Remington Arms Introduces the R51
Remington sprung a surprise this year with the introduction of the new R51 compact 9mm semi-auto.
Designed for concealed carry, the R51 (SRP: $420) uses a fixed barrel based upon the original Pedersen action design that incorporates a separate breech block within the slide to allow for the use of high-pressure rounds such as the 9mm. This design places the recoil spring around the barrel instead of the more common spring-under-the-barrel designs. That, in turn, produces a lower bore axis to help reduce muzzle flip. The ejection port is lowered and flared for improved ejection of empty cases.
Built on a compact single-stack frame from high-strength aluminum alloy, it features a 3.4-inch 416 stainless barrel. The trigger mechanism is what Remington refers to as a “light, long, and crisp CCW trigger” that provides a lighter pull weight from a longer, consistent, double-action-only style pull. A grip safety is incorporated, eliminating the need for secondary safety levers on the frame.
The frame features interchangeable grip panels to allow the installation of larger grips for those with big hands. The trigger guard is undercut to allow a higher hand hold, and the front strap is checkered at 25 lpi. Ambidextrous magazine-release levers make it southpaw-friendly, and all edges have been smoothed and rounded for comfortable concealed carry.
Sights are fixed and dovetailed into the slide to allow drift adjustment for windage. The Remington R51 finish is black matte, and the empty weight is 20 ounces. Magazine capacity is seven rounds, and the gun ships with two flush-fit magazines.