2.5 Years After First Try, Remington Re-Launches Their Compact 9mm
It has been a bit of a rough ride for the Remington R51. Two and a half years ago, the 200-year-old arms maker launched the R51 at SHOT Show 2014. By July of that year, Remington had ditched the R51 project citing “performance issues” and scrubbed any mention of the R51 from the product lineups in their catalogs and online.
In their “oops” memo, Remington stated that “anyone who purchased an R51 may return it and receive a new R51 pistol, along with two additional magazines and a custom Pelican case.” They also thanked customers for their patience and promised that “the new R51 will be of the same exceptional quality as our test pistols” which, to hear them tell it, performed flawlessly.
Now, more than two years after the recall, the R51 is back and, hopefully, better than ever. Remington announced the official re-launch of the R51 today with the following statement:
Because the R51 is so unlike any other handgun on the market, it posed unforeseen challenges in manufacturing when it was first introduced in 2014. Since then, our engineers have worked tirelessly to address the issues and extensively test the solutions, and we’re proud to say the redesigned R51 surpasses even our initial expectations.
Remington claims that the pistol has now been re-engineered from the ground up and thoroughly tested (again) to deliver “ultimate reliability.” The 7+1 capacity R51 is supposedly designed to get on target faster and point more intuitively than other subcompact pistols on the market and thanks to the barrel and recoil spring configuration, have 25% less muzzle flip.
Updated features in the rebooted R51 include a precision-built fast-reset polymer trigger, a more aggressive and durable extractor design, enhanced recoil spring – which were among the issues with the initial pistol.
This Model 700-based Black Powder Rifle Ain’t Your Daddy’s Smoke Pole
Oh, great. Another Remington 700 variant. Yawn; keep moving. Wait a second… that’s a front-loader?
That’s pretty much what happened that got the GunLink crew to double back for an unscheduled visit as we strolled past the huge product art adorning the exterior walls of the Remington booth at SHOT Show 2015. Of course, we had planned to stop in to the Freedom Group booth anyway to visit various members of the family, but this new rifle caught our attention.
The .50 caliber Remington UML appears to have a good start on living up to its name: the Ultimate Muzzle Loader. As much as the term may be overused, by all accounts the UML is a game changer in the black powder world. And it is sure to further ruffle the feathers of traditionalists who already don’t like the current crop of fast, powerful modern inline muzzle loaders that blur the line between muzzle loaders and centerfire rifles. In fact, unlike some other muzzle loaders, the UML is considered a firearm and is subject to the same regulation.
Based on the Remington 700 bolt-action, the inline UML is a true magnum – capable of handling 200 grains of powder, making it an accurate 300-yard rifle. 250 grain projectiles scream from the UML at 2,400 fps with nearly 3,200 ft lbs of energy. At 300 yards, it is still supersonic at over 1,300 fps, delivering 966 ft lbs of energy. Continue reading
PRODUCTS: Remington is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 887™ shotguns manufactured from December 1, 2013 to November 24, 2014.
DESCRIPTION OF THE HAZARD: Remington has determined that some Remington Model 887™ shotguns manufactured between December 19, 2013 and November 24, 2014 may exhibit a defect causing the firing pin to bind in the forward position within the bolt, which can result in an unintentional discharge when chambering a live round. While Remington has the utmost confidence in the design of the 887™ shotgun, it is undertaking this recall in the interest of consumer safety.
REMEDY/ACTION TO BE TAKEN: STOP USING YOUR SHOTGUN. Any unintended discharge has the potential to cause injury or death.Immediately cease use of recalled shotguns and return them to Remington free of charge. Shotguns will be inspected, repaired, tested, and returned as soon as possible, at no cost to you. DO NOT attempt to diagnose or repair recalled shotguns yourself. For your safety, STOP USING YOUR SHOTGUN and immediately contact Remington.
To participate in the recall, please follow the instructions below: Continue reading
You may remember our coverage of Remington’s new R51 pistol from our SHOT Show 2014 coverage. It was a promising pistol that looked nice, felt good in the hand and, in theory, should have been a pleasant shooter. However, with no working models to try out at the SHOT Show range day, nobody got to see how it performed for themselves.
Once production models started making their way into the hands of shooters, reports started coming out about malfunctions and reliability issues. Then, as we mentioned on Twitter last week, Remington removed all mentions of the redesigned Pedersen handgun from their website and rumors started flying about what could be wrong with with it, whether it was going away for good, or what.
Remington has now released a statement with additional information about the botched first-run of R51s, saying that the pistols Continue reading
It would be tough to find someone who doesn’t know, if not own, John Moses Browning’s seminal pistol, the M1911. Not surprising, given that nearly 3 million have been procured for military service in the US alone, dozens of other countries use them for military service and untold numbers of the prolific pistols and its derivatives are in the civilian market. Less well known is the Remington Model 51 designed by his contemporary, John Pedersen, who Browning described to US Chief of Ordnance Field Service Julian Hatcher as “the greatest gun designer in the world.” Also not surprising, since only 65,000 were produced and only through the late 1920s.
The original Model 51, marketed as a pocket pistol and available in .380 and .32 ACP, never enjoyed widespread commercial success despite many considering the locking mechanism to be superior to Browning’s design and describing it as ahead of its time. Pedersen’s legacy, and that of the Model 51, lives on with Remington’s introduction of the R51 pistol at SHOT Show 2014. Continue reading
Another year’s SHOT Show range day at nearby Boulder City is in the can and it was as exciting as ever. We got to see, handle and shoot a number of great new weapons. The exhibitors had plenty to tell us, the range was well kept and, thanks to the RSOs (and everyone’s cooperation), safe. As an added bonus, it wasn’t freezing cold and windy this year. Winning!
Long Distance Plan
One of the most exciting things we got to see at range day was a couple siblings from the smart optics family: the Tracking Point system and the Remington model 700 with the Tracking Point’s little brother, the 20/20. I had a chance to try Continue reading