New Announcement: Remingtons RM-380 Pistol Is Now Shipping

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Over the past week I’ve been posting on new products from Remington we writers were introduced to at the annual writers seminar. Several times readers have asked about the status of the RM-380. I couldn’t say a lot at the time but with this announcement I just received details on the shipping times as well as the details of the pistol and it’s MSRP of $417.00.

One thing I did share with several readers was the fact that the RM-380 has been in full scale production for several weeks. As the press release states this micro-pistol will be in stores by November 14th. I can promise you they will be in stores by November 14th.

I can say that since the new CEO has been implementing changes, one of which I mentioned, was no new products will be announced to the public or the media until they are in production. So, when you see an article on a new Remington gun you will be able to go right out and find one as long as the distributor has done their job and ordered them in a timely manner. There will be more to come very shortly.

Remington RM-380

Remington RM-380

Huntsville, AL – Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) announced today that its Model RM380, an all-metal micro pistol designed for concealed carry, is now shipping and will be available at sporting goods retailers across the country on November 14, 2015. The RM380 is Remington’s first pistol designed and produced at its new Huntsville, AL facility utilizing newly installed machining centers, quality enhanced assembly lines and world class test ranges.

With a sleek, modern design, this purpose-built pistol boasts all of the latest enhancements to make it a leader in the very competitive concealed carry market. In addition to tough, all-metal construction for ultimate durability and longevity, the RM380 also features the longest barrel in its class to maximize muzzle velocity and bullet expansion while facilitating shooting precision and accuracy.

This breakthrough pistol delivers unrivaled quality and ingenuity in the micro pistol market. Weighing just 12.2 ounces unloaded and measuring just 5 ¼ inches long, the RM380 is easy for anyone to carry unobtrusively. With its extended beavertail grip, Remington’s new handgun facilitates a smooth draw, even in suboptimal conditions.

The RM380 also features a light and smooth double-action-only trigger, fully functional low profile slide stop, light slide racking force, and an ambidextrous magazine release. The replaceable grip panels allow for customization while the optimized grip angle allows for greater shootability and comfort. Remington’s history is deep with small firearms for personal protection. The RM380 returns the brand to its rightful place amongst the best in market.

The Remington Model RM380 is chambered in .380 Auto with a suggested retail price of $417. For more information, please visit http://remingtonhandguns.com/rm380

Model RM380 Key Features and Benefits:

• Fully Functional Slide Stop – holds open on last round
• All-Metal Construction – for durability and longevity (7075 Aluminum Frame)
• Precise Barrel to Slide Lock-Up – for accuracy and precision
• Fully Ambidextrous, Low Profile Magazine Release
• Checkered Front Strap and Trigger Guard Undercut – allows for improved control and higher hand hold
• Optimized Grip Angle – for comfort, recoil management, and increased shootability
• Extended Beavertail – protects hand and promotes correct grip when drawing in suboptimal conditions
• Wide, Positive Cocking Serrations
• Light Dual Recoil Spring system – for easy slide racking and lifetime use
• Includes two 6 round magazines – one flush fit and one finger extension

Model Remington RM380 Semi-Auto Micro Pistol

Order # 96454
Action Semi-Auto
Caliber .380 Auto
Mag. Capacity 6+1 (2 included, one flush fit and one finger extension)
BBL Length 2.9 Inches
Barrel Type 410 Stainless Steel
Rifling Twist Rate 1:16
Overall Length 5.27 in
Overall Height 3.86 in
Grip Material Glass Filled Nylon
Grip Design Removable, Replaceable Grip Panels
Sights Rugged Fixed Sights, contoured to be snag free
Trigger Pull Double Action Only – Approx. 10 Pounds
Average Weight 12.2 Ounces (unloaded &without magazine)
MSRP $417.00

Remington RM-380 Website



Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • kipy

    I was very interested in one of these a few months ago, but I got somewhat tired of waiting and bought a Sig P238 (super excellent gun). I still may pick one of these up some time down the road, hopefully Remington is in the clear and it will be smooth sailing with this new product.

    • I’m convinced it will be. Mine came off the production line recently and it hasn’t missed a beat. They got this one right. It is a fair amount smaller than my SIG 938.

      • Andrew

        How does the size compare to an LCP or a PM380?

        • Swarf

          Or the TCP, or the Thunder, or the Pico, or the P3AT, or the Bodyguard, or the Mustang, or…

          Too little, too late. Saturated market is saturated.

          • We’ll just have to wait and see.

          • kipy

            I think pocket sized 380s can actually benefit from being all metal instead of super light weight plastic, so I look forward to picking one of these up at some point in the future.

