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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: Remington Under Fire
For the previous 50 years, most pickup tanks were usually in the cab behind the seat, prior to placing them along the frames. Decisions on where to put things is usually made from the standpoint of production costs.
Doing things from the standpoint of safety, more stems from government declarations and/or trial and error.
Same with firearms, for the most part. Few original designs have lasted forever without some changes, which is why we now have added "safeties" on such things as M94s and M336s.
It's a given that there are/were problems with the original M700 trigger/safety system. Some are/were caused by tinkering and poor maintenance, some may be from an inherent weakness in the original design?
Bottom line, is that probably no one was ever injured if basic firearm safety was followed when handling the M700, just as with any other rifle. The lady that unloaded hers and killed her son, obviously wasn't handling her rifle in a safe manner, since she had it pointed at him when it discharged.
Any mechanical device <u>can</u> fail, regardless of how well it was designed or manufactured. Stick with that and you'll likely never have any major problems.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B