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Remington R51 First Impressions

Prior to SHOT, one of the guns I was looking forward to shooting was the Remington R51. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

Remington R51

Remington R51


Much to my surprise, Remington did not bring the R51 to Media Day at the Range. When I asked the folks working the Remington booth why it was a no-show, no one seemed to know. They all insisted that the gun was running just fine, but honestly I can’t think of any reason why a company that size wouldn’t bring their new pistol to range day unless it just wasn’t ready in time. But the gun is supposed to be on store shelves in February…strange.

After playing around with it on the SHOW floor, I’m less than enthused. The trigger is thoroughly decent, except that there’s no audible/tactile reset, a la the Smith & Wesson M&P. The grip safety (which I don’t care for at all) was decidedly clicky, but seemed to work ok. The worst part was how gritty the gun’s action felt – several times when pulling back on the slide and releasing the gun failed to go into battery.

All in all, I would definitely hold off on this one for a bit and see how it goes. I’ll try to get one in to test.


6 Responses to Remington R51 First Impressions

  1. Hillbilly Bob January 16, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    I wasn’t planning on buying one anyhow, I truly think the gun looks hideous and I own a few XDs and XDMs so that is as far down the ugly scale I want to go
    I also can’t believe Remington just “Forgot” to bring their newest gun that is supposedly hitting the shelves in a month

  2. Timothy January 16, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    How does the gun break down for cleaning?

  3. Robert January 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    I had hands on with one last week and I was thoroughly impressed, and this is coming from an admitted Remington/Freedom Arm hater.

  4. Mark Langley January 16, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    I’m glad I’ve come across at least one dissenting article on the r51. Don’t get me wrong, the concept seems awesome, but the consensus among the gun industry feeds is “blah blah blah spend money now!”

    • Brandon January 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

      Just being honest…I think people should proceed with caution. I’m not writing the gun off or anything, I’m just very hesitant after handling the sample.

  5. Mike January 17, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    Yeah…honestly the gun looks and most importantly, feels like crap. I think you were being kind to call it gritty. I really wanted to like this gun, but it didn’t happen.