SHOT Show 2014 — Hands on Remington’s R51

R-51 Hands-on

Remington stepped onto the SHOT Show floor with gusto touting their new R51 handgun. We anxiously got our hands on the already famous pistol to see if the feel of the gun lived up to the hype. Its smooth lines and tiny size make it perfect for concealed carry, while offering more than adequate firepower in the wisely chosen 9mm Luger caliber. Aside from sharing some looks with the much older Model 51, the new R51 looks akin to a circa 1950’s sci-fi movie prop—but in a good way!

R51 Hands-on
R51 Hands-on

When I picked up the R51, it fit snugly in my hand while feeling better than most compact concealable pocket pistols. My pinky didn’t fall off the end of the grip and the sights were easy to see. The gun is considerably thin, while not feeling like I’m holding an uncomfortable wafer-thin piece of cardboard. When I wrapped my palm around the gun, the grip safety actuated while activating the Crimson Trace laser simultaneously. The slide was easy to move open and after checking to make sure the chamber was clear, I gave the trigger a slight tug and it broke very cleanly. It reminded me of a quality 1911 trigger. The reset was short so follow up shots would be very fast. It is a far cry from those long, creaky double-action trigger pulls you usually get in concealable handguns.

Even though Remington is just beginning to dip their toe into the concealed carry market, it looks like they found themselves a winner. As long as they can keep up with demand, we may see quite of few of these R51s around the range in months to come. I have a feeling I’ll be breaking open my wallet when the time comes.

What do you think about Remington’s new R51? Tell us in the comment section.

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Comments (9)

  1. I bought one of the first R51’s and it was junk – nothing but problems and lies when I contacted Remington. Is this the so called 2nd gen? I would have to try it for about 200 rounds on the range before I’d risk buying it.

  2. My .45 XDs is pretty compact. Dave, you might want to go shoot a friend’s, or go to a range where you can rent several, before commiting.

  3. I want the suppressed version. Can hardly wait until they are on the market. You got me singing My, My, My, you sure look good tonite!

  4. Interesting how some reviewers are calling this a sub-compact and others are calling it a compact. I think, after seeing it in the hand of this adult male, that it’s simply a compact and not a sub. Its thinness is what will make it a comfortable conceal carry pistol in my opinion at this point but I do reserve final judgement until I can hold and shoot one. Especially to simply hold and rack it a time or two and feel the trigger break. I’d be willing to bet most pistol enthusiasts could tell most of what they want to know by just doing those few simple things.

  5. Thanks Bob, I wasn’t aware of the original R51, but the link said the standard version should retail at around $389, and that there would be a threaded barrel model also, which might make practice more enjoyable. It also said there would be an article featuring this new gun in Guns & Ammo Magazine, coming out Feb. 4th. I look forward to reading more about it.

  6. I think this is a fine piece of machinery. Remington truly did justice on this one. As soon as I can I’m gonna get a couple one for me of coarse and one for my gf who loves shooting pistols. She has a couple sigs and I think she would really like this. Nice job Remington

  7. I don’t know, really. I haven’t seen any specs on this gun. I’ve been very happy over the past fifty years with their long guns, and if quality hasn’t lessened over the years, I’m sure it will be well liked and accepted by the new trend of conceal carry folks. I’d like to know more about it. I did just buy two Springfield XDs double actions, a 9mm, and a .45acp, each with Crimson Trace Laserguard lasers, like the one shown on the Remington. I do like the looks of the Springfield better, and for the intended purpose, I believe the double action will be safer and better.i would like to see more about the R-51, or hear from anyone with one.

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