Remington R51 Gen 2 500+ Round Review (2016)

Remington R51 (Gen 2) was famously recalled in 2014 and redesigned. This redesigned version finally went on sale on August 12th. I immediately purchased this brand new Remington R51 Generation 2 (2016 version) new in box from my local gun store. I took it home, cleaned it up, and got it ready for a 600 rounds of 9mm ammunition. Watch this full and honest review to see how it fared.

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– So here we go.

Remington R51 Gen 2 review.

The first release was so bad that Remington, America’s oldest gun maker, had to recall all of them.

Every single one.

That was two years ago.

And at SHOT this past year they had none on display and wouldn’t even talk about it.

The kicker, the gun is basically a modern version of the old model 51 that was designed in 1917.

Worked flawlessly and sold well.

So with modern manufacturing capacity, capabilities, and techniques, it should have been great.

But in reality, the quality control was so horrendous, that pistols left the factory with rear-sights that came loose right out of the box, among a slew of other problems.

So now they have a second chance.

But first let’s check out some of the features of the R51.

The sights are a pretty typical three dot arrangement.

Nothing special here.

Unlike the original gun, this one has a slide catch, which is nice.

And the mag release is ambidextrous.

The gun is also sized right for me, but a little larger than most people’s carry guns.

This definitely falls into the small enough to conceal, large enough to fight with, category.

Now the trigger’s light, but the reset is neither audible, nor does it provide much feedback to the user.

You don’t feel that nice click that lets you know the gun is ready to go bang again.

The distant to reset is also average.

So for this test, I brought up 600 rounds of ammo.

Including 11 different brands.

Including steel, brass, nickel, 115 up to 147 grain, and so on, to be as comprehensive as possible.

So let’s go.

All right so first shots ever with my brand new Remington R51 Generation 2.

Let’s see how they go.

(gun firing) Not looking good after the first shot.

All right so, basically what happened is the round seemed to nose dive in the magazine, and didn’t get picked up, but let’s go ahead and try again.

(gun firing) All right here goes the Brown Bear steel case 115 grain.

(gun firing) Little misfire there.

(gun firing) Another one.

It’s got another nose dive problem here.

(gun firing) And it’s, it’s pretty locked up right now.

Didn’t like the steel-cased ammo very much.

Let’s keep moving forward.

All right here goes 2013 production 124 grain Winchester NATO stamped stuff, which is really, really good ammo.

(gun firing) All right it seems to like that stuff pretty well.

Let’s keep going through the different ammo types.

(gun firing) All right so failure rate so far with 144 grain stuff has been zero.

It’s actually worked fantastically.

Hopefully it’s kinda getting broken and it’ll work great with the 115 grain.

I’m still a little less than optimistic because of what happened at first, but let’s keep going.

Okay now we’re on to the Magtech 115 grain plus P hollow-points, let’s see how it handles those.

(gun firing) Not bad.

I’m ringing the pate and I’m actually 27 yards away so, let’s keep on going.

All right now it’s time for two magazines worth of Gold Dots.

(gun firing) You know it just seems like this thing likes hot ammo.

With the 124 grain stuff and the plus P stuff, it’s running great.

But if by the end of the day it’s not running 115 grain range ammo perfectly, then I’m gonna be kinda disappointed because we can’t practice with basically the cheapest ammo available, that’s a bit detriment to your carry gun, in my opinion.

Okay now we’re back to some cheap stuff.

This is 115 grain Tula steel-cased.

(gun firing) And again we’ve got a nose-dive with that.

The round just kinda doesn’t hit the feed ramp.

(gun firing) Or set the primer off.

(gun firing) Again, another nose dive.

And there, it just didn’t chamber the round properly.

(gun firing) Another nose-dive.

This is starting to get frustrating, not like Nambu-bad but, pretty annoying.

(clicking) (gun firing) You know that Tula steel-case works in every other 9mm I have.

So, it’s really bizarre it’s not running well in this.

All right so I’ve loaded up some Fiocchi 115 grain, let’s see how that works.

Or doesn’t.

(gun firing) Fiocchi runs great.

Well, two magazines worth.

Let’s keep going.

(gun firing) So problems keep arising with the gun nose-diving and as you can see, trying to get it in focus here, When the slide rides back over the bullet, it leaves these very weird marks.

And you can see how it’s not quite tilted up all the way in the magazine.

And this is good quality ammunition.

This is German-made ammunition.

124 grain stuff so, let’s keep on going.

