The Remington Nylon 66 is a rifle produced by Remington arms since 1959. In 1950, it was interested to design a rifle that was cheaper than the previous products. After study, engineers figured out that there were some savings to be found in the manufacturing of barrels, stocks and receivers of rifles. These are the most high cost components of any arm. The engineers soon concluded that they could not obtain much savings from barrel, so they mainly focused on the stocks and receivers. The Remington analysts urged the engineers at DuPont to come up with a design which includes plastic rather than wood. After detailed research, DuPont came up with a material that can be molded into any shape. The compound was known as Nylon Zytel 101 which is DuPont’s brand name for Nylon.
Therefore, it was the first sporting arm which is manufactured with the material other than wood. Due to this reason, it was said to be a big gamble for Remington.
This was a brief history regarding the production of this rifle. Now, let’s have a deeper look to its amazing features and design.
Design and Testing:
Company knew that producing a 22.cal plastic rifle caused three dreadful challenges. Would it have reliability, dependability and accuracy? Lots of research was made in designing the rifle and at last the engineers were able to come up with an innovative design.
The design consisted of two hollow nylon pieces that were combined together to form the stock. The center section was occupied by a low cost, steel metal cover. It provides the appearance of a traditional gun with a steel receiver.
The assembled gun was then sent for testing by firing 75,000 rounds having the malfunction rate of just 0.005 percent. Testing continued to ensure that there would be no deformation and stock shrinkage after the rifles were accumulated.
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