Okay, okay…so the official announcement will happen later this week at the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, however, the embargo has been lifted on the pistol’s debut.
Rumored for over a year, Remington finally introduced its newest pistol, the RM380 .380 ACP micro concealed carry pocket gun to a group of gun writers at the Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona.
Perhaps due to consumer skepticism after the R51 debacle, the RM380 was rigorously put through its paces for two days in a variety of self-defense scenarios so gun bloggers could report on the pistols reliability and shootablity.
The RM380 is a true double-action-only pistol with second-strike capability. It operates from a delayed blowback action and has an aluminum frame. The 416 stainless steel barrel measures 2.9 inches. There is no external safety lever, but there is an ambidextrous magazine release button that fits flush against the frame and a fully-function slide stop lever. The slide lockss back after the last round is fired.
Gripping the pistol is instinctive with the ergonomic 1911 grip angle, checkered grip and front strap, undercut trigger guard and slightly extended Beavertail.
CrossBreed Holsters are already producing holsters that fit the RM380 and drawing is smooth with the pistol’s rounded edges and fixed low-profile integral sights. More holsters from Galco and DeSantis will follow, as well as a laser from Crimson Trace.
The trigger pull is long with a 7.9-pound pull weight and the slide is incredibly easy to rack. It weighs 12.1 ounces.
Remington says mass production starts in May and it anticipates shipping in late May or early June. The Remington RM380 .380 ACP includes two six-round magazines; one that fits flush into the mag well, and one with an extended base plate. MSRP is $417.00.
It is the first new pistol made at Remington’s new Huntsville, Alabama factory. In honor of the occasion, a first, limited edition RM380 with a stainless steel slide, black frame and special engraving will be released.
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