You know I’ve always had good luck with this 124 grain immien German stuff in everything.

It’ll run in even a German MP40 which is notoriously kinda finicky.

Oozies gobble it up, MP5s, all my nine milometer pistols do very well with this stuff.

I’m very disappointed that it’s having these hang ups with this gun.

(gun firing) Okay that’s weird, it didn’t go forward and into battery.

(gun firing) So far it’s looking like this is a gun I’d want my enemy to have in a gun fight.

I’d rather have my original.

Okay we’re back to 115 grain stuff.

(gun firing) So at this point I just started shooting through the rest of my 115 grain brass cased ammunition, including Speer, Federal, Winchester white box, Fiocchi, and, I believe one other brand, and it ran great.

It actually ran 10 magazines of seven rounds each.

So 70 rounds without a malfunction, which was great.

Quite a few mags of 115 grain brass case stuff now, mixed stuff.

Basically I run everything in that big Crown Royal bag.

Let’s move on to the steel case again.

I wanna see if it functions with the Brown Bear.

Okay so now we’re back to the steel cased ammo.

(clicking) Not only did I flinch, but it didn’t go off.

(gun firing) Another nose dive in the magazine.

(clicking) And it didn’t go off.

(gun firing) You know, no matter what I do, it’s just not likin’ that 115 grain Brown Bear.

(clicking) (frustrated sigh) (gun firing) You know the failure rate with this steel case stuff is frustrating.

It keeps nose diving in the magazine, and the firing pin is not igniting the round, which is not good for a carry gun.

All right now we’re back to brass.

(gun firing) I can’t really tell because it’s happening so fast, but it looks like the injection pattern is a little sporadic.

Not really a deal-breaker for me as long as it’s not hitting me in the face or anything.

(gun firing) Oh, one nose dive.

Seems like a lot of these problems are due to the magazine.

(gun firing) One thing I like to tell people to do with a carry gun, or potential carry gun is to practice shooting it one-handed because you never know what kinda situation you’ll be in.

You might end up in a car-jacking or something where you only have enough time and enough space to maneuver to where you can only get one hand out and draw very quickly.

You might not have time to get an ideal stance and line up your sights.

Really, point shooting is something people don’t practice as much as they should so I’m gonna practice one-handed a little bit and see if that induces a malfunction.

(gun firing) I mean it seems like as long as you’re strong-arming it pretty good, it doesn’t matter much.

But I’m gonna keep doing that.

(gun firing) So far so good.

(gun firing) I will say this thing is damn accurate.

I’m usually not good with small handguns, that’s why I don’t shoot them a lot.

For recreation or on TV, I simply don’t like ’em.

This is just on the cusp of being a large handgun and I like that about it.

(gun firing) You know we’re burning through all the brass case stuff we have, think we’ve only got a few more magazines.

(gun firing) It sure likes that 124 grain plus P.

(gun firing) I say that and then it jammed on one.

(gun firing) All right here’s the final six rounds of brass case ammunition that I have.

(gun firing) And that’s it.

So let’s go ahead and get to the final thoughts.

So I put quite a few rounds through the Remington R51 Generation 2 today.

And experienced quite a few malfunctions.

Now it did run a little bit better towards the end of the day, with the brass case ammo only.

It did not run steel, it did not like steel.

It had trouble igniting the primers, the ammunition wouldn’t go off, and it had a tendency to nose dive.

I think a lot of that was from the friction of the magazine.

Also we did have some nose dives with brass case as well.

So it wasn’t limited to just steel case.

Now, I would not carry this gun right now, it had too many malfunctions and the failure rate was too high.

If you’re gonna trust your life to something, it needs to function very well right out of the box.

Seriously, I mean, if you’re at the store and you’re buying a fire extinguisher and the guy says well this has a failure rate of one in 500, and this one costs the same and has a failure rate of one in 10,000, that’s gonna be a no-brainer.

And that’s kinda where I’m at with this gun.

You can get a glock 42 or 43 for about the same price, and in my opinion it’s a better gun.

Now it might not be as comfortable, whatever, that’s a personal choice, and opinion I guess.

But I wouldn’t feel comfortable carrying this right now.

I’d like to put another 500 rounds through it.

I probably wouldn’t do that on camera.

I would do it and then report back.

This is a very time-intensive and very expensive ordeal when I do something like this.

Takes about half a day.

Filming, setting up, travel to the range, and from, and everything like that, but it is what it is.

It didn’t perform as well as I’d like it to, and take the information as you will.

