Remington Releases New 1911 R1 Enhanced Commander

    Remington announced today the release of two additional new models to the company’s line of 1911s. These two 1911s are both Commander models with one having the black oxide finish with the other commander in stainless steel.

    Black oxide version

    Black oxide version

    Remington started out with the base model R1 which was followed by the Carry model and Enhanced version. For those not familiar with the Enhanced it comes with a Novak type adjustable rear sight and a fiber optic front sight. This model has vertical serrations to the front of the grip as well as vertical serrations to the front of the slide. I know many traditionalist prefer to have a clean slide without the forward slide serrations. Like them or hate them they do aid in checking the status of the pistol without having to use the old press check method which some consider a bit risky since the shooter’s thumb is inside the trigger guard. The barrel is match grade. Of course the ejection port is enlarged and lowered.


    From Remington:

    The R1 Enhanced Commander is another in a line of high quality 1911s designed to meet the needs of the features minded 1911 fan. With its Fiber Optic front sight, adjustable rear sight, and match grade barrel this gun is a perfect mix of accuracy and function.

    4.25” Match-Grade Barrel
    Oversized, Flared Ejection Port
    Wide Front & Rear Wide cocking serrations
    Carbon Steel Frame and Slide
    Red Fiber Optic Front Sight with Novak style Adjustable Rear Sight
    Extended Beavertail grip safety
    Adjustable skeletonized trigger
    Black Oxide Finish
    Dark laminate Grips
    Two 8-Round magazines
    Trigger pull ranges 3 1/2 pounds to 5 pounds

    Enlarged and lowered ejection port

    Enlarged and lowered ejection port

    MSRP in the black oxide finish is $903.00 while the stainless version runs $990.00. Obviously the street price will be closer to $750 in black oxide—$790 for the stainless.

    I normally carry the Remington R1 Carry Commander or full sized Enhanced model. The trigger pull is listed above in the specs. My experience has the trigger pull averaging right at 4 pounds. The low profile adjustable rear sight is a handy addition for me since I test a fair amount of various 45 acp loads. It’s a heck of alot easier to turn the screw with a small screwdriver rather than filing the front sight or changing the front sight to fit one load.

    Front slide serrations

    Front slide serrations with fiber optic sight

    In spite of the problems with the R51 Remington got it right with the 1911 lineup. I’ve never experienced any malfunctions with either of my Remington 1911s. Accuracy has been very good. Inline with the new policy these new 1911s are available now.


    Remington Website

    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: [email protected] you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.