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The Remington Arms Company, Inc is an institution pertaining to guns in the United States. Founded in 1816 by Eliphalet Remington in Ilion, New York, the company remains to be the largest manufacturer of rifles and shotguns in North America. It remains to be the only company based in the United States that manufactures ammunition and firearms.

Eliphalet Remington’s father was a blacksmith. As was the practice in those days, farmers usually made their own gun to save on money. These gun-do-it-yourself-ers usually purchase the barrel for their homemade guns. The older Remington wanted to expand his business into a manufacturer of gun barrels. He then sent his son into one of the leading manufacturers of that time to observe the process of gun-making.  Remington immediately went into the production of gun barrels.

Eliphalet Remington began designing and producing a flintlock rifle for personal use. He then entered a shooting contest and won the second honors. Many were impressed with his gun that he received orders from fellow competitors.  Thus, Remington’s gunsmithing days begun.

A series of acquisition in the last quarter of the  19th century led to the merger of Remington and  Union Metallic Cartridge thus Remington UMC came to be.


Remington produced firearms for the  Allied forces in WW1. For France, Remington manufactured the M1907-15 Berthier. For Britain, Pattern 1914 Enfield and for Russia was Model 1891 Mosin-Nagant. Russia’s ordered an enormous amount of firearms and ammunition which was never paid for due to the collapse of Imperial Russia and subsequent rule of the Bolsheviks.  The U.S. government had to intervene to save  Remington from bankruptcy. 

During the Great Depression, Remington was acquired by DuPont. In the 1950s and 1960s expanded their market  to include products such as chain saws and other sporting goods.  Remington continued in its development of rifles and shotguns. In 1962 the Model 700 bolt-action sniper rifle debuted. This rifle is Remington’s most successful and popular firearm. Variants under this line are the Remington 700PSS, Remington 700 BDL made especially for law enforcers and police. The M24 SWS is the standard sniper rifle of the US Army.

In 1993, DuPont sold Remington to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. In 2007 Cerberus Capital Management acquired Remington Arms which alter acquired Marlin Firearms.  In 2009 Remington Military products acquired Advanced Armament, a manufacturer of gun silencers.

Remington continues in its commitment to produce quality guns and ammunitions. To date it has several models of rifles, shotguns and pistols. Remington offers bolt action, pump action, semi-automatic and break action rifles and shotguns.

Current Bolt action rifles are Remington Model 770, Model 700, 673, 793, 799, 504, Model 5, 7, 710, XR-100, Model 40-XS Tactical Rifle System, Model 513T , Model 40-XB KS, 40-XB Tactical, 40-XB Rangemaster Thumbhole, 40-XBBR KS, 40-XC KS, Model 40-XRBR KS and the Modular Sniper Rifle.

Current Pump action rifles are Model 7600, Model 760, Model Six, 572 Fieldmaster and Model 7615.  Semi-automatic rifles are Model 552, 597, 750, 7400, 742, 740, Model Four, Model 8/81, Model R-15 and R-25, the ACR or Adaptive Combat Rile and the Remington Semi-Automatic Sniper System. The SPR 22 and SPR 18 are the only two rifles offered in the Break Action series.

Shotguns offered by Remington are the Versa Max, Model 11-87, 105, Model 870, Remington 887 Nitro Mag all with pump action. In the semi automatic division are the Model 59, 11-48, 1100, 11-87, SP=10, SPR 453 and Model 105 CtI.  Break Action Rifles are the Remington Premier, Model 332, SPR 100, SPR 210, SPR 220 and SPR 310.

Model 700 series are bolt-action rifles based on the centerfire bolt action.  Depending on the caliber, these series come in 3, 4 or 5 round magazine. Some have floor plate for fast unloading while others don’t have floor plate and are called “blind”. This model was designed and developed for mass production.  It is operated manually with two forward dual-opposed lugs. The cartridge’s base is fully enclosed with the bolt face recessed and fitted with a coil spring ejector.  The head, body and bolt handle are brazed together with the receiver milled from rounded cross-sectional steel. The 700 actually has three major variants: military, police and the public. 

The military version has the M24 Sniper Weapon System and the M40 sniper. The police have the 700P Light Tactical Rifle and the 26” 700P. The public version is meant for varmints. Variants are the Model 700 ADL, 700 BDL, 700 CDL and the Safari version.

Remington introduced the Hypersonic Steel, a shotgun shell that travels at 1700 FPS. This is certainly the fastest commercial shell. The Versa Max is an auto-loading shotgun introduced in the last quarter of 2010.






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