I know a lot of you guys are just gonna say, junk, it had some malfunctions in the beginning and then write it off, that’s fine, whatever.

A lot to you guys are gonna be interested and say well it did start working, maybe it needs to break in.

But the fact of the matter is guns like the glocks these days and stuff, don’t need a break-in, they work right out of the box.

So do a lot of other pocket pistols.

This one is not like that and that’s unfortunate.

Anyways this is Alex C. with TFB TV.

Big thanks to Ventura Munitions for helping us out with the cost of ammo.

We hope to see you all next time.



Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


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  • MyFifteenthAccount

    Looks to me like it’s still not worth having. It’s a shame, too, because that is a pretty sleek, sexy pistol.

  • Jeff Smith

    That’s so incredibly disappointing. If you screw up once, you really have to come through the second time around.

    You’re breaking my heart, Remington.

    • De Facto

      The Remington that we knew for so many years has been dead for a while now. Freedom Group is the cancer of the firearms community.

      • iksnilol

        It’s Old Yeller all over again.

    • MaskMan

      Just so. Coming back for a second chance with a less-than-perfect fit, finish, and function is a mark of either gross incompetence or contempt for their market.

  • Bullphrog855

    If Remington got this gun to work, I would buy it in a heart beat. I want to love this gun.

    • ARCNA442

      I have the opposite priorities. A toy can require expensive ammo because its a novelty that’s only going to be shot a few times a year. A defensive gun needs to be able to run cheap ammo because you should be training with it often.

      Sure, load up with Gold Dots or HST when you’re out and about, but 50¢ a round adds up quickly on the range. Ultimately, anything that makes training more difficult or expensive is probably a bad choice.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        There’s also a difference though between “cheap” ammo and “the cheapest imported steel crap we can find” ammo.

        If a gun can’t run right on Russian steel-cased ammo, I’m fine with that. If a gun can’t run right with WWB that’s a problem.

        Clearly though, the R51 has a lot of problems with different ammo types and not JUST bottom of the barrel steel cased stuff. That’s a much bigger problem to me. It means I can’t trust it with random ammo I buy, even if I believe it to be quality ammo.

        • Hoplopfheil

          My litmus test is Federal Aluminum. Usually it’s even cheaper than Tula steel (where I live, anyway), and I feel the quality is better and the powder burns cleaner.

          But that might be my ‘Merica bias showing.

        • Amplified Heat

          And a further difference between “every variety of the cheapest imported crap we can find,” since it’s not like the gun didn’t run fine with Fiocchi. My R51 hates Winchester White Box. Will not feed it, even after I reamed the chamber fully to spec (was badly undersized initially, same as most of the folks who experienced failure to go into battery I’d reckon). The magazines are a bit crappy, probably has something to do with why some bullet profiles will do nothing but nose dive.

          I heard P35 High Powers are garbage pistols, too, since their humped feed ramp will always jam on hollow points 😉

          • Sermon 7.62

            That is true. I had P35. It is garbage. Jams a lot.

        • Mark

          The reality though is that this pistol has to compete against a dozen or more single stack 9×19 pistols that do in fact eat cheap ammo all day reliably.

          It’s just not acceptable to show up to the market with this gun.

      • John

        I concur.

      • Paul White

        I kind of feel like if it won’t reliably on half decent bulk ammo then I’m out…but if it doesn’t like the cheapest poly coated stuff, I can live with that. Now, if won’t run Geco, Fiocchi, Wolf Gold, etc I have a problem

    • c4v3man

      If a clean gun requires premium ammunition to function properly, who’s to say it will function properly after being dropped in some dirt in a scuffle, or after accumulating lint for a month in a pocket holster, etc. Guns that can reliably fire poor quality ammo when cleaned are probably more likely to fire excellent quality ammo under all conditions. Might be ok for a toy like a .22lr plinker, but seeing a jam for any reason is not confidence inspiring on a defensive weapon.

      It’s such a shame… while I am initially turned off by the initial disastrous release of the R51, I do love oddball guns. I would give it a chance if they fixed it in the second generation but this sounds like they still cut corners in all the wrong places. There’s nothing wrong with a cheap gun that works and is ugly, but ugly and finicky can stay on the shelf at the dealer.

      • Amplified Heat

        My gun also prefers hotter ammo; this isn’t exactly uncommon among recoil operated pistols. My Mateba also like hot 357, and DEagles are famous for requiring hot magnum loads, as well as the beloved HK P7 and Uzi if I’m not mistaken.

