Remington Nylon 66

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"Nylon 66" redirects here. For the polymer, see Nylon 6-6.
Nylon 66
Remington Nylon 66.jpg
Type Semi-automatic rifle
Place of origin  United States
Production history
Designer W.E. Leek, C.H. Morse, H.W. Young [1]
Produced 1959-1989 [1]
Number built 1,050,350 [1]
Variants see variants
Specifications
Weight 4 lb (1.8 kg)

Cartridge .22 LR
Action semi-automatic
Feed system 14 round Tubular magazine


The Remington Nylon 66 is a rifle manufactured by Remington Arms from 1959 to 1989. It was one of the first mass-produced rifle to feature a stock made from a material other than wood. Of note is the 22-410 Stevens combo, offered with a Tenite stock in the same time period.[2] The firearms market generally lacked experience with synthetic stocks, making the Nylon 66 a risky gamble for Remington.

History[edit]

In the 1950s, Remington Arms was interested in designing a rifle that was cheaper to produce. After analysis, engineers determined that there were savings to be found in the production of the receivers and stocks of rifles. Thus Remington asked chemical engineers at DuPont to come up with a plastic that could replace both the wooden stock and the receiver. The specs given to DuPont called for a material that could be formed into any shape desired but that also had a high tensile-impact and flexural strength.[2]

After some research, DuPont came back to Remington with a compound they called Nylon Zytel-101. Zytel is DuPont's brand name for Nylon. This compound was ultimately used to produce the stock and receiver.[2]

Design and features[edit]

The largely synthetic construction meant that the Nylon 66 could operate without any added lubricants. This made it very popular in arctic regions, and indeed there have been many reports of indigenous peoples killing large animals, such as moose, with a .22LR fired from a Nylon 66.[citation needed] Some[who?] have speculated that the light weight of the gun could potentially cause substandard accuracy in the field, but this does not seem to be a complaint from Nylon 66 shooters.[citation needed]

The Nylon 66 was fitted with leaf sights as well as a grooved receiver that could accommodate a mount for a telescopic sight. It was available in several colors, such as "Mohawk Brown", "Apache Black," and "Seneca Green".

The 77 Apache version has a rather bright green stock and was sold by K-Mart. The Seneca Green is a rather dull colored green and, in some lighting conditions, Seneca Green is difficult to distinguish from the more common brown.

Below are some production numbers to truly assist with the rarity of each model:

Model Number produced
Nylon 66 Gallery Special Unknown
Nylon 66 150th Anniversary 3,792
Nylon 66 Bicentennial 10,268
Nylon 77 15,000
Nylon 66 Seneca Green 42,500
Apache 77 aka Kmart Nylon 54,000
Nylon 66 Black Diamond 56,000
Nylon 10C 128,000
Nylon 66 Apache Black 221,000
Nylon 66 Mohawk Brown 716,492

Variants[edit]

Nylon 66MB - Mohawk Brown, 1959-1987 (Brown stock, blue steel receiver/barrel)

Nylon 66GS - Gallery Special 1962-1981 (22 short only, Brown stock, blue steel receiver/barrel) Shell deflector. Counter cable attachment on bottom of stock. A few were known to have been Apache Black.

Nylon 66SG - Seneca Green, 1959-1962 (dark green stock, blue steel receiver/barrel) 42,500 made

Nylon 66AB - Apache Black, 1962-1984 (Black stock, chrome receiver & barrel) 221,000 made.

Nylon 66BD - Black Diamond 1978-1987 (Black stock, blue 19012-473710. These 1967-68 serial numbers were located on the bottom of the barrel about 3" back from the muzzle.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Nylon 66 Autoloading Rifle". Remington Arms. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Marcot, Roy (August 27, 2009). "The Remington Nylon 66: A new concept in rifles, back then.". American Rifleman. Retrieved 30 December 2012.