The Remington R51 is back!
Remington has begun to send out notices to the initial purchasers of the 9mm Luger subcompact pistol to inform them that the problems with the gun, which led to its recall not long after it was released at SHOT Show 2014, have been fixed, according to a letter obtained by The Firearm Blog.
“We sincerely thank you for your patience as we finalized the development and testing of the Remington R51 pistol,” states the letter.
“The steps taken within our quality and manufacturing processes have given us the confidence to reintroduce the R51 to the market,” in continues. “We have prioritized our launch to give you the opportunity to receive your replacement firearm prior to a full commercial reintroduction.”
Based on the design of the original 1917 Remington Model 51, the all-metal pistol featuring an aluminum alloy frame, stainless steel barrel and slide was promising to be a standout in a market dominated by polymer pistols. The R51 was said to have a crisp trigger, reliable action and a low bore to reduce felt recoil.
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Weight: 22 ounces
- Length: 6.6 inches
- Barrel length: 3.4 inches
- Width: 1.0 inches
- Height 4.6 inches
- Capacity: 7+1
However, it didn’t take long for complaints about the R51 to roll in. Users cited various issues with the gun, spurring the recall. Remington quickly determined that these “performance problems resulted from complications during our transition from prototype to mass production.”
Well, more than two years after its shaky launch, the R51 is ready for market. Instead of making it widely available immediately, Remington is doing good by those first buyers and offering them the new pistol along with a custom Pelican hard pistol case and two extra magazines.
Additionally, Remington has offered to pay for patient customers’ FFL transfer fees.
If you were one of the initial purchasers of the R51, to get your new gun, call Remington at 800-243-9700 (Monday through Friday, 9a.m. to 5p.m. Eastern Standard Time) with your dealer’s name and phone number. You can also send in your info (your name, contact information, dealer name, and dealer contact information) by fax to 336-548-7801 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to P.O Box 700, Madison NC 27025.
Our video of the R51 from the 2014 SHOT Show