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Old 08-10-2019, 02:20 AM
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Remington R51 - Yeah, I know...dont judge

So, LGS was blowing these out for $199 and decided to give one a try. I've read all the horror stories about them, but at that price its literally disposable. I figured if it's a lemon (and chances were good it might be) I will grab some J.B. Weld and make a hood ornament for my buddy's Polaris Ranger.





Out of the box it actually looked kinda nice, like something a British secret agent would carry under his tuxedo. All-metal construction, smooth lines, good ergonomics, so far I like...until I had to disassemble it. Not super difficult, but a really odd design. Once you pull the slide rearward and remove the slide stop (like the beginning of most pistol disassembly) you then must grab the protruding end of the barrel (which has grasp serrations) to remove the slide. Then, while still holding the barrel under slide-tension, you must remove the breech block firing pin before releasing the barrel. Only then can you remove the barrel.







Once I cleaned and lubed it I took it to the range with some Blazer Brass 115gr and American Eagle 124gr FMJ ammo. I was shooting steel, so I don't have any groupings to show you...but this pistol performed quite well, and I was pinging metal with almost every shot. I fired several magazines of both brands with no malfs. However, on two separate occasions the magazine fell out of the pistol after the first round was fired. I don't slam my magazines in, so that may have been MY fault for not fully seating the magazine. Two other individuals fired the pistol and the mags did not fall out. Both hated the grip safety, and one complained about slide bite. Luckily I don't have lunchbox hands, so this doesn't affect me.

Put 250 rounds through the R51 that day, and toward the end I did experience one failure to feed...again, wondering if this is magazine-related. I plan to go back to the range and test it with Hornady HP ammo. This is gonna be a dedicated truck gun so I don't have to take my EDC with me when I'm running to Taco Bell drive-thru at 2am in my pajamas...and its cheap enough that it wont break my heart if it gets stolen.

Anyway, just wanted to give my 2 on a pistol with a very bad rep. Definitely worth more than what I paid.

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Old 08-10-2019, 10:06 AM
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A good price and I would be willing to give one a try at that figure as well. Hope it works out for you. Put it on paper when you get a chance and give us a follow up report.
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:35 AM
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For that price, why not give it a go. You can always use it as a paper weight.
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Old 08-10-2019, 12:05 PM
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Same gun, same purpose, Other than 1 issue with the 2nd mag a couple of years ago, no failures of any type. Unfortunately, I paid a little more

But, the styling called my name very loudly.

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Old 08-10-2019, 04:29 PM
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I have been thinking about picking one up next time they are on sale. Like you said for 200 it is worth a try. Some of us have spent more than that on 1911 grips.

Of course if I buy a lemon I'm blaming you
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Old 08-10-2019, 06:03 PM
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I have heard so much bad press on this pistol. Glad yours is working, I'm another who'd like to hear how it does on paper targets. I've handled one, but never shot one. The one I handled felt good in my hand, & the grip safety gave no trouble. I did find the mag release was almost easier to work with my trigger finger than my thumb. Interesting!
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Old 08-10-2019, 06:41 PM
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If it works for you I am glad for you.

I've purchased a few cheaper curiosities in the past. I've never been happy after doing so. I haven't done it in a awhile and I am happier for it in the end.
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Old 08-10-2019, 07:27 PM
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Hey, nothing wrong with that! That pistol has excellent lines, and I thought it felt good in my hands when I held one, but that was when they first came out.

Lord knows I have wasted 200 dollars before, on a gun that just did not work worth a crap. Glad yours is working out for you!
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Old 08-11-2019, 01:41 AM
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$200 new? That's quite good, my Jeep gun is a G29 with 4 mags though so I probably will stick with that. If I see one of these around though I may get one if it's as cheap as your was.
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Old 08-11-2019, 06:37 AM
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Mine has been 100% reliable with a wide range of ammo, both FMJ and JHP (no metal case stuff). Probably have 400 +/- rounds thru it. In particular, where this pistol seems to shine is with +P stuff. Not sure why -- got to be the ergonomics I guess -- it shoots softer than my other striker fired pistols of similar size. I don't have a problem with slide bite but a buddy who has XL hands does have a problem. We both got ours when they first came out. I liked the looks and the feel of the pistol. The grip safety makes it a little "clunky" but doesn't really bother me. Accuracy has been decent at defensive range. Because of the super low prices I would recommend this pistol over both Taurus or SCCY for the price conscious.

P.S. - I'm not Remington hater but not a fan either. Also have an R1 Carry that is really nice.
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Old 08-12-2019, 03:14 PM
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So funny! I accidentally came across one on Gunbroker and couldn't believe the price. At $218 on GB, I thought they are a steal and have been considering ordering one. I really like the looks of it and was interested when it came out. I will definitely pick one of these up at these prices over the next couple of weeks. If it doesn't work well, I won't even bother to send it back. If I cannot fix it, such is life!
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Old 08-20-2019, 09:16 PM
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Also, if you get one think about putting on Talon grips. I love mine.
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Old 08-20-2019, 11:02 PM
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I have fired a friends many times. He paid $170 new when they were running rebates. It was a nice shooting gun. ****....it felt every bit to be a $500 to $600 gun. Though I just couldn’t get passed the range reports. He carries his.
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Old 09-08-2019, 07:02 PM
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From the early reports, the problem seemed to be more in third-world build quality than basic design. The ones that were recalled and repaired deserve a second chance.
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Old 09-08-2019, 10:12 PM
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There's worse ways to blow $200.
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Old 09-08-2019, 10:27 PM
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There's worse ways to blow $200.
Very true.
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Old 09-08-2019, 10:33 PM
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There's worse ways to blow $200.
Plus as a bonus if your name is Ron, Roger or Ralph you get your great big "R" initial on the grip panel for free!
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Old 09-10-2019, 07:18 PM
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For $200 it'd make a fantastic truck gun if it's reliable & I'm hearing they are. The one I handled felt comfortable.
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Old 11-17-2019, 03:47 PM
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I like it , Today I picked up a new in box Rem 380 with two mags , 199 . just wanted a small gun .
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Old 11-18-2019, 10:10 PM
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OP can we get an update? Did you turn it into a hood ornament?
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:28 PM
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Saw one in our LGS today used $300 with box & 4 7 round mags.
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Old 11-19-2019, 09:26 PM
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I had one of the first original. It did have all the issues and went back to Remington for a full refund. After the second version came out, I obtained another one. It was 100% reliable but the POI was almost 6" high at just 10 yards. It went back to Remington. Was slightly better when I received it back, but no where near good. By that time I had over 700 rounds thru this gun of many brands and types of ammo. I also have arthritis issues and had a difficult time with take down and re assembly. I sold it at a great loss. Fast forward a few years and I bought a used Star BM9 for $170.00 It has worked perfectly and take down is 1911 style.
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:31 PM
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I purchased one of he original issue, and mine worked fine. However, I did return it for the reissue. I've had no problem with the second one either. I shoot a box of ammo through mine a couple of times a week. I like it more every day and recently purchased a DeSantis SofTuck for mine and carry it when I go out. Mine shoots whatever ammo I've tried.

Yes, disassembly is a little strange but there are several work arounds for us old guys who have declining hand strength.

I think they have really received a bad rap from the on-line gun reviewers.
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Old 12-07-2019, 07:55 AM
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I passed on one for $200.00 because of all the horror stories. It sure was extremely tempting as it is a nice feeling pistol. Next time I see one I may have to scoop it up.
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