          • floppyscience

            Can’t ever have too many choices when it comes to guns.

        • Pretty similar but feels better in my hand than the LCP.

    • Anomanom

      For a quarter inch longer and (with ammo) probably about the same weight as the SIG P238 (Rm380 12.2oz unloaded. / P238 15.2oz w/magazine), I’ll go with the SIG. Especially since the SIG has far better sights.

  • Cal S.

    There will be two types of people buying this: those that will want a .380acp handgun and those that want to eventually join a class-action suit against Remington when/if it turns out as bad as the R51…

    • This is not an R51 and there’s nothing wrong with it at all. Mines running just fine.

      • Cal S.

        But it’s still a Remington… 😉

        Nah, I really do hope it works. They need something that does after a double-whammy with the R51 and the R700 fiascoes.

        • True it is but I’m hoping it all works out for them. I know they are going in the right direction now.
          Believe me they are embarrassed by the R51 and the way the old management team handled it.

      • bigkracka

        Yeah! We all know there are no bad reviews in gun rags.

      • J.T.

        So were the R51s at that press event you went to when they were announced. Lets see if they can carry the quality of the pre-production samples over to the production guns, which they were unable to do with the R51.

    • phauxtoe

      The RM380 appears to be a reworked Rohrbaugh R380

      • Kelly Jackson

        That’s because it is, Remington bought Rohrbaugh

        • Mehul Kamdar

          Would you know if they plan on offering the Rohhrbaugh 9mm Para as well?

  • When’s the Recall?

  • Jeff Smith

    I’m not going to bash Remington based on their other products, but, when I see something like this I always wonder why. Of course, most would answer back “why not”, here’s a couple of things:

    1. The single stack .380 concealled carry market is getting EXTREMELY crowded. Not too big of a deal – I’m always a fan of new products and more choices.

    2. Their price is a little on the high side. MSRP is $417. From a couple of quick google searches, here are some of competition prices – Ruger LCP $389, Glock 42 – $449, S&W Bodyguard – $379, Kel Tec P-3AT – $338.18. There’s no telling what the street price will be, but I’ve been seeing Rugers selling well under $300. If you can’t compete with that, you’re in trouble.

    3. Remington is coming to the table with a scarred reputation. Again, I’m not going to bash them for previous products. I’ll withhold judgement on this gun until I see some reviews, but the fact remains that the R-51 left a really bad tastes in a lot of mouths. If you want to compete with other brands whose products have good reputations, you’re going to have to bring the funk, and that’s just something I’m not seeing here.

    I know, I know; in the words of the Dude, “yeah, well, that’s just, like, your opinion man.”

    • That’s MSRP so the street price will of course be lower.

      • Jeff Smith

        Phil, that’s true. I’m guessing street price will probably run in the $350-$375 range. The only problem is that Ruger’s LCP is selling as low as $280. A similar gun at nearly 3/4 the price is bad for business.

        Still, I’d love to see a review and wouldn’t think twice about it if it performs well.

    • Jeff Smith

      Update – two things:

      1. A few more competition MSRPs: Beretta Pico – $400, Khar CW380 – $419, NAA Guardian – $449, Diamondback DB380 – $379.99, Sig P290RS – $513, Taurus 738 – $254

      2. To be fair, I will say that the Remington RM-380 does have an all-metal (aluminum) frame. Some may find that fact attractive. That is something that only a few guns in the concealled carry 380 class have. If polymer isn’t your thing, this might be an attractive option.

      • That’s one thing I like about it.

      • Edeco

        Yeah I like the idea of metal. I find the stability confidence inspiring even in full-sizers.

    • OS

      You can also buy a Sig P290RS .380 ACP with tritium sights for $350 including shipping.

  • Kip Hackman

    Hey Phil, have you heard anything about Remington contacting the folks that sent back their R51’s? It seems that the longer Remington keeps these people in the dark, the more the chances of a class action lawsuit against them takes shape.

    • Jeff Smith

      I believe they had a voluntary recall that would either send you a new R51 when they were fixed or send you one of their 1911s.

      • Very true—– They haven’t dropped the 51 but it’s being tested in the extreme and some things addressed. They aren’t dropping it.

    • They announced months ago that R51 owners could trade Remington the R51 for a Remington 1911. They say just call customer service and insist on the swap.

      • Kip Hackman

        Can you point to a press release or announcement that says this? I have spoken to many firearms instructors whom I respect and trust and they have heard no such things.

        • That was months ago. I have no idea which email it’s in. I was told face to face by Remington as well. That was last December at Gunsite.

        • I’ll see if I can find it though.

