I don't intent to get into a pissing contest, but I am sure that I'm correct about the older M700 saftey[SIC].
Uh, no, you're not correct. Do you even OWN
any Model 700s? Didn't think so. The bolt locking style of safety is not itself unsafe. If the trigger has been improperly adjusted (i.e., incorrect sear engagement), then the rifle can discharge if the bolt or trigger assembly is jarred. This also includes opening the bolt or disengaging the safety for unloading. Remington has elected to change the safety to the type that does not lock the bolt so that the chamber can be unloaded while the trigger is locked. Interestingly, Remington offered retrofitting of the older bolt locking safety to post-1982 Model 700s as late as 1998, but due to liability concerns (and people spreading bullshit rumors), has opted to discontinue that practice, too.
From the Remington website:
Remington is offering a safety modification program to remove the bolt-lock mechanism from certain Remington bolt-action centerfire firearms made prior to March, 1982. (Post-1982 bolt-action firearms were not manufactured with bolt-lock mechanisms). To determine whether your firearm has a bolt-lock mechanism and is subject to the safety modification program, “click” on the model listed below and follow the directions included.
The unloading process for most bolt-action firearms with a bolt-lock mechanism cannot begin unless the manual safety is placed in the ‘F” or “Off or Fire” position. If you participate in the program your firearm will be modified to eliminate the bolt-lock feature and you will be able to unload your firearm while the safety is kept in the “S” or “ On Safe” position. The operation of your firearm will not otherwise be affected.
Here are the basic program elements:
The firearms will be cleaned and inspected and the bolt lock mechanism will be removed for $20.00 plus shipping and handling.
We will return the gun to you with a $20.00 rebate coupon good towards the purchase of any Remington brand safety product (eye protection, hearing protection, cable and trigger locks, gun cabinets and gun safes.)
If your Model 700 or 40-X rifle has a bolt-lock mechanism, it is eligible for this bolt-lock Safety Modification Program. If you participate, your firearm will be cleaned and inspected for proper functioning by a qualified gunsmith. Once the condition of your firearm has been assessed, you will be notified of one of the following:
- Your firearm’s trigger assembly is otherwise in good operating condition, and the gunsmith will proceed to physically remove the bolt-lock feature so that your rifle can be loaded and unloaded while the safety remains in the “S” or “On Safe” position; or
- Your rifle’s trigger assembly is found to be in an unsatisfactory or potentially unsafe operating condition because of any number of factors, including wear, alteration or maintenance. The entire trigger assembly will be replaced with a new factory trigger assembly, which does not incorporate a bolt-lock mechanism.
If I'm not, please prove me wrong.
Already did. In the future, please refrain from posting BULLSHIT. Thanks.