        • iksnilol

          Uzi?

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Is money or time or money more of an issue for you?

      The skills gained from using lots of cheap ammo are more important in a gun fight than have a bullet with proper expansion and penetration. I’ll take a solid hit with crap ammo any day other a mediocre hit with great ammo.

      I time is the issue then I get your point. Not sure if you’ve handled one but the gun is huge for the category it is placed in.

    • John

      Well….if the Zombie apocalypse comes, which it will, maybe, once all the good ammo is gone, you can only find cheap a$$ ammo for your gat….then what? Fix your gat? Find a new gat? In the Zombie apocalypse?!?!?

      No way man, no way….

      …Sig all the way…or Glock if you are on a budget and can’t afford a prettier gun.

      As always, JMHO

  • I want to like it.

    Really, I do.

    • hikerguy

      I agree, but if they are still spotty on performance, then I will have to look for something else. It’s a shame, really. Yeah, I really wanted one of those too.

  • TVOrZ6dw

    Best recommendation ever- “It’s not Nambu bad, but…”.

  • Darkpr0

    A $400 gun that requires 500 rounds of break in before you can use it is a $550 gun in disguise.

    • Vitsaus

      Most $550 guns are actually $400 guns in disguise.

  • This is also probably worth sharing.

    • Anon

      Why am I not surprised?

    • ostiariusalpha

      Sad as it is to see it, that is exactly the kind of picture that we need to be shown.

    • Can you describe what we are looking at?

      • Darrell

        This, please explain the pic.

        • ostiariusalpha

          It’s the bolt/breechblock; Remington uses a NiB or Nickel-Teflon finish on it, but the coating is already starting to crack after only 500 rounds. This is a bad sign, in that they seem to be lacking good application control. It’s the same as if your brand new AR-15 had the chrome lining of the chamber chipping off after only 500 rounds.

          • stephen

            I would say a combination of bad design and bad choice of materials (metal and coatings).

            All I know is that I wait a year or so before I buy a new-to-the-market firearm. Let other people endure the hassle and pain – nobody got time for that.

            😉

    • nanoc

      That’s the breach block. With what looks like some really bad machining or casting.

      • nanoc

        *breech

    • PK

      Oh, no…. no no. Rushed out the door once again, obviously. This is not the way to cut costs, Remington!

      • Amplified Heat

        Looks like a bur caused by the disconnector lobe riding over a sharp edge of a softer part, to me. That scallop above the ‘crack’ is what guides that part up & over the bolt on the return stroke). Most R51 1.0 owners have peening or galling all along the underside of the bolt in line with the disco lobes, to the point the burs carved ‘trenches’ into the upper surface of the frame locking block –again, in line with the disconnector lobes. I see far less (actually none, apart from the one bur) evidence of wear on this bolt from the redesigned disconnector Remington now uses, though I’d still like to see this part from a few other angles to know for sure.

        I’d like to see if Alex’s frame looks like this yet, since that’s the real test of whether peening is occuring at the bolt

    • Sasquatch

      Wow…..

    • Ebby123

      Does it affect function?

    • Mitchell

      Hi Alex, This is sad to see. I had high hopes for the R-51 Gen 2. I wanted to purchase one for the wife but believe I will go with another LC9s. I cannot understand what is going on with Remington.
      .

  • Vitsaus

    I’ve never had any interest in the R51, but I will say, guns that don’t feed steel case ammo well don’t bother me. Many (possibly most) manufacturers recommend running brass case ammunition through their products and not steel, and there are a lot of NATO arms that do no feed steel very well. I get that a lot of people are cheap, but who is carrying a pistol with a mag full of steel case ammo? Certainly the other malfunctions turn me off, but I can’t say its unreasonable to just feel a pistol brass.

  • It appears to be about the size of a Glock 19. Is that true? Is the Glock a lot thicker?

    • Kelly Jackson

      The R51 is a single stack so it’s less than 1″ thick.

      • Amplified Heat

        About .1″ of its thickness is due to the slide stop lever alone, a fact sometimes forgotten when comparing it to the ‘same’ thickness G43 with much flatter sides, and squarer corners

        The slide, barrel, and magazine are also sized to accomodate 45acp, so keep that in mind. Were the recoil spring mounted below the barrel instead of around it & the gun designed for 9mm alone, it’d be about .75″ thick.

    • PK

      More like the G43.

