Limited Run of Remington R1 Pistols from Davidson’s

Remington R1

During the past few months, I’ve seen more people talking about the 10mm – both online and in a few of the gun shops I wander into. I understand why the cartridge is appealing. It is a powerful cartridge capable of a wide range of activities from hunting to bowling pin matches. Of course, the self defense crowd understandably likes the power as well.

Remington previously jumped into the 10mm market with its R1 line of 1911 style pistols. Now, Davidson’s is working with Remington to offer an exclusive R1 Long Slide Hunter pistol in 10mm.

The new gun features an Oil Rubbed Bronze PVD finish on the frame and slide. This appears to be similar (or maybe even the same) finish that SIG SAUER uses on its own Spartan handguns. I’ve handled and shot several of the Spartan guns and really like the look of the finish. I expect the Oil Rubbed Bronze finish on the R1 will look equally good in person.

Other than the finish, the gun appears to be much the same as the original Long Slide Hunter pistol. It has Operator II panels made of G10 laminate from VZ Grips, a fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear sight. The barrel is 6″ long and considered match grade.

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  • it’s just Boris

    I just purchased one, and while I haven’t had time to take it to the range yet (last-minute travel for work can be a nuisance), I have a few observations.

    First, the finish is nice and uniform; this is a good-looking gun all around. Overall it feels good and well-balanced in the hand. However, I have noted a few issues.

    The rear slide cuts start too far forward (furthest one back is just under the rear sight dovetail; or the rear sight is mounted too far to the rear (blade extends over the rear of the slide), depending on how you look at it. The combined result, it’s hard to get a good grip on the rear racking serrations without pinching hard onto the rear sight. This is uncomfortable, and something that I’d thought would have been caught early on.

    Second, when manually racking and easing the slide forward, it will consistently catch about 1/4″ before locking into battery. This is something that might “break in” with use, but from searching the web sounds like a fairly common issue with the Davidson’s Special ORB finish longslide R1s. It does *not* seem to be an issue with the regular black finish, so who knows what the difference is? In any case, other owners who have reported failures to return to batery issues, have noted this hesitation, and found that both issues may be addressed with a “real” 24lb recoil spring, the perception being the one shipped with the gun is lighter than spec. I’ll try shooting it and see how it goes before replacing the spring.

    As I say, I haven’t shot it yet, but just out of the box there is one ergonomic and one potentially functional issue that I am not thrilled with.

    • Holdfast_II

      More importantly, how does the trigger feel?

      This R1 is a lot cheaper than a Bruin.

      • it’s just Boris

        To me, it feels like a decent 1911 trigger – aka outstanding compared to many other pistols. I’ve not handled a Bruin so I can’t give a comparison.

    • The rear sight overhang is a common issue when you combine a firing pin safety and a BoMar adjustable sight or its various clones. If you place the sight any further forward, you risk cutting into the hole drilled for the firing pin safety plunger. The only other alternative is to mount the sight higher on the slide.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        He didn’t say he wanted the site moved forward, but the rear cocking serrations moved rearward.

        • Here is the exact quote:

          “The rear slide cuts start too far forward (furthest one back is just
          under the rear sight dovetail; or the rear sight is mounted too far to
          the rear (blade extends over the rear of the slide), depending on how
          you look at it.”

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      “when manually racking and easing the slide forward, it will consistently catch about 1/4″ before locking into battery”

      Since you’re not ever really supposed to do that, that seems like a complete non-issue.

      • it’s just Boris

        When chambering a round, I agree.

        When working the mechanism to feel for catches, rough spots and such that can affect chambering a round, it’s a diagnostic procedure. In this case, it’s a symptom which other owners had noted that accompanies FTRTB issues, with a spring swap addressing both issues.

        Since mine has that hitch, it’s reasonable to take a spare recoil spring with me to the range when I get a chance. That can be the difference between a fun and a not-so-fun day.

        • Ebby123

          Try adjusting the overtravel screw in the face of the trigger.
          They usually leave it all the way out from the factory.

          • it’s just Boris

            My finger is off the trigger when working the action in this fashion. How would this be affected by adjusting the screw?

          • Ebby may be thinking of the hitch some feel when the disconnector drags on the the front of the breechface just as the slide begins moving forward.

          • Ebby123

            Oh no – it wouldn’t affect that – i just meant in general. Its an often overlooked feature that greatly improves the trigger pull.

            I’m guessing the barrel fit is tight from the factory. That will probably go away in a few rounds.

        • The lower lugs of the barrel may be crashing into the slide stop pin. Watch the lugs and pin for excessive wear after shooting.

          • it’s just Boris

            Good thought, thank you.

