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Friday, July 25, 2014

The R51 Shall Arise Again

Last week, I spoke over the phone with Jessica Kallam of Remington PR. We talked about the past and future of the R51, and Remington today released a statement confirming what we talked about.

July 25, 2014
Remington R51 Pistol Product Update

Earlier this year, we launched the innovative R51 subcompact pistol to critical acclaim. During testing, numerous experts found the pistol to function flawlessly. In fact, they found it to have lower felt recoil, lower muzzle rise and better accuracy and concealability than other products in its class.

However, after initial commercial sales, our loyal customers notified us that some R51 pistols had performance issues. We immediately ceased production to re-test the product. While we determined the pistols were safe, certain units did not meet Remington’s performance criteria. The performance problems resulted from complications during our transition from prototype to mass production. These problems have been identified and solutions are being implemented, with an expected production restart in October.

Anyone who purchased an R51 may return it and receive a new R51 pistol, along with two additional magazines and a custom Pelican case, by calling Remington at (800) 243-9700.
The new R51 will be of the same exceptional quality as our test pistols, which performed flawlessly.
We appreciate your patience and support.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I am excited for October. I played with several R51s at the NRA show in Indianapolis and spent some time talking to one of their representatives on the floor. Quite simply I am glad to see that this design has not been memory-holed. It's fun, it's different, and by several early accounts, it's quite pleasant to shoot. I'm still looking to get paws on one to review in October.

My understanding of Remington's attitude towards their products is high expectations. As stated in the release, the pistols were safe, but not up to snuff. Similarly, the massive recall of 700s earlier this year was not in response to any single incident where there was an accident, merely that there was a discovery of the potential for an accident.

I still think Remington is a good company. I still think the R51 is a solid concept. I look forward to seeing how this all shakes out.


  1. A good friend of mine purchased one, shot it once, then tore it down to little pieces and did a full write-up on it.
    It took a lot of work to get that gun 100% reliable.
    While I'm very glad that they're not going to can the model, I think they need to be a bit more honest with us. The issues with that gun were overwhelmingly obvious; they took a bunch of shortcuts and told their QC department to go home.

  2. Um, Bullshit regarding being safe. Quite drinking the Kool-Aid. The gun is a train wreck and no company with "high expectations" could have ever let a such a flood of messed up product out the door. I wonder if "Jessica" also wrote the PR release, err the update that they released. The one with over 60 of the total 170 words, presumably written to communicate with the owners without functional guns for months now, and instead was sales fluff piece that mentioned "flawless" twice within. The R51 is FAR from flawless. I own two.


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