Buy a New Remington RP9 – Get a Case of Rem 9mm Ammo Free

Inverse rebate includes a case of 9mm

If any of you remember my initial RP9 review, I was a little bit critical of the platform. Well, I am not too proud to say when I was wrong, and this time, I was wrong. Over the years, I have garnered a new found appreciation for the RP9 and the legacy of Remington handguns it represents. So this week when I found out about the promotion “Buy an RP9, get a case of Remington Brand 9mm”, I was glad to be able to set the record straight.

Top comment from the original review

Despite what I said about its shortcomings, does the RP9 have some inherent advantages? I say yes. A number of them actually. Like many things in this world, it’s all in how you look at it. Some say the glass is half empty. Some say it is half full. Some say let’s call in an airstrike just to be sure. And I’m one of those.

Number 1, what is one of the most overlooked pieces of training? Malfunction drills. We all know they are likely to happen at the least opportune moment, and we all know we should practice them more. If you carry a Glock or an M&P or an H&K, you have to basically make up a malfunction with dummy rounds or expended brass. Not so for the RP9 owners. They have everything they need right out of the box. I guarantee you an RP9 owner is a master of clearing jams. And if that jam strikes in the middle of a two-way live-fire range? Well, that practice is going to pay off. He has the rest of his life to get it cleared and back into action.

Number 2, the RP9 simulates carrying a bigger caliber. How many of you carry a 40 or 45, but train with a 9mm because the ammo is cheaper? I’ve been guilty of this in the past myself. All well and good, except that normally a 9mm has much less felt recoil. Not so with the RP9. That oversized slide has so much reciprocating mass, it feels like a 40 S&W. Advantage RP9! Who else in the firearms world can make such a claim?

Number 3, the razor-sharp shark’s tooth on the magazine. When I first got my RP9, I was dismayed that one of the magazines actually had a razor-sharp tooth-like projection right at the top. But I guess being a relative cherry to firearms actually got the better of me here. I thought being a retired Green Beret/Recon Marine/3 Gun Shooter/Contract DOD CQB instructor meant I knew some stuff. I was wrong. It turns out that sharp spot has a purpose. Any Close Quarters Battle Veteran will tell you, shooting people can get messy at that range. And blood is slippery. Which legend has it was actually one of the considerations in the design of the venerable H&KP7 for the German GSG 9. Well, in this case, Remington did them one better. With the RP9 training mag, you will have blood all over your gun every time you go to the range. What better way to train for that possible contingency than creating it for free in a training environment? Point RP9!

Those are some pretty solid answers, but did you know the RP9 has also had an effect on the firearms world at large? I mocked the fact that Remington had achieved a “flush fit” capacity of 18 by extending the grip a quarter inch past competitors, but I was once again off. Glock has taken the ball and run with it, allegedly. I hear that in order to catch up to Remington’s market dominance in handguns, Glock has developed an all new variant that will flush fit the Glock factory 33 round mags. Called the 19T ( for Tall, much akin to the 17L Long Slide), the new gun will be released at NRA show this year.

Very Secret prototype 19T from Glock. Note optional magwell

Now all that said, some people are still just not happy with the reliability of the original RP9. Despite the fact that using an unreliable gun forces you to become a tactics master, some of you whiners want to short cut the RP9’s built in training and just have a reliable gun. While I usually don’t indulge cowards in this column, I do have a solution. After years of trial and error, I did come up with some fixes for the RP9 to make it better. A lot better. And the best part is, you can do it at home with just a few simple tools.

Tools of the trade

Tools needed:

Painters Tape

Sharpie

TIG welder

Drill press

Jack stand ( x1)

Deadblow hammer

Skil Saw

JB Weld

The first thing you are going to do is take the blue painters tape ( important so as not to mar the finish) and carefully place a segment on the “9” slide mark of the RP9. Neatness matters here, so get it exact. Then, use the marker to trace the roll stamp from Remington EXACTLY. Next, peel that tape off and go stick it on a gun that isn’t a piece of trash. Finally, have a beer knowing that you have a gun that works now.

Custom XDM-10 Remington RP9

The donor parts can come from SIG, Glock, Springfield Armory, it really doesn’t matter. For just 500 to 600 dollars, you have now made your RP9 a very reliable and potent weapon.

SIG P320 Remington RP9

Now about that rebate. Its really pretty simple. All you need to do is buy an RP9, fill out the enclosed rebate form, and send it in along with proof of purchase and a check for $1000. As soon as Palmetto State Armory gets the Remington Ammunition plant running again, they will send a case* right over.

The RP9 had some teething pains, but I am happy to admit I was wrong. With these new upgrades, it is a gun I can highly recommend.

*case now means 200 rounds, welcome to 2021.

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

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  • John April 7, 2021, 5:30 pm

    The RP9 made me wonder if gun companies ever preview how a firearm looks to see customer reaction. This is without a doubt one of the ugliest handguns I have ever seen. Hi-Point could give them pointers on gun cosmetics.

