Remington Model 1911 R1 Carry

Three weeks ago we leaked the news that Remington was going to produce a Model 1911 R1 Carry. Remington has just officially announced the new pistol.

From the press release …

Remington is proud to introduce a new version of America’s favorite pistol design, built by America’s most trusted gunmaker – the Remington Model 1911 R1 Carry.

The R1 Carry is a full-size 1911 pistol that is “de-horned,” meaning that any sharp edges have been smoothed, making the pistol easier to carry and holster without the worry of the edges catching or grabbing.

The Remington Model 1911 R1 Carry features a de-horned carbon steel slide and forged-steel frame with satin-black oxide finish; beavertail grip safety with 25 LPI checkered memory bump; ambidextrous safety; front strap and mainspring housing checkered at 25 LPI; Novak® Sights with Tritium front sight; and cocobola grip panels. The Remington Model 1911 R1 Carry is shipped in a custom carry case with one seven-round and one eight-round magazine and a barrel bushing wrench.

Caliber .45 ACP
Magazine Capacity 7 & 8 round
Finish Satin-black oxide finish
Grip Cocobola Smooth/Checkered
Barrel 5″ 1:16 LH
Overall Length 8.5″
Weight 38.5 Ounces
Sights Novak Night Sights
Other Features
MSRP (Price) Not yet announced.

The retail price will be $1,299.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Hryan

    I hate to say it, but I’m not sure if you can define any full-size 1911 as a “carry” model.

    • FredB

      Carry would be duty carry in a holster. Are you thinking concealed carry?

      Anyway, WANT!

      • Phil White

        Could be. I carried mine on duty with a Safariland 070 level 3.

  • jay1975

    Other than the “dehorning”, it would be cheaper to just by a standard R1 and upgrade it to this. When is the inflated 1911 price bubble going to pop?

    • Phil White

      You have to remember that’s an MSRP. When it gets down to it places like Buds is selling the enhanced for $780.00. I just checked with them.
      That’s reasonable enough.It seems the only visible difference is the melt treatment and grips. Buy the grips for say $80 and call it done.

  • Anon

    Remington has a severe shortage of intelligence in their product marketing team. This new variant of the R1 looks great, but if you’re a company slowly building your 1911 product line, why bother making a dehorned steel-frame 5″ 1911 as your “Carry” option? Kimber has more SKUs with similar specs than Remington has 1911 available, period…and at basically the exact same price. Moving in on someone else’s market niche, failing to offer any significant advantage, then treading water…well, frankly sir, I don’t see any method at all to this madness.

  • Cameron

    The saddest part of this is that the R1 is actually a pretty well-made entry-level 1911. I would have strongly considered a commander-sized R1. But a dehorned full-size? Baffling marketing logic.

    • Phil White

      I honestly thought I’d see a Commander size before this one.

  • Trev

    Plenty of people carry a full size 1911.

    Besides, many people carry guns openly for duty or personal use.

    • Phil White

      Including myself. It’s no big deal to conceal a full size with the right holster.

      • cc19

        I’m under the impression that generally you only want to do so with the higher end ($$$) 1911’s because they’re paid better attention, do you find that generally holds true? For example, you said you carried an MC Operator? My old Kimber Warrior is basically the same thing and it’s been flawless, but like your Operator, it was quite expensive.

    • Phil White

      CC19 I paid right at $900 for my Operator.

  • cc19

    Already got my fancy model. I’d be more interested in a faithful GI A1 reproduction from them. Don’t you want a piece of that profit pie Remington? Seems Springfield’s got that market cornered as far as I know.

    • Phil White

      They have a GI model that’s close enough to comply with SASS regs.

  • Tony

    This is out of my price range.

    • Nicks87

      It’s out of every sane person’s price range.

  • Nicks87


    For that price I better get some neon green zombie grips, a survival bracelet and a cool hat that says remington on it.

    Oh, wait that price is just for a pistol thats not 100% reliable and only holds 7 rnds?!

    No thanks, I’d rather have a high point.

    • cc19

      Actually, I like that idea – reliability test of a Hi-Point vs an off-the-shelf 1911. Any aspiring writers here up for the task?

      • Nicks87

        Lol, Yeah let’s see which one malfunctions first or has the most malfunctions in 500 rnds. The sad thing is the hi-point would probably win.

    • Phil White

      Nick I can always count on you when a 1911 is talked about:-)

      • Nicks87

        I cant resist, I think it’s a disease. 1911 induced, narcissistic rage disorder.

      • cc19

        @ Nick

        I just figured a 1911 killed your father (and maybe had its way with a female relative afterwards). Lol 😛

      • Nicks87

        No, I was at a gun show and a 1911 uttered an anti-semitic slur directed at me and I’ve hated them ever since.

  • Vitor

    Steve should have posted a pic of the how-about-no bear.

  • TexasG

    I dunno I’m really liking my EMP 9. Totally comfortable. I know it’s not as much power… But I’m damn sure not carrying that behemoth here in South Texas. My .02$

  • gunslinger

    so..why would i want to carry a $1300 pistol for defense? my CWP instructor said get something you won’t mind ever seeing again. because even in a lawful self defense situation you might not see that gun again.

    so why go for a $1300 carry option when a 3-600 would do the same job, be just as reliable, and not as hurtful on the wallet?

    oh, and full size?

    • Phil White

      oh you’ll see it again in a couple of years! All of the initial legal aspects have to be completed before the gun can be released back to the owner.

    • Cymond

      Why settle for second-best for self defense? Carry the best weapon you can afford. I’ll take any slight advantage I can get.

      • Phil White

        Never settle if you can avoid it. Even if you have to save for a year or more it’s worth it.

        With the terrific advances in ammo tech I’m very comfortable carrying my Kimber Aegis 9MM full size using Hornady Critical Duty ammo. It’s been super reliable as well.

      • Nicks87

        Phil, I’ve heard that some of the mass produced 1911s seem to like the 9mm cartridge better than the .45 acp. Is there any truth to this?

        Cymond, I agree with your statement but there is no way in hell I would pay that much for a carry gun. There is way better options out there that are priced around $500-$700 that will more than out-perform any 1911. Even most H&K pistols are cheaper and of much higher quality.

      • Phil White

        Nick I believe there is some truth in it. There are some bad mags out there from companies that haven’t figured out how to make a 9mm 1911 mag. They are also the same players that make so-so mags anyway.

        I own two 9mm 1911’s and they have both been very reliable. The Kimber custom shop Aegis and a base model Kimber Pro. I use Tripp mags in them which makes a great match up. The Kimber standard mags tend to have weak feed lips (after a lot of use)while the Tripps seem indestructible.

        The type of ammo doesn’t seem to faze a 9mm 1911–at least these two. I even loaded some lead semi-wadcutters which fed fine.

        I really trust these two pistols.

      • Nicks87

        Thanks for the info Phil, I have a co-worker who insists on buying a 1911 even though I’ve tried to dissuade him. He claims that the 9mm versions are more reliable and would be cheaper to shoot than .45 or 10mm. After doing some extensive research it sounds like this is true. I will be sure to pass the info on.

      • Phil White

        You bet Nicks glad to pass that along. Take care:-)

  • Riot

    I love those grips! screw the pistol just sell them, bloody gorgeous.

  • Phil White

    Check the grips that Esmerelda makes. They are beauties and well she’s easy on the eyes also-)

  • Mike Knox

    Do we really need another M1911?