The Remington Arms Company announced a new 1911-style pistol chambered in 10mm. The new R1 10mm Hunter Long Slide is a single action handgun designed for accuracy and power.
It seems that the R51 will hang around Remington’s neck, much like the albatross around the Ancient Mariner’s. Whether the gun community will shrieve Remington of this perceived sin remains to be seen.
The latest word from the customer service department at Remington is:
Currently we don’t have a timeframe for the re-introduction [of the R51 pistol] but our Huntsville R&D center is working to have it back on the market as soon as possible.
So, more than a year after the voluntary recall of all modern R51 pistols, Remington does not appear to be even close to delivering a working product. I think the fundamental question now becomes, is it reasonable to expect that Remington will ever deliver updated R51 pistols?
(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?Â This is what I was told…
I imagine that most of the gun community has heard of the Remington R51 by now. Â If not here’s the basics: Â it is a single-stack 9mm pistol based on a historic Remington pistol also called the R51. Â It has been updated with modern manufacturing and metallurgy, but remains very similar to the original gun.
Had enough of the zombies? Â Not yet, I guess, considering The Walking Dead seems to be one of the most popular shows on TV. Â Fortunately, Remington introduced the Versa Max Zombie shotgun to help quench the thirst for zombie-related gun gear.
The Versa Max is Remington’s newest autoloading shotgun, and in the past couple of years it has become very popular due to its ability to reliably digest all kinds of ammo. Â I’ve not had the chance to spend much time with one myself, but a lot of people are giving the Versa Max very positive reviews. Â So, what better gun to have in the apocalypse than a 12 gauge, semiautomatic shotgun that is not picky on with what ammo it will run?
Of course, the Zombie slaying shotgun is more about form than function. Â Remington just built the form on top of a reliable platform.