He had a 5 year no compete agreement and a 5 year no move agreement that expired on the same day. When they moved the factory and fired the workers, they figured 77 was too old for him to come back.
Walmart has the 16” SRC for $799.
The one that really gets me is the consolidation of Marlin production in with Remington. Lots of complaints of plummeting build quality, inability to correct obvious flaws and crazy inexplicable screw-ups (like extra sight dovetails cut on the underside of the barrel).