TTAG scribes are working on a new batch of gun reviews. Ahead of that joyous firearms farrago, I came across a review of the Remington Model 700 50th Anniversary Edition on rifleshootermag.com. J. Scott Rupp’s piece stayed within the confines of the usual criticism-free zone, save for a kvetch that “the Allen screw on the X-Mark Pro trigger protruded from the trigger face.” And this little gem about a manufacturing issue . . .
I had only two gripes from my single day at the range, unfortunately a too-short time frame mandated by press deadlines. One, the hinged floorplate kept popping open. However, Remington jumped through a lot of hoops to get us the rifle in time to make this issue, and Lundgren told me that while the barreled action came off the manufacturing floor, the gun was assembled as a pre-production prototype by the engineering department. Had the rifle gone through the standard assembly process, this glitch surely would’ve been caught by quality control inspectors.
Are we sure about that, Freedom Group lovers? Oh, and then there’s this revealing comment:
I don’t care what anybody says: The two-position safety is fine just the way it is.
Would I be wrong to suggest that Mr. Rupp’s lack of sympathy for shooters who’ve been bitching about the 700’s two-position safety for decades indicates a certain antipathy to those who would criticize any gun about anything? Or have years of reading milquetoast gun reviews made me sensitive to proactive petulance?
In other words, fair enough?