Montana Firearm And Hunting Accident Lawyer
Ramler Law Office, P.C., represents individuals who have been injured and the families of individuals who have been killed by defective Remington bolt-action series rifles. From our office in Belgrade, Montana, we represent clients throughout the Bozeman area, all of Montana, and across the country.
Richard Ramler represented the family of 9-year-old Gus Barber, who was killed when a Remington Model 700 series bolt-action rifle discharged when the safety was released to unload the rifle. Mr. Barber was featured in the CNBC documentary “Remington Under Fire.” (See a Bozeman Daily Chronicle article about the incident.) More than 150 lawsuits involving the defective trigger system have been filed by injured people.
Ramler Law Office, P.C. represented plaintiffs in a series of class action lawsuits that resulted in a U.S. Federal District Court ordering Remington Arms Company, LLC to replace the trigger system in every Remington Model 700 bolt action rifle manufactured from 1962 to April 9, 2014, at no charge to the rifle owner at the request of the owner. This order applies to approximately 6 million Remington Model 700 rifles and is the result of the settlement approved by the Federal Court in Pollard v. Remington Arms Company, LLC. The Federal Court further ordered Remington to replace the trigger system in every Remington Model 710, 715, and 770 rifle manufactured with a trigger mechanism that utilizes a trigger connector at no charge at the request of the owner. This part of the order applies to approximately 750,000 rifles. The Court order became effective on October 23, 2018.
What Is The Actual Defect?
The defect in these types of guns deals directly with the trigger and safety system, known as the “Walker” fire control, a reference to the principal design engineer. This fire control is unique because it incorporates a “trigger connector” as an extra part. This part is not attached to the trigger body and is “free-floating” or “resiliently” mounted.
Due to the way the trigger connecter is mounted, the rifle can fire without the trigger being pulled. The rifle may misfire or inadvertently fire when the connector fails to fully reposition itself under the sear. Unfortunately for consumers, this means that the rifle may misfire or accidentally discharge without a trigger pull. The rifles typically discharge when the safety is released, or when the bolt is being opened or closed.
Millions of these types of rifles have been sold by Remington in various models since 1948. Unfortunately, the defects have led to serious injuries and wrongful deaths throughout the country.
Meet With An Experienced Products Liability Attorney
Knowing that the defect exists can save lives. If you have a Remington Model 700 series rifle, it is important that you are aware of the dangers. To discuss your defective firearm case, whether it is a fatal accident or serious injury matter, call 406-924-4810 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.