Remington R51

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  1. CrookCountyGO

    CrookCountyGO Well-Known Member

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    I know the second generation of the R51 has been released recently, and I'm wondering if anyone has read or seen and reviews, or possibly has some hands on experience. After the manufacturing and quality control nightmare that happened on the initial release, I'm hoping Remington got their stuff together and did it right this time.
     
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  2. Don Fischer

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    Guess I just don't follow new gun's enough. When, before this, did Remington last market a handgun? How about Winchester?
     

  3. gvw3

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    They have had their 1911 out for 5 years or so. It's a good shooter . My son has one and I really like it.

    I had an R51 on order. Glad my order was canceled before it shipped. I would still be interested in one if I hear they have it working correctly now.
     
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  5. CrookCountyGO

    CrookCountyGO Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you were one of the lucky ones, Gvw. I spoke to a guy who bought a first generation R51 and he wasn't just unhappy with the gun, but with Remington's customer service. I was really looking forward to both the R51 and the RM380, but now I'm hesitant to buy either.
     
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  6. tff-bug

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    Had the R51 in hand today. Felt good also had a lot of oil on that needs to be cleaned before shooting. Asking price was $399. Think I will wait and see how they do.
     
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  7. gvw3

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    The old one felt good in my hand also. I already have enough small handguns so I will probably pass on it now.
     
  8. CrookCountyGO

    CrookCountyGO Well-Known Member

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    The price is one of the things I liked. I watched a couple of youtube reviews about it - very mixed.
     
  9. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member

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    Just watched this video. I want to part of this gun....
     
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    I think I would have to pass on it.
     
  11. CrookCountyGO

    CrookCountyGO Well-Known Member

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    Thats one of the videos I watched too! Absolutely awful. And this is the "fixed" version! I watched a video by a different person and he had a glowing review. I'm skeptical.
     
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    I have just watched several more videos and that gun just got booted from my wish list. What a shame that Remington has been dragged down to this level.
     
  13. Ibmikey99$

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    I purchased a Gen 2 R51 and find it to be a neat little pistol that shoots accurately and reliability. What more can you ask of a pistol? Well take down is my problem with this pistol, it comes apart ok but foe old arthritic hands it is very difficult to reassemble. The pistol is very thin and the hand is high on the grip resulting in less felt recoil. If I were to carry it the pistol with a proper holster would disappear under clothing. At first I had a mag giving me fits, Rem sent another immediately, however I forgot to mark the bad one and now I find all three are working just fine. The grip safety demands a good grip on the pistol or it will not fire, that bothers me in a self defense weapon although while shooting I seem to grasp it just right each time as it has not been an issue.
    I like the little pistol, bought an RM 380 also and it is a neat DAO pistol that can be dropped in a pocket.
     
  14. larryh1108

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    I agree with mikey. I figured that Remington had 1 chance to save face after the initial disaster and the Gen 2 had to be right. I bought one over a year ago and am happy with it. As mikey said, it does what it's expected to do. It's not a cutting edge fantastic blaster. It is an all metal, ergo and light gun made for CC. They can be found for ~$350. That price range makes it a nice CC weapon that performs as it should.
     
  15. Ibmikey99$

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    The Gen 2 R51 has been given some bad press mostly by those who have never fired one or probably even handled the pistol. I have watched a few of the u tube specials and it just confirms my believe that if you wish to condemn a pistol or President that is the perfect propaganda tool. My pistol, as previously reported shoots just fine after a few malfunctions I attributed to the mag but now just feel the parts needed to be mated to each other. After a few hundred rounds the R 51 is smooth and quite reliable in it’s functioning, I would not hesitate to use it as an EDC if I did not have others filling that space.
    Finally I did not know if I would like the streamlined shape but with it in hand find it quite appealing from a side view and quite intimidating from the muzzle view.