Remington 1911 R1 Ultralight Commander

Remington Ultralight Commander

Remington Arms Company announced another 1911 style handgun. This one is called the Model 1911 R1 Ultralight Commander.

According to the company, the gun has an aluminum frame which works out to a 20% weight reduction when compared to a steel framed version of the gun. The company states in its press release that the frame weighs 7.5 ounces. However, on its sales sheet it shows the aluminum frame is “7.5 ounces lighter than a standard steel frame.”

If I recall correctly, an aluminum commander frame typically weighs around 25-27 ounces. I would expect that the sales sheet, not the press release, would be the accurate statement. If I’m off base, please let me know in the comments section below.

Regardless of its weight, the frame has a hard coat anodized finish. The slide has a PVD finish – something that appears to be becoming more common.

As you might expect, the barrel is 4.25″ long. The company uses a fiber optic front sight and a drift adjustable rear. The trigger is adjustable, and the gun has a skeletonized hammer. An extended beavertail is also standard.

The gun will only be available chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. There is no immediate indication if the company will later introduce any other calibers in this model. The suggested retail price on the gun is $849.

Phil Note” The weight is 30 oz.

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  • Paul Epstein

    Out of curiosity, who buys stuff like this? And is it envisioned for a practical purpose, or is it strictly a range gun? Because while I’m generally a fan of the 1911 on the range, a 25% weight reduction makes it just that little bit less pleasant to put a whole box through, without making it particularly appropriate for carrying all day, 30 oz. is the same as a full size .45 Glock.

    • Jeff Smith

      Someone who is dead-set on carrying a 191, but doesn’t want ALL the weight.

      Everyone has their preferences, I guess.

    • Leroy Jenkins

      All of my 1911 are lightweight and I prefer commander size. Personally I find that to be the best combination for me.

      I have arthritis in my shooting hand and the lightweights don’t beat up your hand much if you keep a good grip.

      • Paul Epstein

        Cool, thanks for answering. They keep offering them so I figured they had a target market but I wasn’t sure who that was.

    • Flounder

      It is just to fit someone’s tastes. It is way cooler than a glock. While also being objectively worse in everyway. price, capacity, function, potential problems, potential lack of QC, and… I am sure i am forgetting something.

      But it IS something no one else is gonna have.

  • Bill Clayton

    A little over priced like most 1911 buy a Taurus 1/3 the cost and just as good.