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.