  • Rimfire

    Just give us the Readers Digest version please, I can’t sit thru a 20+ minute video, just too much going on.

    • Amplified Heat

      Doesn’t like cheap Brown Bear, seems decently reliable otherwise?

    • Jammed first shot. Doesnt like steel cased stuff. Reliability spotty with 115 grain brass. Works okay with +p, but not 100%.

      • PK

        I can say the part about steel and 115gr for a lot of small 9x19mm handguns, none of which I would own due to those same problems, but many people have no problem with the requirement to use higher quality ammunition. Personal choice, that’s fine.

        The part about not being 100% with quality +P, however… that’s beyond bad. That’s extremely bad.

      • Amplified Heat

        Care to weigh in on the magazines, themselves? My R51 1.0 had rather cheap, crummy mags, with sharp/rough feed lips, and seam welds nearly ground through (others’ have had mags split or crack at the seam)

  • Uncle Festet

    To test for magazine problems, I mark mine so I can determine whether I have a defective mag or a systematic problem with all the mags.

    In particular, the submarining problem sounds like at least 1 mag has a problem.

    • Amplified Heat

      He only had two mags, I believe (since they aren’t for sale yet), hence the constant screen-cuts to reload (he’s got better thumbs than I; these mags suck to load). The feed lips are rather sharp, and on the first guns, rough/burred, so I’m not surprised that higher-friction steel case might have some issues popping out of them correctly. I’d also like to see if the OAL is significantly different from the other ammo, as well.

      • Joseph Goins

        He had multiple magazines from the Gen 1.

      • Uncle Festet

        Even if you only have two mags, it is important to verify the function of each of them. If you don’t mark them in some way, it is possible magazine “a” is the problem and magazine “b” works fine.

        On my new Liberty .22, I had 1 magazine of 4 that was a problem. Once I identified it as the problem, I was able to fix it.

        Note – shipping the new R51’s with any defective mags (if that is what occurred) is not excusable.

        • MaskMan

          Several times in the video he had failures in consecutive magazines within the same shooting block; if it’s the magazines, it’s both of them.

  • Kelly Jackson

    I think i’ll reserve judgement until I see some Youtube videos of someone putting it in dog poop or running it over with a truck.

  • Frank Martin

    I think I will stick to my XDS 3.3 in 9mm or my planned purchase of Kahr CM9.. or even get me a Glock 43 before I purchase this new R-51.. too many problems.

  • Gregory

    We can sum it up with this: the pistol is a POS!

  • mlk18

    I wanted so bad for the R51 2.0 to be the gun of my dreams. Oh well, still have my S&W 3953. Thanks @Alex C. for another awesome review.

  • Sermon 7.62

    Merica!

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Given how many people out there want to like this gun, and want this gun to be a success (myself included), have you reached out to Remington at all on the issues you’ve had? I would love to see an official follow-up. It would also be nice to see if this is a fluke gun, or actually indicative of the whole line.

    • I tested it 2 days ago, so not yet.

  • Hoplopfheil

    “At least it’s not Nambu bad.” -Alex C

    Talk about damning with faint praise.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    “If I were in a gun fight this is the gun I’d want my enemy to have.”

    I started the video left the room and when I walked back in that’s what I heard. All I needed to know.

  • Southpaw89

    I can ignore the issues with steel case ammo, I don’t use any in my handguns as it is (except 9×18), but even with that I’m not thrilled. I really wanted this gun to work, but I’ll have to give it a little more time to see it they can hammer out the remaining problems.

  • Joseph Goins

    I guess TheYankeeMarshall is still right: “I don’t consider the R51 a gun. I consider it a desperate cry for help from a once great company.”

  • Badwolf

    I really want this gun to work. I think it’s cool because its a fixed barrel delayed blowback, not the usual boring recoil operated tilting barrel. But cool has to work.

  • I agree with your observations. So far I’m at about 800 rounds on mine. So far so good. My review will be out once I hit 1,000 round mark and check the internals one last time.

    • Amplified Heat

      Well that sure as hell sounds promising…I may yet get a second R51 to polish up & blue into a classy tuxedo gun!

    • Marvin

      Please measure the oal of the cartridges (sample size) and the case web expansion if at all possible.

  • IndyToddrick

    Alex – Did you mark the magazines? Maybe one magazine had bent feed lips? Perhaps that’s wishful thinking.

    The light primer strikes could likely be remedied by a spring change, but it appears the magazine design may just be deficient. I ate a lot of popcorn watching that…

  • Johnny G

    I’ve never stared at another dude this long. Alex, you’re kinda hot; to be a 20 something year old woman… lol.

