Remington R51 — The New Sub-Compact Pistol Standard

By Dave Dolbee published on in Firearms, General, Handguns, News, Pistols

Remington R51 Right Side

Remington R51

The gun world is far from national security; wait… The NSA has not been keeping its secrets all that well lately either. Several new models will be released in the next couple of weeks, but here is the first one to pique our interest here at Cheaper Than Dirt!

Remington broke new ground when it introduced the R1 1911. It was a new direction, and one the firearm community enthusiastically embraced.

Building on that success, Remington has introduced the R51. The R51 is a subcompact pistol. The design leans heavily on Remington’s original Model 51—a design originating in 1915, considered revolutionary and ahead of its time.

Time changes all. The .40 S&W is a complete youngster compared to some cartridges and hopefully the R51 will one day be offered as a .40 cal. Factors such as this had to be taken into account when designing the R51. While Remington’s engineers were busy designing the R51, the decision was made to chamber it in 9mm, but to ensure it was beefy enough to handle +P ammunition. Both cartridges enjoy unparalleled popularity and the dimensions are inline with Remington’s goal of staying true to the original Model 51’s size, characteristics and attitude—in a sub compact.

Remington R51 Ambidextrous Safety

Remington R51 Ambidextrous Safety

Early details lead me to believe that Remington did it right. The R51 is hammer-fired and uses the Pedersen action—including a locked breech and 416 stainless steel barrel. Sub compact—yes; built tough—most definitely! The R51 is rated for +P ammo and ready to handle the rigors of an EDC gun. However, Remington did not stop there. The R51 features drift adjustable sights, aluminum frame and checkering on the front strap.

Other notable features include an ambidextrous safety to better accommodate southpaws and a flush-fitting, seven-round single-stack magazine. Still not convinced? Remington has two more carrots to dangle. The R51 Sub-compact line will include models with threaded barrels for suppressor enthusiasts and a model with a built-in Crimson Trace Laserguard.

Remington’s R1 is a fine gun and commands a fair price. I have no problem paying for quality and craftsmanship, but nonetheless I was ready to cringe when Remington got to the MSRP portion of the conversation. To my—and everyone else’s in the room—surprise, the new for 2014 R51 is set to debut at $420! Check back at CheaperThanDirt.com. Rumor has it… CTD will be carrying the new R51s soon!

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Comments (29)

  • Don Martin

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    How about put something in the picture that can be related to size? Is it bigger than a breadbox? Does it weigh as much as 12-pak? Help us out here!

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  • Wendy Williamson

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    The R51 is ssomewhat similar in size to the Kel-tec PF-9.

    But the R51 is somewhat longer, thicker, more expensive, and (!!!) nearly 2X the weight of the PF-9.

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  • Mike Krkljus

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    This might be well made, and hopefully it looks better in person, but to me it’s horribly ugly. We need to connect on different levels and this one is completely flat. I think this will appeal more to the nostalgic crowd, read retirees.

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  • William H. Mouser

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    I think I will stick to my original 1920′s vintage Remington Model 51 even if it is only a .380. I think it’s shameful that Remington referenced their original Model PA 51 and eluded to the R51 as the next evolution to it. The original .380′s and .32 caliber Model 51′s were all steel feats of engineering well advanced for their time. Remington would have been better served sticking to the original design and upsizing it to handle the 9mm cartridge.

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  • Dean

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    I think I will get in line for one of these. Size-wise, I don’t think it’s too much different than my M&P 40 Shield. Specs I’ve read state 20 oz, 6″ OAL, 3.4″ bbl, and SA. They also have a skeletonized trigger, not solid like shown here. I saw on another blog people saying they were DA, but with the trigger positioned in the rear 1/3 of the trigger guard like it is, I doubt that…

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  • Jon

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    The first few reviews of this gun said it would have a MSRP of $349. Ever since it is inching up..what gives?

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  • Frank Loveless

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    For a sub compact, it is kinda heavy at 21 oz.

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  • Sierra Steve

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    Will the new Remington R51 be capable of being purchased legally in California? If so, when might it become available there?

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  • Chris

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    WOW!! SOLID, NOT BAD CONSIDERING REM, SHOULD BE 5+OZ LIGHTER,(**TITANIUM** FOR THE SUPERIOR KAHR TYPE/LIKE UPPER/SLIDE AND BARREL), *POLYMER LOWER*, .25 INCH SHORTER HANDLE!! HALF INCH LONGER BARREL VERSION, BIG CALIBER REM CARTRIDGE. **NEEDS A TRUE EXTERNAL SAFETY**!!…. BOTH GEN 1/2,(GOOD) TAURUS 740/ 790 SLIM HAS BOTH DBL/SINGLE STRIKER FIRED ACTION, AVERAGE/TYPICAL RECOIL EVEN THE .40 CAL, AVAILABLE $350, 18 OZ UNLOADED!! THE ONLY KAHR LIKE REM WORTH BUYING, EVEN IF A REFINED GEN 2/3 IS MADE LATER.

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