Just Announced: The New Remington Custom Shop

Phil White
by Phil White

During my time at the Remington writers seminar in West Virginia we were introduced to new guns of course but the announcement that Remington would now offer custom gunsmith services really got my attention.

This new program is up and running and available to customize your Remington guns. There are a large variety of services available. The best way to get your Remington firearm customization started is to contact them directly and explain which gun you have and what features you would like to have added. The custom shop website link

Remington couldn’t have picked a better person to run the custom shop. Carlos Martinez is now in charge of custom and premium firearms. I’ve known Carlos for several years and he’s not only a great person but a person dedicated to turning out a quality product. Carlos previous job with Remington was running the R1 1911 project for the four years it took to bring the design and quality up to his high standards. He certainly did a great job on the Remington 1911’s so what better person to head the custom shop.

To begin with the Remington crew brought several samples of customized Remington 1911s. They looked very nice indeed as well as well executed. My personal favorite is in the photo below which started out life as a standard R1. This Commander sized pistol has a fitted beavertail, magwell, undercut trigger guard with custom treatment to the front of the frame. The slide release was also ground flat on the right side with the frame hole opened up a bit. The internals are hand fitted and smoothed. The barrel and slide are also hand fitted to the slide and frame. The barrel bushing is fitted to the barrel with an 11 degree crown. A medium flat trigger was also fitted. As you can see in the photos it also has ambidextrous thumb safeties. The top of the slide was also milled flat with a unique design milled into the cut. G-10 grips with a Remington custom R1 logo on them. Carlos advised me the average cost to customize your Remington 1911 will be right at $500 which is very reasonable. Custom engraving is also available.

Note the front strap customization and magwell.

The finish on this particular pistol is Cerakote with black slide and battleship gray frame. My R1 Carry Commander size has been used a lot and needs a new finish. A lot of rounds and holster presentations will do that. I’ll be sending mine into the custom shop shortly. I intend to take before and after photos and write a review of the work done as well as function of the pistol. I’ll be using my stock sights but in general it will look a great deal like the one above. I intend to use a slightly lighter color of gray on the frame.

The following photos show several of the sample custom pistols that were brought out. The work done on these was very good and shot extremely well.

Digital camo with round butt
Unique frame cuts

I have additional photos so if there is an angle you would like to see I’ll try to accommodate your request in the comments.

Phil White
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 retired as associate editor since December 14th 2017. My replacement is my friend Pete M email: pete.m@staff.thefirearmblog.com you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.

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  • Underoverlay Underoverlay on Oct 22, 2015

    Does this mean we can send them a sweatshop Remlin & get back a properly-assembled Marlin rifle?

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    • @underoverlay It's ok I just wasn't sure what you were asking me:-) If it's any help I shot several Marlins last week and they looked and functioned like they should. I especially enjoyed the 45-70. It's picture is down below.

  • Edeco Edeco on Oct 22, 2015

    Oh Remington, dear heavens, why this before rendering forth the RM380? It looks bad, like the company keeps biting off more'n it can chew.

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    • Edeco Edeco on Oct 23, 2015

      @Phil W "Associate Editor TFB" OK, thanks for pointing that out. Maybe this week is the week or whatever. But they've been blowing smoke about shipping and production for months without the product manifesting itself in cases or on websites for sale to end users.

      I mean, I used to be manufacturing, so a company saying "shipping" or "producing" is just noise to me. They want us to think they're doing something, but with no measurable results. Pfft. Rawr, mediocre!