Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in outdoor and travel markets. A former small-town newspaper editor and reporter, she constantly hunts for news headlines you need to read. Barbara also publishes Women’s Outdoor News online and pens columns for the National Wild Turkey Federation and Shooting Sports USA. Hailing from the Ozarks of Missouri, this avid hunter is now mentoring the second generation of hunters - her own little bevy of Realtree-wearing grandchildren.
Remington Reloads and Goes on Offense Versus NBC
On April 11, NBC Nightly News aired a segment that purported that Remington Arms shotguns – Models 870 and 1100 – have design flaws that make them unsafe for users. This is not the first time the network has accused Remington of unsafe design. In September 2010, it pointed its finger at Remington for ignoring a problem with safety on its Model 700 rifle. CNBC Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn investigated Remington and reported that the company continues to ignore defects in its firearms, and asserts that it now has problems with shotguns.
The network supports its claims by relying on two “paid experts,” who have been hired by attorneys to testify not only against Remington, but also against 16 other firearms manufacturers. Read more about the experts at Weaponsman.com.
At the NRA Annual Meetings last week in St. Louis, I talked to Remington spokesperson Teddy Novin, who told me that Remington is locked and loaded and going on the offense. He asked that people connect to www.respectremington.tv to follow the rebuttal of NBC’s allegations. At the Remington booth, I also noticed that beginning on April 16, the company intends to fire one post a day at its website concerning NBC’s unfair and false accusations. Several testimonies have been uploaded that reflect Remington’s customers’ loyalty and trust.
Remington is proud that its firearms are not only used by hunters, but also shotgun sporting enthusiasts, law enforcement, the military and for home defense. At last count, there were more than 10 million Model 870s in the field.
Do you own a Remington? Why?