The Remington firearms company has initiated a voluntary safety recall of certain Model 700 and Model Seven rifles that can fire unintentionally, causing injury and possibly death.
The recalled rifles were manufactured between May 1, 2006 and April 9, 2014 and are equipped with X-Mark Pro, or XMP triggers. An “excess bonding agent being applied in the assembly process,” causes the problem, not the trigger itself, the recall notice says. Remington discovered that these rifles can fire unintentionally, creating a dangerous, possibly fatal, situation. The problem is specific to the XMP trigger only and other Model 700 and Model Seven rifles are unaffected by the recall, Guns.com reports. Rifles made after April 9, 2014 are not subject to recall.
Remington said the problem triggers can be identified by their smooth faces; rifles with serrated trigger faces are not affected. Rifle owners who think their rifles fall under this recall should call Remington at 1.800. 243.9700, and give the gun’s serial number, located on the barrel at the receiver. Owners can also check the serial number at the recall web site: xmprecall.remington.com. The company advises every owner to visit the web site to confirm whether their serial number is on the list of affected rifles.
Remington advises owners not to use or fire any recalled rifle, and not to even load these guns. According to the recall notice, “Remington will provide shipping, inspection, specialty cleaning, and return at no cost to you.” The company emphatically cautions owners not to attempt to diagnose or repair the rifle on their own.
Remington says owners can confirm that a returned rifle has been inspected and has undergone specialty cleaning by a punch mark Remington will make on the bolt release. Rifles manufactured after April 9 will have a punch mark on the bolt release.
This recall is unrelated to earlier allegations that Remington knowingly manufactured firearms with faulty trigger systems, according to Guns.com.