Update: We now have information on two new polymer-framed, striker-fired models, the RP45 and the RP9.
The RP9 is chambered for 9mm Luger and will have a standard capacity of 18+1. The RP45 will have a standard capacity of 15+1. The Firearm Blog got some range time in with these new pistols and their first impressions are very positive. They also have some early pricing info.
“As far as MSRP that remains to be finalized but it will be very close to the $500 mark putting the street price near $450 in my estimation,” writes TFB’s Phil White. “The bottom line is I think they made a good pistol that’s been well thought out, designed and tested. It should be rather popular especially with the price point I believe we’ll see.”
Remington announced a couple of big-bore pistols at this year’s National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers’ (NASGW) Expo and Annual Meeting. One is a polymer-framed, striker-fired double-stack pistol chambered for .45 ACP and the other is a longslide 1911 chambered for 10mm Auto.
The company doesn’t have a product page up with final specs but from the photos we can see that it’s a full-size service pistol. It has a generous beavertail for a high grip, interchangeable backstraps and lefty-friendly controls. It has dual slide catch levers and what may be a reversible magazine release.
The magazine baseplates extend a little beyond the end of the grip suggesting a decent magazine capacity. Most double-stack .45s have 10- to 14-round magazine capacities. The RP45 has a slightly extended slide and barrel that projects slightly ahead of the accessory rail.
Other contemporary features include forward slide serrations for press checks and other slide techniques and swept sights for a longer sight radius. The rear sight is cut with a ledge for one-handed slide manipulation. The slide and barrel have a black PVD finish.
According to Richard Johnson at Guns, Holsters and Gear the RP45 has been in development for several years. The pistol uses a single-action trigger with a passive trigger safety for a light trigger pull with a short reset. This is in-line with other next-gen service pistols — guns with good factory triggers for better accuracy and faster follow-up shots.
The sleek and modern RP45 is a big departure for Remington. The company has only produced a few different handguns over the years and today mostly focuses on 1911-pattern pistols. Remington recently brought back the retro-futuristic R51 in 9mm Luger — the company’s last attempt to expand with new designs — and it was a messy launch.
That doesn’t mean that the RP45 will follow suit. The service pistol market has exploded in recent years with great polymer-framed striker-fired handguns from big and small manufacturers around the world. The flood of new designs shows that when it comes to these pistols it’s possible to launch with real winners on the first try.
And the pressure is on Remington to clinch it with the RP45. Things should be a little easier with the R1 Hunter, the new longslide 10mm 1911.
Not surprisingly, the R1 10mm Hunter was built for handgun hunters. The long slide houses a 6-inch match-grade barrel and sports a fiber optic front sight and a fully-adjustable rear target sight. The single-stack frame is fit with machined VZ Grips grip panels.
The R1 10mm Hunter will also make a fine nightstand pistol. It comes with ambidextrous safety levers and a railed frame for a light or laser sight. It also has a skeletonized trigger with an adjustable overtravel stop making it a fine target pistol at the range, too.
While we don’t know what the RP45 will run Remington released pricing details on the R1 10mm Hunter. The suggested retail price is $1,310 which means street pricing should be much closer to $1,000 which is competitive.
With these guns it looks like Remington is working hard to become a bigger player in the handgun market. There’s no time like the present.