            I may have some dykem around to check directly

        • roguedragon11

          I purchased a 22lb spring and it cured the problem on my Rem R1. I shoot sig 180gr fmj’s and their 180gr v crown hollows.

  • Ratcraft

    As I pound my fists on my work bench and chant “Double stack, double stack, double stack” like some teenage brat out protesting.

    • At SHOT Show 2017, Travis Tomasie mentioned that double-stack R1 will be introduced soon.

      • Jared Vynn

        Is it going to be a Para frame rebranded basically‚Äč or did they design something new?

        • He wasn’t specific, but knowing Remington it will almost certainly be a rebranded Para-Ordnance frame. After all, the R1 LS Hunter is just a rebranded Para-Ord LS Hunter. The mismatch at the frame tangs boils down to the fact that they didn’t bother to remachine the frame tangs when they swapped out the thick Para-Ord grip safety for the thinner R1 Enhanced grip safety.

        • Kefefs

          When Remington closed down the Para plant they announced intentions to kill off the brand and “integrate” their products into the Remington R1 line. I don’t see why they’d come up with something new when they own Para’s designs.

    • Capn Stefano

      I’m elated with my EAA Witness Elite Match 10MM and am planning on a long slide Hunter model as well. Think of a larger Browing Hi Power/CZ pistol with a better grip and ergos than a 1911, with 14 shot magazines that run $25 and I believe are Mec Gar manufacture. Bet it’s a lot cheaper than this Remington, too, although that bronze finish is pretty nice

      • Capn Stefano

        One more thing: The Witness Elite has a true match trigger with adjustable stop. Only downside to this gun is no tritium sights off the shelf for it, but I’ll cook up some customs at some point here

        • Hard to beat the ergonomics on the CZ design. The first time I saw an enhanced ergonomics Sig I thought it was a new model of a CZ.

  • TheUnspoken

    “Those 10mm are too snappy, 9mm is just as good, the FBI says so!”

    Seriously though, sounds like an interesting gun, just funny how 10mm is the requested cool “new” cartridge for extra power in self defense, but also supposedly too hard to shoot. A gun like this should do fine balancing weight with the power.

    Ah, crazy internet.

    • billyoblivion

      We don’t live in a flat, binary universe. Context matters.

      For a general population that isn’t all that interested in guns, the 10mm is a bit of a handful. The cartridge is larger than 9mm, making the grip larger. There is more powder and a bigger bullet increasing recoil, etc..

      For a population of *shooters* who are interested in *shooting* it’s not “difficult” because we’re willing to work the problem and figure it out.

      Thus it is both true, in context, that the 10mm is hard to shoot, and not hard to shoot, depending on context and population.

      • retfed

        Yes, most cops and most Feds are not shooters. Recoil and grip size were serious issues.
        Also, the full-house 10mms beat up the metal-framed S&W 1006s the FBI was carrying. In addition, the FBI 10s had a proprietary trigger that caused problems (like locking the guns up so they wouldn’t fire and couldn’t be opened, making them odd-shaped paperweights with a live round inside).

        • Dougscamo

          Thus spawning the .40 S&W….

          • Ebby123

            Unfortunately the 40S&W doesn’t offer an appreciable advantage over 9mm with modern hollow points – too marginal to justify the increase in recoil, parts wear, and reduced capacity.

            This is part of the reason I think we’re seeing a resurgence in 10mm. If you’re looking for something bigger than 9mm in an autoloader, a 10% boost isn’t really worth it. Americans want to go BIG – hence our love affair with calibers like the 45AUTO.

            Full-House 10mm loads out of a 6IN barrel have 800 Ft-lbs of energy.
            Typical 40S&W loads out of a 4in barrel have around 400 Ft-Lbs of energy.
            Typical 9MM Luger loads out of a 4in barrel have 360 Ft-lbs of energy.

            *data pulled from ballisticsbytheinch[dot]com

        • FYI: The FBI did not issue full-power 10mm for their S&W 1076. The decision to adopt the mid-velocity 10mm load was made before they ever solicited a 10mm service pistol.

          The failure of the 1076 falls primarily upon their botched trigger and the extended amount of time it took for S&W to correct the issue.

          • retfed

            Thank you.
            I remembered your clarification on the trigger issue in an earlier “FBI pistol” thread, but I couldn’t remember all the details.

          • Ebby123

            Got any citation off the top of your head? I don’t doubt it at all, I’m just curious to read more.
            I had never heard about trigger issues with the 1076.

  • 7n6

    What’s the consensus on these 1911’s made from Korean parts?

    • Tom

      Korean parts ? Please explain..

  • Jason Lewis

    Get a Dan Wesson.