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editor's letter

"O

kay, so American
Rifleman gave a Golden
Bullseye Award to a gun
that, if used, could 'result in property
damage, serious personal injury
or death,'" wrote one NRA member. "Do you guys read your own
magazine? See the Versa Max recall
on page 94 in the May issue-it's for
the same gun you gave a Golden
Bullseye to as Shotgun of the Year on
page 63!" Added another: "It looks
like you are in Remington's pocket."
I recently ran about 250 rounds
through a Versa Max-everything
from 1-oz. target loads through
3½" turkey loads. They all worked,
and, despite the dire warnings
crafted by Remington's attorneys
in the recall, I lived to tell the tale.
The voting for the Golden Bullseye Awards occurred long before
the recall was announced but
before the awards were presented
at the NRA Annual Meetings in
Pittsburgh. We seriously considered
rescinding the award, but chose to
go forward after long discussions
between our staff and Remington.
The Versa Max's Versa Port gas system is a significant development in
shotgun design. As we deliberated,
the recall was of such a nature that it
did not override the technological
innovation of the gun.
Early in production, with the first
several hundred guns, there was a
burr on a "non-critical dimension"
of the hammer that could result
in the hammer hanging up on the
receiver's interior, thus impeding hammer travel. The gun with
an "out of specification" hammer
would not fire until the weight of
the hammer and its spring power
overcame the friction between the
hammer's burr and the receiver's
interior. Then it would fire-not an
ideal situation, obviously.
The company implemented
a production fix as soon as the
potential condition was identified
and got almost all of the VersaMax
guns back before those with the
potential malfunction were sold. But
Remington didn't get them all, thus
the recall. Remington management

assured me that the problem did
not occur with a consumer, only in
its own internal testing.
We judged the problem to be
one that was easily corrected,
and Remington got out ahead of
the issue quickly enough not to
merit revocation of the award.
Remington is indeed an advertiser with American Rifleman, but
we will not play monetary games
with NRA member safety under
any circumstance.
My hat is off to Remington for
the manner in which the company
addressed the problem and issued
a recall. Considering the CNBC
"Remington Under Fire" attack on
the Model 700 (January 2011, p. 44)
and the issues with firing pin mass on
the Bushmaster ACR (another recall),
it was prudent-and a good step
toward restoring consumer confidence in America's oldest gunmaker.
Also, you can ask anyone in the
management team at Remington if I
am "in their pocket." When Remington succeeds I will be the first
to congratulate those involved but,
by the same token, I have been one
of Big Green's harshest critics. The
Versa Max is the best Remington
shotgun design since the Model
1100, and no doubt you will be seeing the Versa Port system again. It
is an innovative gun that needs to
stand on its own merits, not linger
in the shadows of a recall.
Ruger's Mike Fifer once told me
that issuing a recall is one of the
toughest calls a firearm company
CEO can make. In this case it was
the right call, and Remington is to
be commended, not condemned,
for its handling of the Versa Max.
Sincerely,


http://www.ameriCanrifleman.org

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