The original Model 700 locked the bolt on Safe. But CNBC, a cable TV network which hates firearms ownership, ran an "expose" on how unsafe the M700 was, because it only had a 2-position safety which did not let you unload the rifle by cycling the bolt on SAFE. Ooooooh. Scary. So Remington changed it. And before that, there were other "exposes" by other networks in the 1980s and 1990s, all claiming to have discovered some huge flaw.
The result of a 10-month investigation, CNBC examines allegations that the world’s most popular hunting rifle is prone to firing without pulling the trigger, and that its manufacturer, Remington, has been aware of the situation for 60 years. Dozens of deaths and scores of injuries have been traced to the alleged problem. The story is told through corporate insiders, internal documents dating back to 1945, and a father searching for answers about the death of his nine-year-old son.CNBC’S REMINGTON UNDER FIRE: A CNBC INVESTIGATION Will Premiere On Wednesday, October 20th at 9PM ETYou can put the old safety back in the newer rifles, or an entire older trigger.
I like it the old way. And I like the two position safety which locks the bolt on the Steyr Mannlicher, with its flat handle down close against the stock, for working through brush and briers, or climbing mountainous terrain with it on my back.