But they walked into a closed meeting, and came out a bit richer
This isn't entirely fair.
This contract that was awarded to Remington was announced in 2009. Remington has worked 3 or so years to provide their best product for trials in competition against Sako.
Between the performance testing, the offered deal and prices, and the other criteria like simply which company most likely possesses or has demonstrated in the past that it possesses the ability to best satisfy the contract, they were award the prize.
It's just not entirely fair to characterize this as a back room deal