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Old 05-27-2015, 04:17 AM   #1
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Default Long Lusting for a Remington 1911R1

For a few years I've been impressed with the Remington 1911R1 but just didn't need another 1911. Then Sunday in Sportsman's Warehouse I stumbled over the blue version for $475 and with a $75 mail-in rebate from Remington basically the same price as Armscor Philippine made models. That's an amazing price so the American made 1911R1 came home with me.

I can't say anything bad about the gun itself, it's very well made, tight and has a nice satin finish. The checkered grips look good and are comfortable. I like the A1 features like the short trigger, short grip safety and GI hammer. I prefer the A1 arched mainspring housing but for some reason Remington went with the flat MSH, maybe that's why they call it the R1. (Of course that's an easy replacement.) The 3-dot sights are great - easy to pick up and the gun shoots great. My only complaint is the magazines aren't very good. You do get two but they don't feed well. (Weird looking followers.) My CheckMate magazines worked fine, though.

It's interesting comparing it to my 1976 Colt which also is very well made but done the old way while the 1911R1 is a product of modern manufacturing. Can't complain though, the new gun works fine, just like the old Colt. And the price is right, I don't know how Remington does it (or Sportsman's Warehouse).

Well I'd better drop in some pictures!

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Old 05-27-2015, 04:23 AM   #2
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Now that's the kind of look that I go for, simple, clean, ready to go to work.
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Exactly the way I see it, Art! Nearly the same as the M1911 issued for 75+ years but with a few modern refinements like the 3-dot sights.

I should mention Remington's $75 rebate only lasts through the end of the month. Instead of the rebate you can get a choice of three Storm Lake 45ACP barrels.


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The R1 is a great pistol (first hand info) but the newest PARA's are even better. The consistently tight slide to frame fit may surprise you.The trigger pull is among the best $700 can buy, after trying them all. The PARA's weren't as good several years ago, but now of course Remington took over, and who knows if they will keep manufacturing to the same standards.
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I haven't looked at a Para in a while, good to hear they currently put out a quality 1911. Hopefully Remington (since now a 1911 maker themselves) will show an interest in Para and do right by them.

No doubt this still is a golden age for the 1911, over 100 years and it's more popular than ever which is why there's so much to choose from. It's hard to pick one that's clearly better for you!
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I discovered something interesting, the two Remington magazines that came with my R1 are rebadged Mec-Gars. I thought they looked familiar.

In the pictures below the Remington logo mag is on top or left. The other shiny one is a Mec-Gar.

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Colt vs. Remington!

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After having the R1 for a couple months I'm pleased with how it looks, feels and shoots. I love the way the standard R1 comes right out of the box, it's almost perfect. I like a basic 1911A1 (and don't suffer from hammer bite with my R1 so don't need a beavertail grip safety). At first it seemed strange but I now love Remington's unusual combination of the short A1 trigger and the pre-A1 flat mainspring housing (and even switched to a flat MSH in my 1976 Colt 1911A1 which came with the arched MSH and short trigger - took me 39 years to figure that out!) The WWI style double diamond walnut grips are a plus, they look and feel great - a solid grip but not too sharp. High visibility 3-dot sights, a "match" barrel, and a tight barrel bushing give you under 3" at 25 yards. With younger eyes I could do that with my old Colt Series '70 but now appreciate improved sights over small GI sights. And there's just something about classic Remington 1911s, they just feel better in my hands than other brands.

Sooo... I bought a Remington R1 Commander recently. (Classic, not the Carry Commander) It has all the features of the basic R1 but has a 4.25" barrel instead of the Government Model's 5". What a great gun! It's patterned after the Colt Combat Commander, a gun that I've wanted since it was introduced around 1970. The R1 Commander is just as good but is much cheaper, I got it for $523 and should get another $75 rebate from Remington (that offer has been extended until 7/31). Remington really has aggressive pricing on their plain jane R1s. A lot of gun for the money if you can get by with a classic 1911.

The R1 Government Model and R1 Commander are classics and both have been reliable when using good magazines.

I hear good things about the Remington Carry and Enhanced R1s but prefer the old classic look and feel, even after comparing the Carry Commander and classic Commander side by side. Maybe it's an old guy thing... Anyway, if you get hammer bite beavertails make sense and have a modern look, as do skeletonized hammers and triggers and slanted slide serrations, front and back. The extra dehorning of the deluxe models is great but the standard R1 already is pretty smooth, I just slightly rounded a couple points at the magwell, using a spent brass casing which dulled the points without leaving marks. The 3-dot sights are already dehorned.

I'll try to post some pics of the second R1 very soon.
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I'll be following this thread, just bought my wife a Sig 1911 (non traditional, external extractor etc) but it has made my piss poor shooting actually look decent. I'm now thinking of a backpack/truck/carry gun and a semi traditional commander might be what I "need".
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very nice Quentin. I prefer the Model 70, 'classic GI' look as well. Point and shoot.
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