Remington Model 700 and Model Seven Recall

Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 700™ and Model Seven™ rifles which were manufactured from May 1, 2006 through April 9, 2014 and which have an X-Mark Pro® (“XMP®”) trigger. All product manufactured after April 9, 2014 is not subject to recall.

via Remington Recall.

Yup, ALL Remington Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with X-Mark Pro® triggers, manufactured between May 1, 2006 and April 9, 2014 are being recalled. Why? Because according to Remington, some of these rifles may have had excessive amounts of bonding agent applied to their trigger assemblies.

While Remington stands by the XMP trigger design, they say they are acting out of an abundance of caution and recalling all such rifles.  You’ll want to look at the actual recall notice itself for details.  but, they have created a dedicated website and hotline for the recall.

Remington is providing free return and service of the rifles. Details are provided via the website and help desk. Per Remington’s statement, do not attempt to fix or diagnose the rifle yourself. Owners are asked to stop using their rifles immediately and contract Remington to arrange return and service.  Again, this is FREE. My own Remington 700 SPS Varminter is under recall and will be headed back to Remington soon.

-GM

 

Springfield Armory Recall Update

Good news…Sort of. Springfield Armory has issued an update on the recall of XD-S series pistols. Late last month, they were still working on a solution and according to the latest update, they think they’ve identified the final solution and are testing it now. Springfield Armory says they will have a new update by Friday, October 11, 2013.

-Gary

Your recalled XD-S is going to be gone for a while longer than expected…

A few weeks back, Springfield Armory issued a safety recall of the 3.3 XD-S series of pistols. Not all of the pistols, just those within a specific range of serial numbers. Specifically, 3.3 XD-S™ 9mm pistols – serial numbers between XS900000 and XS938700 and 3.3 XD-S™ .45ACP pistols – serial numbers between XS500000 and XS686300.

As of Friday however, Springfield Armory issued a revisio/update in which they indicated the original 30-day turnaround time might not be sufficient to resolve the issues surrounding the fine Croatian craftsmanship of the XD-S line. According to the latest notice, they are currently testing upgrade solutions and will post an update no later than October 4th.

We originally estimated a 30-day turn-around time, but it has unfortunately taken longer to develop and identify an upgrade solution. Please know that we are continuing to test potential upgrade solutions at this time and we have been doing so since we became aware of this issue. This testing is nearing completion and we will post any new updates as soon as we have identified a final upgrade solution. We will post our next update no later than Friday, October 4, and we will communicate immediately if a final solution is identified prior to that date. We wish that we could provide you with a specific return date at this time, but we are unfortunately unable to do so. Upgrades will be completed on a “first come / first served” basis.

So what does this mean? Well, it means that if you’ve already sent your gun to Springfield Armory, it might be a while before you get it back and as of today. Springfield Armory can’t tell you when you’ll get your gun back. I’m not going to tell you that you should have purchased some other gun because this really could have happened with any manufacturer. However, if your XD-S was the only gun you owned, you’ve been left high and dry for the time being with no gun and no clue when you’ll get it back. That’s not cool.

Why it’s taking so long:

We pledge to you that we are working as fast as we can, and have greatly increased our staff and number of shifts to ensure that we are leveraging every hour in the day.

We understand that our decision to announce a voluntary safety recall without a final solution in place has caused confusion and frustration. We sincerely apologize for that inconvenience. However, your safety is, and always has been, our paramount concern. And that is why we decided to issue the voluntary safety recall before we had a guaranteed upgrade solution in place.

Our decision not to wait was based on putting you, our customer, first. Some companies build in several weeks of lead time before announcing their recalls. But, we didn’t feel that was the most responsible approach in this case since our priority is your safety.

Please know that we are committed to resolving this matter as quickly as possible and we are committed to ensuring that you will be very pleased with your upgraded 3.3 XD-S™. As a reminder, do not use your 3.3 XD-S™ until the upgrade has been performed.

To Springfield’s credit, they really have acted out of an abundance of caution. It’s a pain in the butt and I’m sure a source of consternation however, it would have been irresponsible for them to recognize a dangerous problem and not say anything. Imagine if you will, how we might have reacted had Springfield known about this and not said anything when news reports came in of guns going bang just because you racked the slide.

-Gary