POTD: The First Plastic Plinker – The Remington Nylon 66
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a standard run-of-the-mill Remington Nylon 66. Would it surprise you to know it was originally going to be called something else? You may have an idea of where the Nylon 66 retrieved its name, but originally the name of the gun was supposed to be called the Remington Model 555 and nicknamed the “Bearcat,” but Remington quickly realized that Ruger had introduced a gun with the same name in 1958. So, after coming up with a stock made from the same material that would be found in commercial goods and the automotive industry, Remington made their efforts that much more affordable by making the receiver a piece of folded sheet steel that simply slid over the top of the plastic stock. For more in-depth information feel free to check out these Curious relic articles featuring the Nylon 66!
- Curious Relics #026: Remington Nylon 66 – Before Plastic Guns Were Cool
- Curious Relics #027: Remington Nylon 66 – The Plastic Plinker Part II
- Curious Relics #028: The Remington Nylon 66 – Dated Design Part III
Lot 687: Remington Nylon 66 Rifle – Nylon 66 Semi-Automatic Rifle. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 2, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/2015/687/remington-nylon-66-rifle.