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Old September 25, 2021, 06:16 PM   #7
jmr40
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Every Remington bolt action except the 788 made between 1946 and October 2006 has trigger that is a flawed design. Every single one of them will discharge when the safety is moved to the fire position if the trigger connector just happens to line up in the wrong spot with no trigger pull.

This is the only trigger in the history of firearms to use a trigger connector. The engineer who designed the gun discovered the flaw in 1946 and designed a new trigger without the use of a connector just like every one else used. Remington management declined to make the change.

Granted the odds of that happening are slim, but if you keep the gun long enough it will eventually happen. My 1974 production rifle did it the 1st time at some point in the 1990's.

Fortunately for me it happened when the gun was unloaded. I pulled the gun from the safe and moved the safety to the fire position in order to open the bolt and verify the gun was unloaded. Remington's made prior to 1982 would lock the bolt down when on "SAFE" and you had to move the gun to "FIRE" in order to open the bolt.

It did it 2-3 times in a row and didn't do it again for over 20 years. It did the same thing, unloaded, about 5 years ago. After the 2nd incident I replaced the trigger with a Timney.

Remington adopted the alternate design drawn up in 1946 in October of 2006. BUT.... Some of the rifles built from 2007-2014 somehow got adhesive dripped into the trigger housing during assembly causing issues. There were only a handful of guns that had this happen, but they did a recall on those guns.

The older guns were only recently recalled due to a class action lawsuit. If you buy, or own an older gun and want the trigger replaced Remington will do it for you. But installing an aftermarket trigger isn't hard and doesn't cost much more than shipping the gun to Remington. That is what I'd advise.

When buying an older gun with the original trigger I'd factor in the cost of a new trigger when haggling over price.
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