A member of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia sent us a link to an article buried in the electronic bowels of snipercountry.com. Remington Trigger Adjustments gives amateur gunsmiths all the information they need to lower the 700’s trigger effort to nearasdammit zero. At that point, a well-placed jolt can cause the gun to discharge. In theory. To combat just such an eventuality, the gunmaker seals the screws with glue; known in the Remington fraternity as “the Seals of God.” It’s part of the company’s legal defense against the trigger-messing dark arts. Sniper Country scribe Paul “Pablito” Coburn warns readers of the dangers involved . . .
If you are new at guns, and lack experience to do internal minor repairs and parts replacement… this may not be for you. Do not do the following unless you are skilled enough to work on guns, and responsible enough to handle them safely. I’m presenting this information as “Information Only”… it is SOLELY your decision whether you have the skill and ability to use this information.
If you have an accident, it means that you weren’t skilled enough, or responsible enough, so you shouldn’t have done the following, so it’s not my fault, neither Sniper Country’s!
This gives credence to my theory that the accidental discharge demo shown in the CNBC expose, may have been a set up. Or the aftermath of a police gunsmith’s malfeasance. [Click here, go to 2:47.] Here’s a schematic of the mechanism.
It occurs to me that Remington could have avoided all of this kerfuffle without much trouble. I’ll save that for a separate post. Meanwhile, I’m planning on taking a modified Remington 700 to the range to see if I can create a “bump fire.”
This is hardly specific to the Rem 700 or any other make/model of rifle. For semi-long range target fun, I have accurized a 'cheap' rifle (Howa 1500). Part of this was adjusting/smoothing the trigger. At 2.5 lbs, it breaks with little effort. At 1.5 lbs (about as low as it will go) it breaks with almost no effort, and accidental discharge is a distinct risk.
There's a reason combat triggers are generally in the 4+ lb. range.
There's a reason you should NEVER point a gun at something you don't want destroy.