(Ed. note: For the latest information on the R51, read my most recent update here.)
I spoke with a Remington representative at the 2015 NRA show about the status of the R51 pistol. There has been a wide range of speculation about the gun ever since it was recalled in 2014.
At that time, fixed guns were expected to be returned to owners by October 2014. It is now April 2015, and no guns have been returned to owners. So what gives? This is what I was told…
The original problem with the R51 was tolerance stacking. Too many of the parts had to large of a tolerance. When some of these variations were “stacked” as parts were fitted to the guns, problems developed as the overall package was out of spec. I was previously told this at the SHOT Show, but I confirmed this had been the problem and was now fixed.
Remington had the problem fixed months ago, but with the pending move to Alabama, the company chose to delay production rather than gear up the existing facility for production when it was preparing to shut down. It was a tough decision, no doubt, but probably the correct one. I wish the company had been a little more communicative about this.
New R51 pistols are expected to go into production in May with shipping to start in June. Existing customers who have returned defective R51 pistols will get priority treatment. Existing customers could see guns prior to June, but the representative I spoke with was unsure.
I was told the new R51 pistols have a number of new features that are designed to address other concerns that the company fielded from customers. These new features include:
- magazine floor plate redesign – The new magazine floor plate is thicker and protrudes slightly from the bottom of the pistol. Engineers did this to ensure the magazine is firmly seated when inserted.
- trigger reset – The trigger was redesigned so that a hard reset now exists.
- rear sight set screw – Some customers complained to Remington that the rear sights would work loose when shooting the pistol. To fix this problem, all new guns have a set screw in the rear sight to assure the sight will not move.