        • This was on the 1911 forum Join Date: Dec 2014
          Posts: 21
          I had an R51 and sent it back to Remington on their recall. I must say mine functioned great and I really liked it. I only put about 250 rounds through it though with absolutely no problems. Anyhow I sent it back and I was getting tired of waiting to hear about the replacement so I called Remington. There has been some delays mostly due to a decision to make the new R51 in the Huntsville Alabama plant which is not up and running yet so the expected time frame is around the middle of 2015. (I am happy they moved at least part way out of New York though.)
          They did give me the option of accepting a new Remington 1911 R1 instead of waiting so I took that option. They will be sending that out fairly soon since they said they are in stock. The person I talked to was very nice, courteous and professional. The R1 is the basic model of course(model 96323) but I still think it is a good deal. I have dealt with companies that have done a LOT less for me.
          I really did like the R51 and I will be buying a new one when they have been out a little bit and I feel confident that any issues have been resolved.

          • Mike

            The Huntsville plant is operational and in production. Just wanted to let you know.

          • Yes it has been up and running for awhile now.

          • 2ThinkN_Do2

            I’ve never seen an Official recall of the R51, if there were, I would’ve received a Recall letter or email, right? I have one, it actually works more reliably than my Sig P232 or P290 did when they were new. It still does. They (the Sigs) both finally do after being sent back to Sig for some work and or replacement parts. I don’t do the 200+ round torture tests with my weapons (like some), usually no more than 50 to 100 rounds an outing. The last time out, I shot about 65 rounds in the R51 (various types and brands of ammo) and had one failure if I recall; it was a feed issue. Not having any consistent issues, I cannot attribute them solely to the firearm. Could be the ammo, dirty gun or maybe even an operator error (limp waisted?). The R51 is very accurate in my opinion and if they offer an upgrade/recall trade in the future, I’ll take them up on it; I like the firearm a lot.

        • Rick5555

          Because instructors are on the inside and know what’s transpiring in the industry. Just because they haven’t heard anything doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. I had no problems trading in my R51 for the Remington’s 1911 model. I did this about 9 months ago.

          • Kip Hackman

            Sorry, I meant to add people who are intimately involved with Remington folks and are instructors.

        • Laserbait

          I have been offered the R1 for my R51, that’s at Remington now, every time that I call and ask about my gun. This was as recent as Tuesday 10/27/2015. I have declined every time, as I already have scads of 1911’s and other 45s.

          • Kip Hackman

            Exactly. The Remington apologists continue on with their devotion to a company that has made some pretty embarrassing missteps and refuse to be 100% forthright with their customers. Woo, a 1911. Guess what? Not everyone wants a damn 1911. The piss poor way Remington handled this debacle is going to require them to really work to gain the buying publics trust back.

    • Rick5555

      I was offered a R1911 model…not the enhanced model. I was quite pleased with the 1911. I still have it and enjoy shooting it. I don’t anticipate getting rid of this firearm. Though I have to admit. I usually keep what I purchase. So Remington made good on my failed R51. If the issues are eventually resolved. And the R51 is re-launched. I will pick one up. But, the thing needs to work. I haven’t given up on America’s oldest company.

  • Anon

    I don’t really see how anyone can be anything but super not excited for the thing. Unless you’re willing to overlook the rep and crowded .380 single stack market, but if you are then good for you I guess

    • I suppose—- It fits well in my front or back pocket in a holster. I’m good with it for a backup. I never carry anything smaller than a 9mm for a primary gun.

  • Anonymoose

    Didn’t they say they were coming out with a 7-round extension?

  • RocketScientist

    What type of action on this gun? Direct blowback? Browning-style tilting barrel delayed blowback? R-51 style Pedersen-derived? Just curious, didn’t see it mentioned in the article.

  • Swarf

    But I’m so happy with my R51!

    Seriously, Remington can suck it. Not only for the R51, but– more importantly– for what they did to Marlin… and Remington.

    • floppyscience

      …and H&R / NEF, and Bushmaster, and Para, and (soon) AAC, etc.

  • JK

    Do they already have a similar size 9mm? Cuz if they release one anytime soon after this, they’ll get accused of forcing a subcaliber gun down the throats of a public clamoring for a single stack 9mm Remington.

    • kipy

      This gun is based off the Rohrbaugh R9. So it technically has already been done in 9mm.

      • Action45

        Rohrbaugh made it in 380 as well, appears to be the same gun

      • JK

        But not by Remington, with their availability and price structure.

    • No–They could make one easily though.

      • JK

        Okay, I’ll wait for one of THOSE.

