The Remington R51 pistol, a handgun that had what you might call an aborted release in 2014, is back, and Big Green says it has worked out all the kinks.
The Enhanced R51 is a concealed carry pistol that’s still based on the unique John Pederson design, but Remington says the gun has been re-engineered from the ground up and “extensively tested to deliver utmost reliability, the perfected R51 gets you on target faster and more intuitively than any other subcompact on the market.”
“Add to that its dramatically reduced felt recoil and muzzle flip, and it’s exactly what you need to perform at your best when things are at their worst.”
The R51 is designated as a sub-compact and features a lightweight aluminum frame and rounded edges with concealed carry in mind, a grip safety, low bore axis for reduced recoil/muzzle flip, a “concealed carry trigger,” which means “light/crisp/single action,” and a light slide racking-force to make chambering a round easy for even those with small or weaker hands. It also features an ambidextrous magazine release, locking drift adjustable sights, and optimized grip angle to make it easier to point and shoot, according to this post on outdoorwire.com.
The new features include updated internals for superior slide performance, a precision engineered extractor, locking-free sights, fine-tuned recoil spring, hard-chromed barrel bushing, top-end single action trigger, and two semi-flush 7 + 1 round magazines.
Right now, it’s only available chambered in 9mm. When the previous R51 was also introduced in 9mm, it was promised that several additional calibers were on the way, so that might be next for the R51.
One of the touted advantages of the original R51’s design was that it could handle high-pressure loads, so technically, the Enhanced R51 is chambered in 9mm +P.
The layout of the Remington R51 is similar to the Walther PPK in that the barrel is stationary and the recoil spring surrounds it. What makes it unique is that the locking breech block within the slide utilizes a “hesitation-locked” action developed by Pedersen. Because the action halts cartridge extraction momentarily, the R51 can use higher pressure cartridges than a straight blowback firearm without a heavy slide.
The R51 has an internal hammer, allowing it to have a single-action trigger, as opposed to a striker-fired pistol, which typically have trigger pulls somewhere between single and double-action.
The Model R51CT comes with a Crimson Trace laser sight installed.
After it was introduced, a press release in July 2014 announced that production of the R51 had been suspended due to “performance problems” that resulted from “complications during our transition from prototype to mass production.”
Last month, Remington said it was ready to ship new pistols to those who had returned their original R51s for repair.
Caliber: 9mm +P
Barrel Length: 3.4″ stainless steel
Twist Rate: 1:16
Overall Length: 6.68″
Frame Material: Aluminum
Trigger Pull: 5.5 – 7 lbs. adjustable
Mag Capacity: 7+1
Weight: 22.6 ounces
MSRP: $448 / R51CT with Crimson Trace laser sight: $648