Hightower Angelley’s Jeff Hightower, Jr., the only attorney to take the deposition of a designated Remington representative since before 1994, did so for the second time on November 10, 2010. This time, Remington made at least three startling admissions.
First, Remington admits that it has received up to 10,000 reports of unintended discharge for its Walker fire control:
Q. As a representative of Remington, are you aware with regard to how many reports Remington has received of unintended discharge for its firearms containing a trigger connector?
A. Somewhere between 5 and 10,000.
Second, and perhaps more alarming, Remington admits that rifles containing the Walker fire control have released the firing pin absent a trigger pull in Remington’s own testing up to 200 times. It is important to note that this estimate is for 2002 to the present only; Remington has been making the Walker fire control since the 1940s.
Q. How many times since 2002 have Remington’s connector-containing bolt action rifles fired absent a trigger pull during gallery testing?
A. Possibly between 100 and 200 is a guess.
Hightower also asked if an examination could be made of the up to 200 units that released the firing pin without a trigger pull since 2002. Not only are the fire control mechanisms unavailable, there are no records kept regarding the test failures:
Q. And for the 100 to 200 times that the rifles containing the connector discharged absent a trigger pull, is there any documentation other than the event itself with regard to the occurrence? And by that, I mean is there — are there any measurements taken, are there any photographs taken, is there any video taken, anything to document the –
Q. — actual state of the fire control?
A. I am unaware of any documents.
Hightower Angelley attorneys are committed to being the leading advocates for those killed or injured by Remington’s defective fire control mechanism.