REVIEW: The New Remington RP-9 and RP-45 Pistol

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I’ve been waiting on the release of these two pistols since late 2013 so it’s nice to be able to finally tell the readers about them. The Remington new product writers seminar held in West Virginia in September gave us the opportunity to shoot this new RP series and get a feel for them. Of course, there are other new releases but you’ll have to wait a bit for those.

Shooting steel!

Shooting steel!

These are both full-size pistols. I would imagine at some point there will be a compact version. You may ask why no 40 caliber well to answer that question you have to look at sales of all guns in that caliber. Sales of the 40 cal have decreased this year and those in the know believe that trend will continue.

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Specs of the new RP series:

Specs for the available models.

Specs for the available models.

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If you’ll take notice of the spec sheet of the models now available the 9mm version holds 18+1 rounds while the 45 acp holds 15+1 rounds! They did some serious design work to have these pistols hold that many rounds and still have a relatively small grip. In fact Remington says the grip should fit 95% of shooters. Having shot the RP9 a great deal that afternoon the grip feels great. The grip is a bit thicker than a 1911 of course but the grip angle feels very close. Each pistol also comes with a small, medium and large backstrap so you can customize the grip to fit you. The pistols all weigh in at 26 plus ounces.

Ambi slide release

Ambi slide release

The slide is stainless steel with a PVD coating. The frame is obviously polymer which has a reversible mag release. The sights have a standard notch rear with a flat front so the slide can be worked with one hand by placing the rear sight on the users belt or an edge of a jeans pocket. The front sight has a red insert which can be changed to the users preference.

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Fiber optic front sight

Fiber optic front sight and in this case a tritium night sight

Over the hours I had to shoot this pistol I fired right at 300 rounds of Remington and Barnes ammo both fmj and jhp. There were no malfunctions of any kind. These guns were all production models. As I mentioned the grip felt very good.The contour of the grip allows for a high hold nearer to the center of the slide. This also mitigates recoil and just plain feels better than the lower grip many pistols have. The trigger was also good. The Glock trigger always felt a bit mushy to me with not much feedback. This trigger actually felt crisp with a good break and a short reset you can feel. The trigger actually felt better than most polymer pistols I’ve shot. The only other polymer pistol that comes close (trigger wise) is the FNS 9 long slide.

The targets they had set up for us were paper targets at 50 yards and steel dueling trees at 15 yards. I shot most of my rounds at the dueling tree. After some rounds to familiarize myself with the feel of this new pistol I was able to pickup speed and hit the targets without any difficulty. The accuracy was good for the situation we were shooting in. With the unexpected and unplanned release, I haven’t been able to shoot the usual 500 rounds at various distances and test for real accuracy. When writers sample guns are shipped I’ll write a follow-up article with more detailed information on accuracy with more detailed description of how well the RP9 shoots.

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Overall I was pleased with the RP9 and the way it handles and shoots. It’s not a CCW gun for sure unless you happen to be a good size person.

As far as MSRP that remains to be finalized but it will be very close to the $500 mark putting the street price near $450 in my estimation. I realize some information isn’t complete but since the news was leaked and the date for announcing the RP series was moved up from late December until now I had to hurry and get this written. I spoke with Remington this morning and while the guns have not shipped to dealers yet there is plenty of stock on hand at Remington and the efforts to get them shipped will start quickly. I would imagine within a couple of weeks you’ll see them in stores. That’s just my estimation.

The bottom line is I think they made a good pistol that’s been well thought out, designed and tested. It should be rather popular especially with the price point I believe we’ll see.

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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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  • John Edward Nicholson III

    Looks like a CCP got familiar with an SDVE

    • DW

      But FNS is the father…

  • Joseph Goins

    Did I just experience déjà vu or is this the second article on the topic today?

    • No the first one Nathaniel wrote was from the leaked information while mine is from first hand use and factual company information.

    • iksnilol

      Deja vu!
      I’ve just been in this time before
      Higher on the beat

  • yodamiles

    It seems like the only new innovation in handgun market right now is who can make the worst looking tilted barrel strike fire pistol….. seriously.
    I have no issue with strike fire polymer pistol but it seems that all the innovation in the past decades just died down.

    • I understand but that seems to be where the demand and money is right now.

    • M.M.D.C.

      In a crowd, it isn’t the best looking who gets noticed but the one who can shout loudest. Just look at all the garish looking new cars and outrageous trucks being advertised.

      Volume or intensity, whether it’s sound, color, harsh language or behavior, is a very common way to overcome or distract from mediocrity.

      • Floyd M

        Amazing but true. Remember they told us the empty tin can made the most noise and ugly was all the way through?

    • TheMaskedMan

      Especially since you can get striker-fired polymer pistols with from manufacturers who don’t have a history of reliability issues.

