A Montana couple believes the Remington rifles they used on a recent hunting trip were defective and one of them fired unexpectedly, resulting in serious injuries.
According to a press release announcing their lawsuit against the makers of these popular rifles, a husband and wife were at the end of a hunting day in Carter County, Montana, on Oct. 31, 2007. As the husband was unloading his weapon, the gun discharged one of the bullets, hitting his wife in the left foot. The shot caused serious damage that required several surgeries to correct and even then, resulted in the amputation of one of her toes.
The gun fired as the woman’s husband was unloading their Remington Model 600 Mohawk rifle by cycling the bolt. This is one of many incidents in which a Remington rifle fired unexpectedly and not the first time it has resulted in serious injuries. Like others who’ve been injured as a result of an unexpected gun shot from a Remington rifle, the woman, alongside her husband, have filed a lawsuit against the makers of the iconic line of guns.
The couple is being represented by the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP, which represents several other victims of unexpected gun shots from Remington rifles. The firm filed a lawsuit on their behalf against Remington Arms Company, Sporting Goods Properties Inc., and DuPont de Nemours and Co., in U.S. District Court for the District of Montana on Oct. 12.
Like many other models of Remington rifles built for years, the Model 600 Mohawk used by the couple during that hunting trip featured the Walker Fire Control trigger mechanism. The trigger device was designed to give shooters a smoother firing action but the lawsuit alleges that Remington has been aware for years that this trigger mechanism is defective and has resulted in numerous injuries during the time it has been used.
The lawsuit claims the Walker firing mechanism can become faulty if the gun is jarred or dropped or jostled in any manner. This can cause the gun to fire unexpectedly, without any warning. The suit claims Remington has received more than 3,200 complaints about the defective Walker trigger mechanism between 1992 and 2004 but continued to market it as safe and hid any reports of problems associated with it.
Most of the problems have been linked to the popular Remington Model 700 rifle but the defective Walker trigger device has been installed on many other Remington rifles, including these models, according to the Parker Waichman press release:
* Model 11-48 Shotgun
* Model 552 Speedmaster Rifle
* Model 572 Fieldmaster Rifle
* Model 740/742/7400 Rifle
* Model 760 Gamemaster Rifle
* Model 770 Bolt Action Rifle
* Model 870 Pump Action Shotgun
* Model 878/879 Shotgun
* Model 1100 Shotgun
* Model 7600 Rifle
* Model Four Rifle
* Model Mohawk 48 Shotgun
* Model Six Rifle
* Model Sportsman 48 Shotgun
* Model Sportsman 58 Shotgun
Parker Waichman continues to investigate claims of injuries as a result of an unexpected shot from Remington rifles and believes it has evidence that the company is fully aware of the problems with the defective triggers. According to the release, “the company is so accustomed to such occurrences that they have developed acronyms for the when the gun misfires.”