Remington Releases New 1911 R1 Enhanced Commander

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Remington announced today the release of two additional new models to the company’s line of 1911s. These two 1911s are both Commander models with one having the black oxide finish with the other commander in stainless steel.

Black oxide version

Black oxide version

Remington started out with the base model R1 which was followed by the Carry model and Enhanced version. For those not familiar with the Enhanced it comes with a Novak type adjustable rear sight and a fiber optic front sight. This model has vertical serrations to the front of the grip as well as vertical serrations to the front of the slide. I know many traditionalist prefer to have a clean slide without the forward slide serrations. Like them or hate them they do aid in checking the status of the pistol without having to use the old press check method which some consider a bit risky since the shooter’s thumb is inside the trigger guard. The barrel is match grade. Of course the ejection port is enlarged and lowered.

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From Remington:

The R1 Enhanced Commander is another in a line of high quality 1911s designed to meet the needs of the features minded 1911 fan. With its Fiber Optic front sight, adjustable rear sight, and match grade barrel this gun is a perfect mix of accuracy and function.

4.25” Match-Grade Barrel
Oversized, Flared Ejection Port
Wide Front & Rear Wide cocking serrations
Carbon Steel Frame and Slide
Red Fiber Optic Front Sight with Novak style Adjustable Rear Sight
Extended Beavertail grip safety
Adjustable skeletonized trigger
Black Oxide Finish
Dark laminate Grips
Two 8-Round magazines
Trigger pull ranges 3 1/2 pounds to 5 pounds

Enlarged and lowered ejection port

Enlarged and lowered ejection port

MSRP in the black oxide finish is $903.00 while the stainless version runs $990.00. Obviously the street price will be closer to $750 in black oxide—$790 for the stainless.

I normally carry the Remington R1 Carry Commander or full sized Enhanced model. The trigger pull is listed above in the specs. My experience has the trigger pull averaging right at 4 pounds. The low profile adjustable rear sight is a handy addition for me since I test a fair amount of various 45 acp loads. It’s a heck of alot easier to turn the screw with a small screwdriver rather than filing the front sight or changing the front sight to fit one load.

Front slide serrations

Front slide serrations with fiber optic sight

In spite of the problems with the R51 Remington got it right with the 1911 lineup. I’ve never experienced any malfunctions with either of my Remington 1911s. Accuracy has been very good. Inline with the new policy these new 1911s are available now.

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Remington 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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  • greasyjohn

    A lot of people like single action revolvers in .357 Magnum. A lot of people would like more 1911s in .38 Super and 9mm.

  • John Snow

    Remington being very smart on what doing with 1911 that makes.

  • Nashvone

    “In spite of the problems with the R51 Remington got it right with the 1911 lineup.”

    I would hope so. If any manufacturer manages to screw up a 1911, they should turn out the lights, lock the doors and look for a job digging ditches.

    • That’s probably true but some companies have messed up making 1911s.

      • DaveK

        Phil, do you have any thoughts on 1911s which where made by Para?

  • Marcus D.

    How do these stack up to the competition? There seems to be more and more in the sub-$1000 category for US manufacturers.

    • Marcus the 1911 is my favorite gun and I’ve shot just about every brand and the Remington line stacks up well against the competition. Also since Remington opened up the custom shop you can have a lot done to the 1911 at reasonable prices. Carlos who headed the Remington 1911 team is now head of the custom shop.

      • Marcus D.

        Sadly, I went and checked the California roster. Remington sells no handguns in this state. Hardly any Colts sold either, except for a single Commander and the Python. Ruger is down to a single pistol, the LC380, and Taurus the PT38S. Sigs and Springfields galore, though.

  • Sulaco

    I bought one of the SS Rem R1’s gov models not the enhanced version last year (had to decide between the blued and SS) and although a fine 1911 I ended up paying to put a beaver tail and roul hammer on it as it was eating the web of my hand. I kind of wish I had paid a little more (got the Rem rebate on the gov model) and bought the enhanced version of the gov model when it came out and avoided this. Still I may get a commander version as it will likely be a great carry piece and with everything on it already that I need.

  • ozzallos .

    They have a $75 rebate going on to the end of april. Wonder if they could be convinced to include these models in it.

    • Sulaco

      Where at Ozz? All my local shops have not seen any so far….

      • ozzallos .

        Since TFB hates links, google “Remington 2016 Rebate”. There are two going on; one for ammo and one for their 1911s.

        • Sulaco

          Thanks I’ll take a look but I know how the rebates work, I got one on the R1 I purchased last year. Problem here is there is none to purchase in any store and ordering one will be too late me thinks….I checked with one of the biggest stores on the W coast and they had One Remington 1911 in stock and that was an enhanced gov model with threaded barrel left over from the last year……strange.

  • Cleophus

    It amazes me how gun companies regularly turn their back on a very significant part of the firearms market by not making their products ambidextrous. I was excited about this pistol until I saw it didn’t have a left hand safety. Oh well, I guess I’ll spend my money elsewhere……