Remington New R1 9mm 1911 Longslide
One of the oldest names in US arms making has decided to take one of the most traditional designs in that arena and change it around. Ladies and Gentlemen, Remington is going to make the 1911 in 9mm.
Did you say a 9mm 1911?
(The Star 9mm can be credited with starting this trend more than eighty years ago)
Yes campers, this curious series of guns have actually been around for generations. Going back to the 1930s, the Spanish firm of Star Bonifacio Echeverria produced their classic Modelo B 9mm pistol, based on the Colt 1911 but with a slightly different trigger. Since then Colt made their own 9mm 1911 in both their 70 Series and New Agent. Dan Wesson pulled off a copy. Rock Island makes their excellent Tactical series of 9mm guns in the Philippines for as low as $499. Heck, even Springfield Armory recently announced they were coming out with a new 1911 in (here it comes) 9-milly. After all, the often-derided 9x19mm Parabellum is seen by many as the new black.
(Today the Rock Island Tactical 9mm is a great bargain option to those who would shoot a 9mm 1911 frame pistol)
The choice of the round in Mr. Browning's longslide design seems to go hand in hand. After all the 1911 was nothing more than an improvement of his Colt Model 1902 pistol stretched from .38 ACP (which was 9-23mm) to the US Army's mandated .45ACP caliber for the government's pistol trials. Using 9mm in the 1911 frame gives lighter felt recoil, which in turn allows for better accuracy, while using a capable yet more economical round than the .45ACP. With that being said, the only thing we can really ask Remington about their new R1 chambering in 9milly is, what took so long?
The New R1
You may not know this but most of the Model 1911's made for the US military in World War 2 were made by Remington Rand in their Syracuse NY plant and not by Colt. R-Rand was a decedent of Remington Arms that made typewriters and was eventually bought by Sperry after WWII. Capitalizing on that old legacy, Remington Arms introduced their R1 series of classic 1911-style .45ACP pistols in 2010, just in time for the 100th anniversary of the design. In the past two years, they have expanded the line up on these guns to include the standard R1, the R1 Carry, the Carry Commander, and the Centennial, Stainless, and Enhanced models. All have been in .45ACP until now.
Their newest offering in that line is being introduced as a variant of their R1 Enhanced series. This takes the old school 1911 and goes full on Kimber/Springfield with it. Instead of the classic double-diamond, wood grips it has dark tactical style laminate ones with a trigger finger cut away. Front and rear cocking serrations, skeletonized hammers, adjustable rear and fiber-optic sights and the benefit of having 9 rather than 7-shot mags make this 9mm longslide a contender. The more complete list of specs is as follows:
- 9mm NATO caliber
- 5" Match-Grade fully supported ramped barrel and bushing
- Oversized, flared ejection port
- Wide cocking serrations on both front and rear slide
- Carbon steel frame and slide
- Red fiber optic front sight, Novak-style adjustable rear
- Extended beavertail grip safety
- Rounded skeletonized hammer
- Anodized aluminum adjustable skeletonized match trigger
- Black Oxide finish
- Custom Dark laminate grips with thumb groove and ambi cut
- Flat Checkered Mainspring Housing (20LPI)
- Loaded chamber indicator (hey, that's California compliance right there!)
- Two 9-round magazines
While it's so new that it's not even on Remington's R1 website as we go to post this, online retailers are already listing it. For example, Grab a Gun has the new 9mm R1 up on their site for a price of $872. At that price, the new gun could prove popular, placing in right in the middle price-wise between the slightly lesser quality RIA 9mm Tactical guns and the more expensive Springfield Range Officer in the same caliber.
Stay tuned to this channel for more information as we get it.