  • AC97

    Yawn.

    The way the slide tapers looks really stupid.

  • Hoplopfheil

    Deja vu is a glitch in the Matrix. It usually means they changed something.

  • JustAHologram

    How are they the exact same weight?

  • T Rex

    Assuming the RP9/45 makes it out of the factory absent the quality control issues that seem to plague Big Green product lines, one would hope someone at Remington will muster the courage to intervene and remove the gawdy gigantic “R” from the grip that imparts a first impression of cheap/tacky.

    • Rick O’Shay

      Still beats the Grip Zone.

  • Geoff Timm

    30 years too late and is uglier than a Ruger. Geoff Who wants to know where they swiped this design.

    • Swarf

      Hi Point.

  • Gus Butts

    Hopefully this new line of firearms from Remington won’t feature the Remington Factory Rust Finish (TM) and the Remington Factory Crown Burrs (TM) like all the long guns from Remington I ever got.

    • They used a PVD coating on these.

      • Ranger Rick

        Phil, do you believe that Remington’s PVD finish will be more durable than the SIG Legion series? I’ve read some poor reviews on that lately.

        • Man I sure hope so. Now the Legion I tested didn’t have a problem finish wise but I understand the early ones didn’t have problems with the finish but the later ones(recent production) have had problems.

  • DGR

    Stippling the grip would help take about 55.25% of the ugly out of it. I just see a lot of pointless lines, but they don’t look all that deep, so stippling might be a good option for this gun. Of course, personal opinion may vary.
    On that note, I always welcome more options to the market place (competition is good). However, this Is a few years late for me. I like commonality, so while I will be buying another plastic 9mm in the next few months, it wont be this one. But it looks like a solid option, it definitely doesn’t try to re-invent the wheel and they are sticking with what works for others.

  • Major Tom

    So they got a .45 with 15 rounds capacity? SOLD if the price is right!

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I completely overlooked this gun till I saw the capacity. It’ll be interesting to handle one. It always amazes me how glock is usually the most efficient size for rounds count but they use thick magazines that are polymer coated.

      Hopefully Remington has addressed this.

      • iksnilol

        There’s also the FNX or whatever it is called with 15 round .45 acp capacity.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          And the FNX does a good job to but is much more expensive and DA/SA. Myself I’ll buy and FNX45 before the Remington if I even buy a Remington but for the average guy walking into the gun store if this is under $500 it’ll pique their interest.

          • De Facto

            As the average guy walking into a gunstore.. a reliable 15 round .45 for less than 600 would come home with me in a heartbeat.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Exactly and I think they’re saying street will be less than $500 to you should be under $550 OTD.

        • This grip feels smaller than the FNX with the medium grip insert.

          • iksnilol

            I always assumed you’d get a somewhat thick grip with doublestack .45

          • That’s what I expected but somehow they did keep it from feeling so large.

          • iksnilol

            That’s nice, real nice. I heard P45’s had a thin albeit blocky grip.

          • Pretty rounded actually which was nice. If somebody wants to turn me off to a pistol just put a blocky large grip on it and I’m not interested.

          • Edeco

            Oh my heavens. I read your review of the FNX45… Is Remington coercing you somehow?

          • Nope not at all. Hey the FNX is a good pistol don’t get me wrong. I used the small grip insert in my test if I recall correctly. With the medium insert it did feel a bit large.

          • Edeco

            OK. I’m not forming a clear picture of the comparitive grip sizes from your description… might you care to put an IKEA tape measure around the Rem with the smallest insert?

            I’m just curious at this point. Naturally I prefer clips that hold an assault-quantity of bullets. It’d be interesting if 15 could be done in a 45 with less girth than the FNX.

          • I can’t ablidge you right now. The sample gun I won’t have for another week or so. I’ll do it when I get the pistol.

          • Edeco

            Awesome thanks! Yeah wouldn’t do me any good right now anyway, need to get one of those tape measures.

          • i’ll make myself a note to measure it when it gets here.

          • branden shaffer

            I prefer clips with assult quantity of bullets. smh. for real laughing out loud.

          • nova3930

            That’s very interesting. I like my FNX-45T but the grip is honestly very brick like….

          • Yep very true. When I tested the FNX Tactical the first thing I noticed was how large and yes blocky the grip was.

    • David B

      I wasn’t really interested until I saw that. If they work well(as in, not another r51) and the price is around $450 one might come home with me in the future.

  • Spencerhut

    At least they left .40S&W out. There are so many good plastic 9/45’s available now . . . so this thing better be really damn good or really damn cheap.

  • Edeco

    So the 45 clip holds fifteen bullets. Impressive. I’d guessed less looking at the first post. Mea culpa.

