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Old 03-10-2014, 08:26 PM   #1
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My wife pick up her r51 today. I have fired a few mags thru at home and its going to make for a nice pistol. Its advertised as 6.5 inch long but if you line up the grip of a cw9 with it there the same to the front of the barrel. The extra length is at the rear of the slide. Recoil is soft , more like a 1911-9MM . I used some 124gr +P ammo to test it. Took it part to learn about it and fount it had been clean and the floating bolt was well lubed the rails not so much . Its well lubed now. I also found it close enough to a cw9 kahr in size it fits my other holster I have well enough for now. Need to get it to the range for a work out but plased right now.

Price was $357.28 LGS

Photo is my cw9 with the r51

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Old 03-12-2014, 02:32 AM   #2
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Nice. I'm afraid if I see this gun in person I will be forced to buy one, lol. And the wife won't like that as she thinks I spend too much on firearms/accessories as it is. How does it compare in weight and feel to the cw9?


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The R51 ia about 2 1/2oz heavier and a 1/2" longer but the extra 1/2" is at the rear of the slide as the length from the front of the grip to the tip of the barrel is the same. Grip is also so a little longer with the slide area shorter so you have an easier grip get contol with and a over all leght practical the same. Thickness ir the same and the R51 works ok in the kahr holsters I have.

I did fire another 200 rounds thru it yesterday with zero issues . Broke it down cleaned it up to look for any wear , lubed and re assembled. Looks like it did when cleaned it the first time. Still need to fire another 300 rounds before I decide if its good enough for my wife to carry if she still likes it.

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Thank you for the report. I am not into new guns but I might buy one of these.

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Thanks for the post. This brings back memories of my dad who carried a Model 51 as a backup to his M&P revolver. I look forward to checking our the new R51 - havn't seen one here in Central Virginia.

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Look how much lower the bore axis is in comparison to the khar. That was one of several selling points for me. Muzzle flip sucks.

Still haven't even shot mine yet. On my sixth double shift in a row, working from 0600-2200, working a regular shift tomorrow after church, and more doubles on Monday and Tuesday. Hopefully I'll be able to hit the range Wednesday.

So the reports of it being a pain to shoot aren't exactly something to take as gospel? I've been slightly concerned about that, but it fits my hands very well.

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I have to think nicks ttag review has to be one of the worse on any pistol. I find it an easy pistol to bang away with. Yesterday was a lazy shooting section. We had two other shooters there and we took turn at our line while the others reloaded so barrel hardly got warm. 300 round rounds in 2 1/2hrs . Two days before I gave the pistol me and my maglula loader a good workout with 200 rounds in 30 minutes and no red hand . I even stopped and picked up some of those nitrile coated gloves to help hold on if needed and never pulled them on.

trip hope you get some quality down time soon. That's to many hours .

varetfed hang in there come to a gun shop near you. Better as to call you when one comes in or maybe sold before you get a chance to see one. Our gun shop side if he had 50 of them he could have sold them all. No bad for a small rural general store/gun shop.

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Is this nik guy you refer to, the turd who kept comparing the gun to his wilson 1911? If so, I think I have pretty much the same impression of him that you do. Douche.

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Thanks for the report. I still haven't seen one. The LGS that I prefer in Texas hasn't even been able to get any in yet. Not entirely surprised about that.

But I look forward to finding one.

The more reasonable half, meaning my wife, wants me to wait awhile until all the kinks are worked out. She's reasonable and I'm inpatient. We'll see who wins.

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so far i have seen some pretty positive comments about the R51. i think i may have to start looking into one myself. i like the looks of it and might just hold out to see if they do end up offering one in 40. so far, i am impressed with what i have seen and heard about the pistol.

thanks for the additional input on the pistol guys. much appreciated.

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