Remington R51 Field Strip

    The Remington R51 is a re-re-release of the Model 51 designed by John Pedersen that we have reviewed int he past to less than terrific results, but the hesitation locked mechanism at least makes for an interesting field strip. In this installment of TFBTV we take the little guy apart and try to show any wear on the gun’s internal components.

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    Transcript ….

    – [Alex] Hey, guys, it’s Alex C. with TFB TV and for today we’re going to be field stripping my Remington R51 pistol.

    I have done a full review on this where I shot 500 rounds through it in one day and, yeah, it didn’t go so well.

    It actually had a lot of malfunctions.

    We discovered it wouldn’t take steel.

    It really only likes defensive ammo and it really wasn’t the most fun review I’ve ever done for TFB, but thanks to Ventura Munitions for helping us out with the cost of ammo on that one.

    That makes shooting 500 rounds with relative frequency somewhat feasible.

    And the R51, you know, there’s so many things I like about it.

    It feels great, it’s actually pretty ergonomic for a smallish gun, I just wish that it was a bit more reliable But anyways, on with the field strip.

    You can see this relief cut here in front of the slide catch notch.

    So pull it back and then pull out the slide catch like you would on a 1911 pistol.

    Now you notice there’s some serrations on the front of the barrel, that’s to help with the disassembly process.

    You’re going to want to kind of hold the slide to the rear, but maintain a grip on those serrations.

    It’s very much like an original Model 51 in this regard, but it is kind of a pain when you first start doing this, but you do get used to it with some time.

    Now once you have that gripped, you can go ahead and slide the whole slide right off the top.

    Now at this point the frame is done and let’s go ahead and take a look at the surface that the breech block contacts.

    These being hesitation locked guns is actually quite interesting.

    I know the original Model 51s had a problem with this area getting really torn up and really chewed up, but after 500ish rounds, this one actually looks okay, just the finish is coming off, which is to be expected.

    Now you notice two relief cuts on the slide to rest the recoil spring cup in.

    This will allow you rest the barrel assembly and drop out the breech block.

    A lot of people have asked to see what this looks like so far.

    There’s a little bit of deformation, or rather, kind of galling here where it contacts the slide, but nothing to get too upset about at this point.

    I did do a really good closeup that I posted on The Firearm Blog and there is a burr forming on one of the sides.

    I’ll keep you guys posted if that changes.

    At this point, you can pull the barrel up and out from the back and remove the recoil spring and the cup, kind of push it down and then pull it up and out.

    Now there you go.

    Kind of an unconventional field strip.

    Not a whole lot like many other guns out there, aside from the original Model 51s of course, but a little bit different than something most people are used to.

    Since it’s not a short recoil operated tilting barrel gun, a lot of people are almost put off by it.

    If you’re going to be put off by this gun, make the performance that our review and other reviews have shown this gun to have or lack, however I can best put that, but you know, I really wish these worked.

    They feel great, they’re cool guns, they function like the original Model 51s, they just did not manage to capture the magic of the original Model 51s, so anyways, I hope to see you guys next time and special thank you for watching.

    Alex C.

    Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.