Alas, poor Remington. I knew them, Horatio: a company
of infinite accuracy, of most excellent shotguns: I hath
borne them on my back a thousand times; and now, how
abhorred in my imagination they are!
The Firearm Blog noticed the big grey elephant in big green’s SHOT show booth: Where is the R51, and what happened to Remington Defense?
Let’s face it, Remington has not been on a roll as of late. The Tracking Point rifles where… whelming, and the 700 recall mess-up is tarnishing the reputation of what once was the gold standard in precision rifles. There’s been recalls with their shotguns as well, the purchase of Para-USA, the elimination of Para-USA not going over that well, the iffy quality control on Marlin rifles and the fact that the ACR failed to live up to expectations, and you can see why the execs at the Freedom Group might be gulping down Xanax by the handful right now.
So why not sell to Sig Sauer?
Okay, aside from the fact that Sig probably doesn’t have a billion or so in spare change in the sofa cushions, selling most of (if not all) of Remington to Sig makes a lot of sense, and by “Remington”, I mean Remington as it was five or six years ago, before it went on a buying spree. Sig’s product lines and Remington’s core product lines intersect but lightly. Sig doesn’t make shotguns or bolt guns and their ammunition production pales in comparison to Remington’s, so the two brands wouldn’t cannibailze each other that much. The Remington 1911’s do conflict somewhat with Sig’s 1911’s, but if they cut Para loose again, that problem would solve itself. There’s also the question of Remington’s AR line, but again, Bushmaster is just sitting there, waiting to be turned loose from under Freedom Group’s thumb.
Sig benefitted greatly when Freedom Group snapped up AAC: Sig’s new silencer line and the MCX are just two of the items hatched by John Holister and Kevin Brittingham since they left AAC, and I’m sure there’s more to come. Will Sig snatch up Remington as well? Only time will tell.