  • Totally Custom

    This a bit of side note but is related to the price issue. One of my local outdoor stores in WA said that Remington’s new management is not going to be selling directly to the smaller stores or many distributors anymore. Now these guys have two huge locations and sell tons of stuff in the puget sound area and they are too small for Rem. They said they will not carry anymore Remington products because there is no way they can compete on price with Cabelas or Bass Pro if they have to go through a distributor.

    I wish Remington luck with new products but I still shake my head at much of what they do or produce.

    • I hadn’t heard that so I can’t say.

    • FightFireJay

      Most big manufacturers only sell to distributors (Ruger, S&W, etc). As far as I know, companies like Cabela’s only purchase guns from distributors except for those companies that act as their own distributor (Kimber, etc).

    • 2ThinkN_Do2

      Are you talking about Sportco?

  • MR

    I want one in all stainless. A one pound+ 380. Ought to be soft shooting, to add extra appeal to the old-skool and arthritic crowd. 😉

    • This pistol has the easiest slide to rack of any small gun being sold today. I was really surprised at how easy it was to use. Not much recoil either.

      • Paul White

        how’s it compare to the cheetah?

        • It’s been so long since I saw one I can’t really remember.

          • Paul White

            dang. I’d like a mid or full size .380 for the kids to practice with, something easy recoidling

          • 2ThinkN_Do2

            Buy the Browning 380 1911 then : )

    • They will have an Alabama special edition with a stainless slide.

  • Action45

    You guys do realize this is simply a rebranded Rohrbaugh 380 right??? Unless I’m missing something, it’s essentially the same EXACT gun.

    • Yep I know. They made a few small changes from the original after working with the original designer/owner. Of course you know who owns the old Rohrbaugh company——

    • floppyscience

      It’s a rebranded Rohrbaugh at 1/3 the price. That’s the bit that unnerves me.

      • It’s the usual way things work. When you have a small company making limited numbers of guns you must charge more than the company that makes a bunch of guns and can charge less.

        • floppyscience

          I understand that, but such a large cut in price is not normal. You don’t save 66% simply by manufacturing in volume.

  • Edeco

    This new policy of not announcing ’till in production, thus products being available when announced sounds like more fertilizer. I mean, what about this shipping I keep hearing about? And this while they’re talking about the RM380 again with two weeks left to go at least. Comes off as insincere.

    Not that I’d care, usually, I mean announce early, announce late, announce at whatever trade show is convenient. As long as the company more or less does what it says it will. But Remington has used up their credibility..

  • bigkracka

    Over/under on the recall? I wouldn’t buy a damn thing from Remington, they’ve gone to crap the last few years.

  • nobody

    So, where do we place our bets on when the recall will happen and what it will be for?

  • mosinman

    is the R51 officially dead?

  • Laserbait

    Remington has had my R51 since August of last year… I hope I get it back someday, and I do not want a 380 ACP, so this would not be a substitute.

  • claymore

    So Phil is the mag release truly ambidextrous or does one have to manually switch the button from side to side like other firearms that say they are ambidextrous?

  • BigFED

    Like several have already said, I hope this Remington pistol works out better than that R51 lemon!!!

  • 2ThinkN_Do2

    I’ve been asking dealers (many who seemed clueless) about this firearm for months now; basically since I read about the release (back around May I believe). I’d be interested in giving it a whirl, might be an LCP dethroner . . . .

  • LAMan

    Phil, kudos for keeping your cool, as everyone vents about recent Remington malfunctions! Secondly, I understand the “venting,” as I own a top-notch original Remington Model 51 in .380, and had intended to buy their R51–until that fell onto very hard times. I’m glad to see your comment, Phil, that Remington is torture-testing that gun, modifying it, and trying to turn it into the gun that it was promised to be. If they can do that, I’m still interested–but the new Remington leadership really needs to “tidy up the battlefield” and make good to all the people who bought flawed versions.

    As to this new .380: I’m very interested, based on your excellent review of a production gun. I like metal, not polymer (polymer is very practical, but has no “soul” 🙂 I like the weight, as the LCP is too light & too snappy. I like the ease of slide retraction: always a bugbear of blowback designs, and more so for me as hand and shoulder ailments pile up! Ditto with the recoil impulse, which this design is intended to dampen & flatten–the snappy muzzle rise has always been the bane of blowback .380’s. My original Pedersen-designed Remington 51 shoots as quickly and easily as a .32, but the gun weighs 21 oz., which is certainly heavy for its power and capacity, and it’s big for a front pants pocket. So for me, the RM380 has the potential to check a lot of blocks.

    I may yet wind up carrying an R51A1 (my designation 🙂 and an RM380. I sure hope Remington gets these two right!!!