Remington Recalls Rifles with XMP Triggers

It seems like firearm news is usually filled with Remington recalls, and today is no different. Following a recent report on the CBS show 60 Minutes, Remington has reissued the full recall of many Remington 700 and Model Seven rifles featuring the X-Mark Pro trigger. Because the affected trigger can result in unintended discharges, this is a massive safety matter that has the potential to cause serious injury or even death. Remington advises to immediate stop using your firearm and check the serial number. If your rifle falls under the recall, you’ll need to contact Remington for inspection and repair.

Remington issued a full recall on all rifles with the X-Mark Pro (XMP) trigger system manufactured between May 2006 and April 9th, 2014. Though originally announced in 2014, Remington has brought attention to the recall again after the 60 Minutes report did not accurately explain the ongoing recall efforts. The affected models have an excess of bonding material inside the trigger group that can cause a failure or malfunction, even an unintentional or delayed discharge.

The trigger on the left features a ribbed trigger face and is not subject to recall. The trigger on the right has a smooth trigger face and is subject to the recall.

The trigger on the left features a ribbed trigger face and is not subject to recall. The trigger on the right has a smooth trigger face and is subject to the recall.

From Remington:

On February 19, 2017, 60 Minutes broadcast a segment about Remington Arms Company, LLC and two tragic incidents which occurred in 2011. In narrating the details related to each incident, 60 Minutes omitted and misrepresented key facts which would have allowed the viewer to have an accurate and complete understanding about each. For example, 60 Minutes knew but did not disclose that both of the rifles in question were examined and tested by forensic scientists employed by each state’s crime lab and were found to be in proper working order. Remington provides this response to offer a more complete record of the relevant facts and a comprehensive overview of the incidents described in the story, and the recall which was at the center of the story.

The 60 Minutes segment showcased two separate incidents which it alleged stemmed from issues related to the rifles’ trigger mechanisms. Although Remington shared voluminous information and spent hours providing background information to 60 Minutes related to the recall and the two incidents, 60 Minutes failed to offer its viewers critical facts and content core to each incident. It is imperative that 60 Minutes viewers, our customers and the public, have accurate and complete information related to these two incidents as well as to the recall of Model 700 rifles with X-Mark Pro (“XMP”) triggers and the settlement of the Pollard v. Remington class action lawsuit.

Separately, after Remington’s own investigation determined that there was a possible assembly error affecting some XMP triggers, in April 2014 the company immediately and voluntarily issued an international recall on all Remington products with XMP trigger mechanisms manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014 and broadly promoted and advertised the recall. Under the recall program, over 350,000 XMP trigger mechanisms have been replaced. Firearm safety remains our number one priority.

This isn’t the first time Remington has recalled a trigger. Years prior to the XMP recall, Remington recalled the “Walker” trigger that had been used in the model 700 since the 1940s. After years of quietly settling lawsuits, Remington recalled the Walker triggers and offered to replace them with X-Mark Pro triggers. That recall was also the focus of a investigative journalism story, Remington Under Fire: a CNBC Investigation.

If you’d like to learn more about Remington’s response to the 60 Minutes segment, you can read it here: Remington Responds to 60 Minutes. If you think your rifle may be included in the recall or want to send your rifle for inspection and repair, you can find more information here: Remington Recalls XMP Rifles.

9 Comments On This Article

  1. 60 minutes is such trash never give the truth just their version leaving out important facts…..REMEMBER THE MANE!!!!…….Yellow journalism at its (Best/worst)

  2. thanks,the information is very rewarding, i have a model 700 30-06 and it checks out fine. i am deeply sorry about the accidents that have happen but we have to train our young kids and some grown ups to use the fire arms more carefully, a recall is so costly but you responded so respectful to your customers. thanks again and i will continue to purchase Remington fire arms in the future.

  3. First, Remington needs to get their act together and get back to the high quality guns they were once noted for.

    Second, never believe anything you see in the mainstream media. They will manipulate and lie any way they can to make their point.

  4. I have two Rem 700s with suspect triggers. I provided information directly to them and have never heard a word back. I have also witnessed an unaided discharge from a Rem 700 BDL in 270 Win. that is identical to mine.
    Still no word from Remington on repairs after submitting the serial numbers to their recall site.

  5. They were going downhill BEFORE the procurement from the other company, but everything that company has bought then touched has destroyed that brand names reputation whom ever it may be.”Bushmaster, Marlin, Remington,H&R, ect

  6. Unfortunately, there have been problems with Remington 700 BDL triggers going back decades.
    In 1977, I owned a Remington 700 BDL. While hunting, I had tried to shoot a 10 point buck and squeezed the trigger and nothing happened because the safety was engaged. Before I could take aim again the buck took off and was gone. I returned to the assembly point and got ready to pack up and head for home. Pointing the barrel of the rifle I released the safety and it discharged without touching the trigger. After a few attempts analyzing the problem I found the cause. If you squeezed the trigger while the safety was engaged, the firing pin would release when true safety was disengaged.
    In those days the only way to contact a company was by phone or written word.
    I called Remington’s service department and the person I talked to told me what I discribed was impossible. I told him I was willing to send them the rifle. He told me he wasn’t able to accept the rifle. I got his name and wrote Remington a letter and received a reply that stated what the technician told me. I sold the rifle and never purchased a Remington product again.

  7. Remington Manufactures fine firearms. This being said, I have a Remington model 7xx that has only been shot 4-times, has never had a screwdriver or wrench anywhere near it.
    A few years ago when the original report was aired I remembered the Remington 243 I had purchased in the 70’s that I put it the safe but never fired until approximately 2013
    I WAS aware the rifle could fire on safety so I was very careful when i tried it out.
    Long story short… My Brother has a range so i asked for his help testing the rifle. .. sure enough, I chambered a round moved the safety and it fired…. it’s been 4-5 years since we tried this test so i need to search my records to find the original text with the exact procedure we used to test the rifle… i posted the results to one of these forums that read “Remington Under Fire”
    The only reply i received was from the Attorney that was suing Remington. If i remember correctly, he wanted me to send the rifle to his firm and agree to have a deposition with a local Attorney to help with his legal case.
    I never responded but when I do find conversation on the web about this problem… I warn everyone that certain Remington 700 rifles WILL FIRE ON SAFETY.
    i suggest sending your Remington Rifle back to be inspected or call with your Model and serial number.
    I’m sure if you search for “Remington Under Fire” you will find my original comments.

    • Here is my original comment posted to a “Remington Under Fire” forum from 3.9.2011.
      I was a little off on the time line but the following is correct.
      Originally posted 3.9.2011~
      1. I have a 788-243 cal that was given to me the last year or two of production (early 1980’s). This 788 is in pristine condition and has never had a round placed in it until yesterday. (3.9.11) It has never had a screwdriver, wrench or anything other than a light coat of gun oil touch it.
      Just recently I watched the MSNBC report that I had recorded last fall . This was the report of the accidental discharge of the Model 700’s so I knew to take caution if I were to shoot it. I still had the original box of twenty rounds so I handed the weapon and rounds off to my expert gun guy (my Brother) with a warning of what may happen… He filled the clip, racked a round and pointed it at the ground. He turned and looked at me then pushed the safety and Damm! We were showered with dirt… It went off.