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Remington’s New-ish R-51 Pistol

As we approach SHOT Show 2014, Remington decided to get ahead of the curve and held a press demo for their new/old 9mm semiauto pistol, the R-51, a retooled and modernized development of the Depression era John Pederson designed model 51. Read all about it, and some decent pictures, at The Firearms Blog.

Here’s the info I found most relevant:

  • MSRP $389
  • Forged stainless slide and locking block
  • Aluminum frame
  • 9x19mm, 7 round single stack magazine
  • Ambi magazine release
  • Weight: 20oz empty
  • Width: .96″
  • Length: 6″
  • Height: 4.5″
  • Barrel length: 3.4″

Should hit dealers in February, but I expect them to be back ordered for a year. Compared to the S&W Shield 9mm, the R-51 is $100 cheaper, only an ounce heavier, offers an aluminum frame instead of plastic (not that it’s a big deal in practice, but it does feel more substantial in the store), doesn’t have a thumb safety, and has a 0.3″ longer barrel, all while offering a level of art-deco cool design that we haven’t seen in a new gun in years.

Apart from the fact that it’s to be made by Para-USA under the Cerberus Group umbrella, I can’t find anything to dislike about this. The ambi-magazine release looks a little close to where you’d put your trigger finger, but I’d have to have one in hand to make a determination on that.

I’m not gonna lie, as a member of the S&W 3913 fanclub and a recovering C&R addict, I want one. I think if they don’t fuck it up the way they did the Remington 1911, they’ll sell every one they can make.

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Rob | January 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    For the benefit of the clueless (me, namely), what’s wrong with the Remington 1911’s?


  2. pdb | January 4, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    My recollection is that the R1 had a number of dimensional errors in the slide and frame, but of course I can’t track down the post now.

  3. GunRacer | January 8, 2014 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    Don’t forget that the fixed barrel will make it an excellent suppressor host!