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Remington Under Fire

If you're a fan of this blog, chances are you've fired a Remington Model 700 at some point in your life.  The 700 is to hunting what the Louisville Slugger is to baseball or the Callaway Big Bertha is to golf.  But this venerable rifle is the subject of a CNBC expose that airs tomorrow night at 9 PM EST.  Here's a highlight:

For it's part, Remington has released the following statement:

"We provided CNBC with a lot of factual information and background materials, but it appears that the story will be based upon unproven allegations from trial lawyers. The Remington model 700 is the most popular and trusted bolt action rifle in the world with over 5 million rifles produced and billions of rounds fired since 1962. Remington takes safety very seriously. As always, we strongly urge everyone to practice the ten commandments of firearms safety."
Whatever the truth here, one of Jack Belk's statements seems inarguable to us:  "A gun should not fire without the trigger being pulled."

Roger that.  And while we're on the subject, here are the 10 Commandments of Gun Safety:

1.  Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. 2.  Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use. 3.  Don’t rely on your gun’s safety. 4.  Be sure of your target and what is behind it. 5.  Use proper ammunition. 6.  If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care. 7.  Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting. 8.  Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting. 9.  Don’t alter or modify your gun and have it serviced regularly. 10. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.
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