I am aware of the controversy surounding the model 700. However I feel 90% of it is unwaranted. I pretty much use some grade of model 700 exlusively and would not hesitate to have a family member use one as well.
If you can ever do a factory tour of the Ilion, NY, plant I highly recommend it. I was there in the mid 90's and found the place full of history.
NRA & NAHC Life Member