    Anyhow, excellent video. This is why gun magazines are dying; the Internet journalists can do a better job, in better detail, and with videos showing the problems ‘live.’

  • Giolli Joker

    Unless you’re using after-market magazines, a magazine related malfunction is still a design/manufacturing issue of the gun, although possibly more easily solved.

  • El Duderino

    So, if Remington makes the entire thing out of tungsten carbide, nitrided maranging steel, and wrap everything in carbyne, it might last through a review?

  • Marvin

    You made a lot of brass, can we get some case head/web expansion numbers?? And also OAL on the cartridges fired? Just for REMINGTON POS SCIENCE figures round 2?

  • Evan

    I’m just throwing it out there, that Remington has always been a “cheap” brand focusing more on value than on features. I’ve had friends whose bolt handles have come off their “Mil-spec” 700s, I’ve heard horror stories about Remington’s rifle barrels, and last Xmas a friend of mine picked up a Wingmaster for himself at a pre-Xmas sale. He picked it out with his wife, and she wrapped it up and he opened it up Xmas morning with the kids. By Xmas morning, it had rusted, badly, in some spots where it had been handled, and upon taking it apart for cleaning, it definitely appeared no corrosion protection had been applied from the factory.

    That being said, the Freedom Group acquisition has been pretty bad, but I’ll remind everyone this happened because Remington was millions in debt, and hadn’t turned a profit from FY2003-2005. (Remington’s heydays actually ended, looking back, in 1993 when DuPont sold them off.)

    Also, Remington UMC ammo from various lines is some of the dirtiest brass cased stuff I’ve ever shot.

  • mazkact

    Very disappointing. I have always loved the Pederson design. I wonder how the Strike One pistols are fairing, don’t hear much about them.

  • Joseph Goins

    That’s what happens to company’s who rest their laurels on achievements from sixty years ago.

  • DIR911911 .

    yeah , video seemed a bit long (got to 4:08) but skipping to the comments let’s me pretty much know all I needed to.

  • LG

    It truly requires “genius” to take a weapon which functioned quite well in 1917 and convert it into a flop. The original Inferior Arms Company model 51 from the 1920s were well made, reliable, excellent firearm. Along comes “Freedom” and it is replaced with horse droppings!

  • DanGoodShot

    Alex C. Quick question. Did you happen to inspect any of the spent casings? I’ve seen and heard of the r51 having issues with minor bulging with certain types of ammo. But that it happens with varying degrees with all ammo. Did you experience any of this?

    • Havok

      Wasn’t the bulging attributed to the slide not being fully in battery?

  • Chris

    I took my R51 Gen 2 out this weekend to try it out. I purchased one the first time around but they recalled it so I turned it back in without firing. After watching several reviews on the Gen2 I did not have my hopes up. I was pleasantly surprised. I ran through 200 rounds of mostly brass cased 115 grain ball and 124 grain HP from winchester, tula, and hornady without a hitch. I encountered nothing but problems with Tula steel case ammo. I have a Kahr CW9 used for carry and can say I like the way this R51 shoots better than the Kahr. For me, it is an easy pistol to shoot and shoot accurately. The low bore axis really does translate into less muzzle flip. My +P loads all shot very well out of this pistol. The Tula BrassMaxx ran 100% as well. Need some more trigger time with it but pleased so far.

  • InfidelCrusader

    That was hard to watch, like watching drunks do karaoke. You know it’s going to be brutal but you’re still unpleasantly surprised at how bad it really is.

  • James Sprott

    From the looks of things, Remington needs to improve the magazine follower design to stop nosedives. Stronger spring is needed for firing pin to set off stubborn steel case ammo. Locking block area shows wear at contact points inside the pistol on other video reviews.. Suggest Tetralube or other grease type lube on these areas to smooth function. Other videos show that the feed ramp goes a little too far into the chamber, causing extraction problems as pistol gets dirty from firing..Same as you show in your review. You need to contact Remington for Product Improvement in these areas.

  • MaskMan

    So, what I’m hearing you say is that ‘fit and finish’ are still lacking; Remington appears to have ‘cheaped out’ on the kind of attention to detail which makes a firearm run smoothly right out of the box.
    Have I got that right?

    The last time the R51 was on the market, I never got past the first ‘handling test;’ there were so many sharp and unfinished edges that I went no further. I would be disappointed if that same problem remained.