The Remington 7600 is a pump action rifle, available in a variety of calibers. Its action is similar to that of the Remington 870 series shotgun, making this rifle easy to transition to for those familiar with pump action shotguns. The pump action nature of this rifle also exempts it from some of the more stringent gun bans, which is (sadly) something that must be considered by some law abiding gun owners these days. My review of the Remington 7600 is below.
The Remington 7600 is a pump action rifle, which is a bit of a rarity these days. Why pump action has not caught on for rifles the way it has for shotguns is something I have never heard a good explanation for. Although I should admit that as a shotgun enthusiast, I am a bit partial toward pump action, and its reliability :). A standard 22″ barrel, as well as an 18″ carbine model are available. A synthetic stock or a variety of natural stocks can be selected as well. Open rifle sights are included standard, but a scope is a nice addition for longer range shooting.
Similarity to Remington 870 Shotguns
For me, the similarity to the Remington 870 was one of the biggest selling points for the Remington 7600. Although learning how a new firearm works is not difficult by any means, I happen to like the 870’s action and design, and was happy to see a rifle with those attributes.
The Remington 7600 is available in .243, .270, .30-06, and .308. I would have liked to see a version chambered for magnum cartridges such as the .270 Weatherby magnum, but the existing selection is reasonably broad.
Home Defense Use
I am of the opinion that a shotgun is generally the best home defense firearm, but for those looking for a home defense rifle, the Remington 7600 might be a good choice. The pump action means that it is easy to store this rifle with the hammer down, magazine loaded, and chamber empty. To make it ready to shoot in an emergency, the user would only need to pump the slide (safe and responsible gun storage rules still apply, of course). The factory magazine only holds 4 rounds, however larger magazines can easily be purchased online.
I like the Remington 7600 but recognize that a pump action rifle is not for everyone. Another firearms enthusiast that I know considers bolt action to be the only proper hunting rifle, and gas operated semi-auto to be the only proper action for tactical rifles, despite the fine accuracy and rate of fire that the Remington 7600 offers. If you like the reliability and easy way that pump action firearms can be stored in a relatively safe yet read to use fashion, then the Remington 7600 may be just the home defense rifle, or general purpose rifle, that you’re looking for.