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Buy Remington!

Dismaying news.

Remington Outdoor, the second-largest U.S. gunmaker has suffered a “rapid” and “sharp” deterioration in sales and a similar drop in profits since January, and faces “continued softness in consumer demand for firearms,” credit analysts at Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings said in a report Friday.

Bill says:

The decline may be accounted for by a growing feeling among potential buyers that President Trump, unlike his predecessor, has no intention of trying to erase the Second Amendment and take their guns in the process.

From what I’ve read, gun sales are in fact down across the board since Trump took office, for most all manufacturers and types. Of course, that’s after years of record-shattering highs during the Obama regime, despite his professed deep and abiding affection for hunting and skeet shooting. Of course, shooters know a gun-grabber when they see one, and such phonus-balonus claims are always one of the telltales.

In any event, one truly hates to see Remington suffer, especially after this:

Remington announced a plan for a new state of the art plant in Huntsville, Alabama on February 17, 2014. Remington moved two production lines from the Ilion, New York as a result of the fallout from the New York Safe Act which restricted gun ownership. Huntsville is now building the AR-15/Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) from Bushmaster, DPMS and Remington Remington R-15 and 1911 style R-1 pistols in the new AL plant which is an $87 million boon for Alabama’s economy. The new plant consolidates Remington’s production to promote efficiency and lower production costs. Experts in the gun industry believe that it is only a matter of time before Remington completely abandons its New York roots for states that are more gun friendly and pro business.

As Bill says, they did the right thing when it counted, as did Taurus back when Bill Clinton sent Albert “Second Shakra” AlGore to threaten them with undefined repercussions unless they started including free trigger locks with every product sold. Taurus, you may recollect, told Gore to get bent in no uncertain terms by including a free year’s NRA membership instead.

I always had a soft spot in my heart for ’em after that. In fact, one of the best guns I ever did own was a Taurus PT92, which I had for a decade or so and put literally thousands of rounds through without a single burp or hitch. I still have an affection for their Millennium .45, which is somewhat dampened by a rumor that their quality control has taken a severe nosedive of late for some reason.

At any rate, if you’re in the market for a boomstick this Christmas, please do consider Remington. They have a long history of making quality hunting and sporting arms behind ’em, and are deserving of our support. It’d be a damnable shame to see them lost as an unintended consequence of not having a gun-grabbing liar infesting the White House anymore.


8 thoughts on “Buy Remington!

  1. I always had a soft spot in my heart for ’em after that. In fact, one of the best guns I ever did own was a Taurus PT92, which I had for a decade or so and put literally thousands of rounds through without a single burp or hitch.

    I had and carried a PT-101 for a long time, and have the same affection for Taurus. That .40 S&W is one of a handful of guns I really wish I still had.

  2. Umnhhh…the damn rifles mal-functioned. Don’t care WHO is ‘funding’ the case, if you make a rifle which is dangerous when standing in a corner un-touched, you will have a lawsuit problem.

    And there’s more. Remington is owned by Freedom Arms, which also owns Bushmaster and DPMS. Freedom Arms is owned by Cerberus, a venture-capital firm. VC’s are not known for living skinny off their subsidiaries, and this is at least partial evidence thereof:

    On December 18, 2012, the company began divesting its assets in Freedom Group.[22] As of September 24, 2013, they had not sold any of the Freedom Group.[23] (Wikipedia)

    There are no notes indicating that Cerberus has sold any of Freedom Arms to date, either. That tells you that there’s something wacky here. Cerberus apparently is asking far too much, which tells you that the company’s earnings and ROI do not match the asking price.

    Sentiment is nice, but this is business. The 700 is outdone by any comparable Savage out of the box; there’s plenty of ammo available from other domestic sources, and Remington’s owners have screwed the pooch one time too many.

    Oh, well.

  3. Remington’s offer was more than fair and just. But then if your aim is to put a gun company out of business, then keep on suckin’.

  4. Quality at all of the Freedom Group brands has dropped since acquisition.

    That never has a positive effect on sales.

    Despite all the hue and drang about the Remington trigger issue, it’s a statistical non-event. There’s simply too many guns made that don’t have the problem to blame it as being inherent to the design.

    That really leaves the unprovable but likely situation where the owner got in there with a stone and attempted a trigger job. This is the case with the police guns so prominently mentioned most every time this topic is breached online.

  5. I don’t understand why anyone would still be in the gun business in NY. Remington was right to move production to Alabama but was a little late to the fight. Kimber is STILL in NY. Why?
    I’ve got 2 DPMS products, an AR-15 and the LR-308 AR-10 equivalent. Very pleased with both, especially the latter, or I should say I was, until they were lost in that unfortunate canoeing accident…

  6. Every since Remington was bought by Cerberus there has been rumors of declining quality, the rollout of their R51 and the RP9 pistols were plagued by problems, the latter was so bad they had to stop production and offer a new pistol to anybody that bought the earlier ones.
    Have heard from dealers that even the rifles and shotguns had issues out of the box, which never happened before.
    What likely happened, which almost always does when a company gets bought out. The purchasing company rolls in, makes a bunch of stupid ass changes and pisses off the old guard of engineers and craftsmen, so a lot of them leave. Or they just shitcan a bunch of them.
    It gives me the sadz, I have several of their rifles and shotguns, reliable and accurate, for a reasonable price.

  7. Millennium PT145 ?

    Sweet !

    Out here among the cows and corn the S&W J-frame seems adequate, imho.

    When I go anywhere where the population is in 6 or more figures, the Taurus is the one I carry (with the J-frame in reserve).

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