  • Tom April 5, 2021, 4:41 pm

    That was a pretty good April Fool’s chuckle, right along with all the other. Only one little problem. You published this along with all the others on April 4th. At least that’s when I got the email.

    Tom

  • The big Buddha April 5, 2021, 11:47 am

    I have found another use for this marvel of engineering
    Tie a rope to the round hole thingy and drop it off the front of your bass boat it makes a great anchor and it scares the fish so they jump in the boat

  • Martin D. Ray April 5, 2021, 11:43 am

    I have never had a problem with my RP9. I found it to be a reliable weapon, but want to I know I like whiplash,pinkeye and Diarrhea…😎

  • Blue Dog (he/him) April 5, 2021, 11:37 am

    Thank you for an informative and unbiased article! I do have to wonder if the painters tape with the RP9 lettering cause the donor parts to have unforeseen problems? Almost like transferring a curse?

  • Jake April 5, 2021, 11:04 am

    I have one. It will probably be ridiculously valuable as a rare collectible down the road similar to super ugly long barreled S&W j frames with low numbers made.
    I have run a couple of hundred rounds through it, when 9mm NATO Winchester was still $169/1,000. No jams or issues with functioning. The imitation Novak type sights are excellent. I can clean a rack of plates with ease. It can even nail fragments of clay birds past 25 yards. I haven’t cut myself loading it using the “Lula.” I have cut the heck out of myself on the Canik TP9SFx.
    The trigger is odd. I describe it as being like an AK trigger. Once you get used to it there is no problem.
    I do criticize the slide release on the right side. It is just a decoration because I have never been able to drop the slide with it because it doesn’t move. Remington is not alone in this category as you likely know. Ambi stuff must anger a lot of left handers since so much of it doesn’t work well in my experience. The worst part is disassembly. This thing is nearly impossible to take apart. I don’t mean detail strip, I mean just get the slide off.
    To summarize my experience, it is reliable and accurate. Everything else could be better. There are a lot of reliable and accurate pistols that can be disassembled with working ambi controls.
    I will wait a few years and Rock Island Auction will have it as the “Rare” RP9. If there are any speculators out there I will trade it right now for an HK Sport Group III in .45 acp.

  • ATGR April 5, 2021, 10:35 am

    Wow! I had no idea the parts from my RP9 were interchangeable with other makes! Oddly enough, when I bought mine the promotion was just the opposite. If you bought a case of ammo, they threw in a free RP9. I tried to tell them I didn’t want the RP9, but they wouldn’t let me have the ammo, unless I took the pistol. Man, I’m glad I did now!

  • Kane April 5, 2021, 10:16 am

    Blood is also highly corrosive and should be cleaned off any metal ASAP.

  • "Doc" Graham April 5, 2021, 10:00 am

    One word: “AWESOME.” Awesome re-review!

  • Tenbones April 5, 2021, 9:47 am

    LOL! I got a chuckle out of that. The free case of ammo offer was also a hoot. Back in 2020, I submitted a rebate offer from one of the bullet manufactures, H_ _ _ _ _ y, two free boxes of ammo with the purchase of one of their small gun safes. I am still waiting for them to ship my ammo, imagine what the wait would be from Remington.

  • CW3 April 5, 2021, 8:56 am

    I’m sure Remington, like many older companies, has shifted away from making their profits by making good products, to marketing “perceived worth” to their investors. Since the late ’70s, CEO’s seem to be more interested in short term profits and their golden parachutes, than making good products, or having company stability and true profitability.

    About their actual product;
    You can buy better, but you can’t pay more…

  • Griffendad April 5, 2021, 8:20 am

    Sales 101, give away the razor, sell the blades.

  • JOHN MCNAMARA April 5, 2021, 8:00 am

    Clay: Normally I devour every word you publish and get others to read your posts. This one, not so. What you say may be true, but to malign a manufacturer in such a manner is beneath you and I sure will not support such. I keep thinking: Did he really do this???

    • Cory April 5, 2021, 1:49 pm

      I think you should develop a sense of humor.
      It’s going to be helpful for the next couple of years.
      Remington has done a lot of poor manufacturing and advertising hype to deserve this ridicule.

      “I sure will not support such”
      Unless you a signing checks for Mr. Martin, I doubt he’s going to care.

  • Anthony Romano April 5, 2021, 7:13 am

    Delete previous comment please

  • Anthony Romano April 5, 2021, 7:11 am

    So $1000.00 for a case if 9mm? If I’m figuring right that’s a buck a round! I can get it less than that! Misleading headline also.

  • Charles Baker April 5, 2021, 7:07 am

    The free case of ammo, even if only 200 rounds. HMMMM, that still might be worth it to buy. I bet the RP9 would make a easy to grip paper weight!!

  • BCS April 5, 2021, 5:59 am

    Wow, that sounds great. I’ll take two of them.

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