POTD: Proprietary Folly – The Remington 700 EtronX Rifle


POTD: Proprietary Folly – The Remington 700 EtronX Rifle

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have what appears to be a perfectly normal Remington 700. In truth, this is the Remington 700 EtronX Rifle (pronounced ee-tron-ics). It is a battery operated rifle! Cool right? Yeah, the American people did not think so for all three years this rifle was produced. The reason being is it was tough to reconcile with.

Sure it was innovative and legitimately a really cool idea, but it was inefficient out of the gate. It uses a whole new firing mechanism in conjunction with modified cartridges (made in 220 Swift, 22-250, and 243) that had resisters in place of the primers. The firing pin (or lack thereof) was connected to a 9-volt battery that is in the stock. As I mentioned these just did not gain any traction even though they are a cool modern idea. They were made from 2000 to 2003 and sold in relatively small numbers.

“Introduced in 2000, the EtronX system used a combined electric solenoid trigger and electric primer ignition system to deliver a 27 microsecond lock time. Produced without sights on the fluted barrel, receiver drilled and tapped for mounting, jeweled bolt and a combined safety switch alongside the tang with a keyed lockout in the grip. Mounted on a textured fiberglass stock with an indicator light on the wrist, sling studs and a rubber buttplate. With original box, papers, a presentation CD, 1 box of 1,000 No. 9 1/2 Large rifle electric primers and 1 box of 10 boxes of 20 .243 Win. 90gr Ballistic Tip electric ammunition (this ammunition is difficult to obtain).”]

Remington 700 EtronX

Lot 654: Two Boxed Remington 700 EtronX Bolt Action Rifles w/ Ammunition – Collector’s Lot of Two Boxed Remington 700 EtronX Bolt Action Rifles with Ammunition and Primers. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved July 6, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/57/654/two-boxed-remington-700-etronx-bolt-action-rifles-w-ammunition.

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