New for 2006 Remington is offering the model 798, a mauser actioned rifle. Anyone here handled any of these rifles or bought one?
At first I was excited, but that turned to some grief when I found out that the action is actually made by Zastava of Serbia and imported by Remington. However I have heard many great things about this action. I'm just sad that with the demise of USRAC there are too few U.S. manufacturers of tis type of production action, Ruger being the one of the last few, if not the last one.
While I hate to predict the future, but I can see where recent trends lead to. First Remington becomes an importer of Russian made Bakail shotguns, then they start importing a mauser action rather than manufacture one in house. Hmmm how long will it be before Remington is stricktly an importer of foreign made firearms and no longer a U.S. manufacturer of firearms??
Maybe I'm just too old fashioned and cynicle. I'm by no means blasting foreign made firearms. In fact, sad to say that some of those imports are better made than the American variety. It's just that this counrty is nearly to the point where we are an out-sourcer of labor and and importer of too many things. Don't forget that there is too much foreign ownership of American companies too.
Maybe this isn't the right place to post stuff like this, but what ever happened to good old American craftsmanship?