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Remington Arms Company is recalling Model 700 and Model 7 rifles with X-Mark Pro triggers that were manufactured between May 1, 2006 and April 9, 2014. Rifle owners are advised to immediately stop using their rifles and determine whether they are subject to this recall.

With about 5.3 million Model 700′s alone out in the wild since its debut in 1962, we can estimate Big Green sold an average of 100,000 rifles per year. With an 8 year recall window, rough (very rough) math tells us there could be as many as 800,000 rifles subject to this recall. That seems like a lot, but the Model 700 has been an extremely popular rifle.

The trouble, according to Remington’s product notification, is that excess bonding agent used in the assembly of the X-Mark Pro trigger in some rifles can lead to unintentional discharge of the rifles. Remington says the only remedy is to send recalled rifles in for inspection, cleaning and testing. They stress that consumers shouldn’t try to clean the triggers themselves.

Remington says the recall will be performed at no cost to the customer.

The two ways to determine if you have a recalled Model 700 or Model 7 are as follows:

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1. Identify the serial number and provide it to Remington’s recall support team, either by entering it at xmprecall.remington.com or calling 1-800-243-9700 (Prompt #3 then Prompt #1) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. You will be informed if your rifle is affected by this recall and given the resources needed to return the rifle for inspection and specialized cleaning.

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2. Look at the trigger. If the face of the trigger is ribbed (Photo 1 above), your rifle does not have an XMP trigger and is NOT subject to this recall. If the face of the trigger is smooth (Photo 2 above), your rifle has an XMP trigger and IS subject to this recall in which case you should immediately seek further assistance at by calling 1-800-243-9700 (Prompt #3 then Prompt #1) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT or by visiting xmprecall.remington.com.

punchedRemington says as of April 9th, 2014 they’ve begun performing corrective action on rifles that have yet to be shipped. You can tell if you’re looking at a properly built trigger and rifle by the presence of a punch mark (above) on the bolt release. Rifles that are returned to customers will also have the punch mark that confirms the rifle has been inspected and cleaned.

So, going forward from today, you don’t want to mess with any Model 700s or Model 7s that have a smooth-faced trigger bow and no punch mark on the bolt release.

I’ve asked Remington what they suggest to customers that have moved a recalled action/trigger to a different, aftermarket stock or have replaced a recalled X-Mark Pro with an aftermarket trigger. They haven’t commented, yet, but I’m willing to bet they won’t work on triggers that are outside the receiver because of the liability involved should you an improperly, customer installed trigger cause an accident.

Actions moved to other stocks seem like they wouldn’t be that hard to work with, but if the recall is as big as it could be, then they aren’t going to have the time to figure out how to work on every aftermarket Model 700/Model 7 stock out there. They’ll likely say the rifle must be returned to its factory configuration and sent in.

We’ll update this article when we hear back from Remington on the subject. In the meantime, Remington is offering recalled rifle owners a 40% discount to ShopRemingtonCountry.com and/or Remington1816.com. The details are visible after consumers complete the recall form.

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SIG Ammo Brochure

Sig Sauer Inc., is now in the ammo business. Its Elite Performance Ammunition is the company’s first-ever line of centerfire pistol ammunition. They’re shipping 5 flavors to start: 90gr .380Auto, 124gr 9mm Luger, 125gr .357SIG, 165gr .40S&W, and 200gr .45Auto.

Sig calls out three features that set its EPA ammo apart from its competition. Its unique secondary hollow point cavity, a carefully located cannelure and a premium, coated brass case.

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The SwitchBack by Thyrm offers a unique weapons light solution that allows a shooter to deploy a light while maintaining a two handed grip. Courtesy of Thyrm

The SwitchBack by Thyrm offers a unique weapons light solution that allows a shooter to deploy a light while maintaining a two handed grip. Courtesy of Thyrm

Many, if not most fights, happen in low-light. But for EDC — particularly concealed carry — having a dedicated weapon light with a special holster isn’t a reasonable option.

Plus, for those of us on a budget, having your EDC light double as your weapon light is appealing. I’ve used Safariland’s Rapid Light System in the past and I’m a big fan. It is easy to use, it can be attached and detached quickly eliminating the need for a special holster and it  allows you to maintain a two-handed grip. But, it is conspicuous. Not to mention it is more bulk than I want on my belt or in my pocket when I’m running

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We received a copy of a letter from the ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch concerning the use of arm braces on AR pistols that referenced the Sig Sauer SB15 pistol stabilizing brace specifically.

The ATF’s letter says that they’ve determined that firing a pistol from the shoulder would not cause the pistol to be reclassified as an SBR.

The letter, signed by the Chief of the ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch, Earl Griffith,  states, “the firing of a weapon from a particular position, such as placing the receiver extension of an AR-15 type pistol on the user’s shoulder, does not change the classification of a weapon.”

“Further,” wrote Griffith, “certain firearm accessories such as the SIG Stability Brace have not been classified by FTB as shoulder stocks and, therefore, using the brace improperly does not constitute a design change.”

This clears up any doubts that firing an AR pistol using the distinctly buttstock-looking SB15 could get you in trouble, even if fired while shouldered.

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The Knights Armament SOF Light Individual Carbine Kalashnikov (SLICK) was one of KAC’s entries for the Special Operations Command combat assault rifle program (SCAR). It didn’t win, but there is some very interesting engineering going on in the rifle and KAC shared some details of the stillborn rifle in this a video shared on their KnightsArmCo YouTube channel that also looks at their more conventional entry SR15-based entry and the FN SCAR that SOF ultimately adopted.

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SilencerCo says their new Wizard Staff is the quietest .22LR suppressor ever made. This is the first commercial use of Mithril as a baffle material and we are eager to hear about its durability. The Wizard Staff will retail for $22,000 Silver Shekels when it is released to retailers later this quarter.

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This leaked video and announcement from Arc’teryx, quoted below, belies what is clearly a brand in trouble. Arc’teryx, makers of performance and tactical equipment and apparel, has lost a longstanding international courtroom battle that has waged for years behind closed doors at the Hague over the use of the name “Arc’teryx”.

In 1991, the Canadian rock climbing manufacturer changed its name from Rock Solid, to Arc’teryx. What has never been reported is the reasoning behind the change of identity.

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F3 Tactical is raffling off a rare beauty of a blade. This special edition Coye Ridgeback is one in a limited run of just 20 blades. This one bears the mark of our blog-buddies over at Breach-Bang-Clear. They donated the knife and are putting 100% of the raffle proceeds to the Warrior Event Shoot Group and their mission to bring disabled service members out to the range.

Tickets are just $5 from F3 Tactical’s webstore and the drawing is April 2.

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Seems like it’s Hail and Farewell Tuesday…

We just got a note from Brittney DeVane, Blue Force Gear’s public relations manager, letting us know that she’s leaving the company. Here she is shooting a photo for Kerry ‘Pocket Doc’ Davis of Dark Angel Medical at SHOT Show 2014. (She’s on the left.)

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blackwell memoWe’ve just been told Remington Outdoor Company’s president, Scott Blackwell, has left the company. His departure was announced to employees in a confidential memo dated March 24, 2014, and shared with Military Times GearScout.

3245733aIn the memo, ROC CEO George Kollitides points to the success Blackwell had at building the company’s management team and says, “I believe this is why Scott has decided now is the time to pursue other opportunities. He is confident in the team he has put in place and wants to see them flourish.”

Blackwell joined Remington Outdoor Co., previously known as Freedom Group, in 2006 as Bushmaster’s president of sales and marketing.

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