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canebrake 07-18-2010 03:21 AM

Remington 1911R1
Impressions on the Remington 1911R1

• Price
• Satin black finish
• Laser VS rollmark slide and frame markings
• Double diamond walnut checkered stocks
• Fit and finish
• Beveled mag well
• Sight system, highly visible three white dot dovetail system, front radiuses and wide notch rear fixed/set screwed sights
• No MIM parts
• Metal MSH
• GI guide rod/slide stop/thumb safety
• Checkered spring plug
• Lowered/flared ejection port
Cons; (Must fix)
• Thumb safety has a double step resulting in a “No Safe” condition on first step
• Unsecured shipping container
• Frame to MSH interface contour does not match resulting in sharp edges that cut into the palm. This requires wearing a shooting glove

• Cast frame, mold marks
• Short trigger
• Incongruous use of silver finish on barrel bushing and trigger (on an otherwise all black gun)
• Incongruous use of checkering on slide stop, mag release and spring plug VS serration on thumb safety, hammer, trigger and MSH
• Barrel bushing's square finish, should have a carry bevel
• Barrel is economy grade but shoots well
• Barrel muzzle has no target crown
• Cheap magazines, real junk. Light weight sheet metal, poor follower movement and they oil can. Their exterior dimensions do not fit the Uplula. First 1911 mag not to fit. I will be getting some Tripp’s!
Receipt inspection;
• I was incredibly disappointed when we first opened the Remington Green Case. Nice case, but it has a poor fit to securely hold the R1. This could be remedied by bagging the R1 in bubble pack or paper
• All items were unsecured and appeared to have been tossed around during shipping.
• The first thing I noticed was damage to the checkered stocks. IMHO, this issue could have been prevented by simply bubble wrapping the gun or even an inexpensive paper wrap.
• The owner's manual was damaged from rubbing against the gun. This manual contains the pistol's part/serial number and is a vital part of a collector's kit.
Overall impression;
• I like this gun. It well represents its entry level price point.
• Fit and finish is fitting for this product, maybe a step above. The slide to receiver fit is a tad loose but not an issue.
• I am proud to have this 1911 in my arsenal.
• I think of it as a Centennial issued no-bling shooter.
• It is a true “Made In The USA” firearm.
• There are no MIM parts.
• The jury is still out on a cast receiver. (Albeit, not a real issue)
• It’s a real shooter right out of the box!

I ran my new gun check-out then put the shoot-n-see targets up. The two orange spots were my outliers.

I ran another box of WWB 230gr ball and as you can see, she shoots real pretty!

Muzzle flip was very controllable, as you can see in this Mozambique Drill.

My remote HD crashed and I lost the photos I had of the gun. I will take more and post later.

Dillinger 07-18-2010 03:24 AM

G-Damn! That is great shooting, a great reliability report, one hell of a good purchase and an absolutely EPIC Range Report.

Thank you Cane for going to the ultimate detail and presenting the facts, regardless of the truth!!



doctherock 07-18-2010 03:54 AM

Nice shootin there. Cant wait to see the pic of the piece that did the damage to osama bin needinanasswhoopin.

NitroxAZ 07-18-2010 03:57 AM

Looks like a solid entry level 1911. Thanks for the report.

mesinge2 07-18-2010 12:34 PM

Great report, I have been wanting one of these since I heard about their release.

To have a Remington 1911 after 92 years of them not making the 1911 is something else.

Nice addition to the collection

crazycharlie2 07-18-2010 01:17 PM

PPP as in P*** Poor Packaging.
Getting a new firearm that rattled around in the shipping container is BS. I would take some photos and send them into Remington's Corp. Office with a letter saying you like the firearm, but you thought they ought to know about handling/shipping damage.
Other than that,a real nice write-up and excellent shooting.:cool:

stalkingbear 07-18-2010 01:23 PM

That is 1 of the most comprehensive range reports I have ever seen! Great range report & shooting.

Byrdguy 07-18-2010 01:26 PM

As the kid said in the Unforgiven, "Is he kilt, Will". Looks like you kilt him, Axe.

M14sRock 07-18-2010 05:51 PM

Thanks, Cane. Great report. I look forward to the pics of the pistol.

FWIW I prefer the short trigger, so that is one thing I could cross off your "cons" list. And a loose frame to slide fit doesn't bother me as long as it is not terrible and the pistol still shoots well.

Txhillbilly 07-20-2010 03:07 AM

Great report Cane.
I handled a 1911R1 that my dealer received last week. Needless to say,I was disappointed by what Remington turned out.
The finish was dull,and all the pics that I had seen in ads showed a nice high polished blued finish.The trigger was absolutely horrible,felt like atleast a 10-12lb trigger pull.The price was also quite a bit higher than we were first told both Wholesale/Retail.And like you said,the packaging could have been better from Remington.

I doubt that I will buy one of these pistols.

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