8:46 am

    With Remingtons reputation for poor quality control as of late, I don’t think I would want to be issued one and have my life dependent on it.

    • CaptMidnight July 27, 2018, 7:40 pm

      Wonder if they will come pre-rusted from the factory like 870 shotguns?

  • Nicks87 July 26, 2018, 7:44 am

    I’m still waiting for that 6.5mm creedmoor Gen 2 upper. C’mon Remington/DPMS what are you waiting for?

    • Dave July 27, 2018, 5:46 am

      @Nicks87: 6.5 Creedmoor?????? Frorm Remington????? Obviously you dont know, but Remington has this cartridge called the 260 Remington and its faster than the Creedmoor ….AND, creedmoor has failed to prove that it is more accurate.

      • Phil Whitehead July 27, 2018, 9:22 am

        Any DPMS/SR25 pattern upper will fit your lower.

    • Remington 700 Shooter August 17, 2018, 7:42 am

      Actually, Remington already introduced Remington 700 ADL in 6.5 Creedmore. So upper should be available soo, too.

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