    • Vanns40

      Or you could say the 45 magazine holds 15 rounds…..:)

  • TC

    Are these pistols actually manufactured by Remington here in the U.S.? Or are they made by contract by some other company? Kudos to Remington for releasing a new product line, I hope it works out for them.

  • Again, I will not be shocked to learn that the magazine tubes are modified Para-Ordnance P14.45 and P18.9 tubes. The good news is that talented pistolsmiths will find a way to crop the grip frame to use shorter Para-Ord magazines. With barrel and magazine swaps, you should also be able to convert the RP9 to .38 Super or 9x23mm Winchester, and the RP45 to .40 S&W or 10mm Norma.

  • Richard

    At least the 45 holds more than 10

  • J.T.

    You mention that they were production guns, but I doubt they just grabbed them randomly. For a press event, they probably hand picked guns and test fired them extensively back at the factory to make sure there wouldn’t be any issues whey you all shot them. It has yet to be seen if their standard QC will be up to the task of getting consumers reliable guns that don’t rust if you look at them wrong.

    • I checked a few of the pistols before I started shooting. I shot the one that looked like it had never been fired.
      Those bad days of the first R51 are behind them I believe. Using standard production guns is the way to go.

  • Cal S.

    I guess the .40S&W is going the way of the 10mm. Too many people couldn’t handle the recoil, even though that was ironically the reason it was adopted over the 10mm in the first place.

    Sure, cry me a river about decreased capacity, but aside from the 10mm, there’s no better rimless cartridge for combining range and energy in PCCs. Small minds.

    • Julius No

      The actual fundamental difference between 9mm and 40SW has narrowed so severely in recent years that nobody else seems to be thinking that anymore.

      I might pick up a used G23 because they’re literally going for around $250, because nobody wants one.

      • Cal S.

        In handguns, yes. In carbine systems, the difference is remarkably stark. It’s the subject of an ongoing research project for me.

        • Julius No

          I’ve been looking into a pistol cal carbine for quite some time. But unless I have at least ammunition compatibility with my sidearm, if not actual magazine compatibility, there’s no point. An AR is basically as light anyhow.

          • Cal S.

            I’d like to see a 4lb AR-15 for $400, then I’d agree with you.

          • Laserbait

            Keltec SU16 is in that range, and it’s a fine gun. Plus, it folds in half, making it even more compact.

          • Cal S.

            That’s true. If I hadn’t already sunk $750 into my first AR, and then wanted to have the experience of building my second one from scratch, I’d proudly own an Su-16C.

          • Julius No

            I’d like to know what PCC you’re buying for $400…

          • Cal S.

            A Kel-Tec Sub-2000. Picked a gen 1 up 2 years ago for $399. It’s a fantastic rifle.

  • nova3930

    15+1 in 45 is interesting if the grip is relatively small. My FNX-45T has that capacity but the grip is honestly like a brick…

  • Charlie Victor Alpha

    Too many other fantastic choices in striker fired tupperware to even remotely consider any product from Freedom Group, which reminds me, I have a DPMS A2 upper/lower set to get rid of.

    • It’s Remington Outdoor now not the Freedom Group.

      • Charlie Victor Alpha

        So did Cerberus finally sell its stake in Freedom Group? and is the result Remington Arms Company?

        • Everything has been changed over to Remington Outdoor. They announced the change about 10 months ago or so.

          • Charlie Victor Alpha

            It’s hard to find info on it, but it appears Cerberus still owns Remington.

          • It can be confusing I’ll admit that!

          • Charlie Victor Alpha

            It certainly doesn’t help the Freedom Group website is still operational. If Cerberus is currently taking a “hands off” approach with their ownership of Remington and all the other brands until they can find a buyer, I may consider their products in the future. As of right now, I just don’t trust the company is running smoothly enough to produce trouble free products. That, and what was done to companies like AAC and L.A.R. and several other brands under their umbrella, it just sucks.

          • J.T.

            It was only a re-branding, still the same crappy ownership.

  • Bierstadt54

    It sounds like a good shooter and the capacity is a big point in its favor, but it is still darned ugly.

  • Sean

    So why buy this over a Glock, XD, FN,M&P, CZ, HK, Walther, or Ruger? Especially considering Remington’s extreme lack of quality control the last decade?

    • John

      Because 15 rounds of .45 ACP does make the heart go flutter.

      • john huscio

        Sar k2

  • WELLS SHANE

    I DO NOT LIKE HIGH CLASS PLASTIC PISTOLS

    • DW

      This one is anything but high class

      • Sean

        One step above a High Point. With worse quality

  • Treiz

    looks like they crossed a M&P and a PPQ. I wish them luck.

  • john huscio

    PPQ & M&P got it on in a facility in north bama and this was the ill fated, genetically defective offspring.