"Is Remington getting eaten up by competition or do you think the peak sales and shortages created after Obama's election are finally over?"
Depends on how the competition looks on paper.
The market has changed.
Remington's rise to dominance arose after WWII with the introduction of less-expensive, simplified-production firearms. The 721/722 Rifles (and their descendents, the 700 rifle series) with their 3-piece brazed bolts, sheet metal stamping, and "alloy" parts, undercut the competition in terms of price, while retaining (if not improving) pre-war reliability and accuracy. Their shotguns set the standard for both value and innovation; the 870, 1148, and 1100 were the standards for hunters, trap and skeet shooters, and law-enforcement.
Remington has much competition today. Much of the market has shifted to "black rifles" (which I can't stand, but I'll leave it alone); Remington is a player in a sea of other M-16 clones. So is Ruger. Remington makes a 1911 clone; so does Ruger. And like Winchester post-64, Remington gets to compete against itself with gun cabinets FILLED with excellent, field-able M700s. If people want auto loaders, they get black rifles now, not the classic Remington pumps and autos of yester-year.
Where Remington left-off, Savage has taken-over with even lower costs, higher value, and an improved reputation for field reliability and accuracy.
When I walk to the scoring-chair at my local trap range during a shoot, I glance at the shotguns lined-up in the range's racks; the shooters are close at hand, gossiping and getting meals and refreshments. I'm not actually a trap shooter, but I help support my local club with my time. I don't see many Remingtons with "adults"; by adults, I mean someone with more than just a couple years of trap under their belt. Adults play with Bennellis, Berettas, Brownings, expensive Italian and Germanic-named offerings, and an impressive array of custom-shop beauties. High school kids and those new to the sport have ***USED*** 870s and 1100s in-hand. Many of the "schoolers" have already upgraded to break-action over/unders or trap specials. I've seen an occasional Remington Peerless and an even rarer Ruger Red Label.
I love my 870; best field gun I have right now. Utterly reliable in every extreme. I've never been a fan of the M700 with its brazed-on bolt handle and miniscule extractor; I have many friends who love their 700s, and proudly harvest every year with them.
Where is Remington's market? Am I missing something?
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