We’re taking a very close look at the new Remington 1911 R1 Carry handgun today. It is quite a piece of workmanship.
Remington’s Track Record
Over the past several years, the Remington group, or the group that owns Remington, haven’t had a very good track record with new firearms. As a matter of fact, it has been one failure after another, in my humble opinion. We had the Remington REM380, and it had a lot of problems. Then, there was the R51, and I’m not totally convinced they have worked out all the bugs in this one just yet. And Remington took over manufacturing Bushmaster AR-15 style rifles. I had an early Remington “Bushmaster”, and it wouldn’t group at 25 yards; it patterned like a shotgun, no matter what ammo was used. Then the grand ol’ 1911, that was one Remington used to make during WW2. The early, new model guns were a failure. They would shoot loose inside of a couple hundred rounds. I kid you not.
Still, Remington is our oldest gun maker, and I’m not giving up on them just yet. I understand some of the newer guns had some bugs that kept them from working 100% of the time. However, the 1911s they were making and that were shooting loose inside of a few hundred rounds are not a good thing, if you ask me. Truth be told, I’ve read a number of reports lately that stated that Remington might be on the ropes financially and could close their doors. I sure hope not.
Remington Bought Out Para USA
Some years ago, Remington, or the group that owns Remington, bought out Para USA. They were making some outstanding 1911s for many years, long before they moved from Canada to the USA. They had a few problems starting up again, when they moved to the USA, but got it figured out. Then out of the clear blue, Remington bought out Para USA. Lots of rumors were flying around, and no one could get an answer. Remington moved part of the Para operation down to Alabama. Still no Para 1911s were being made for some reason. I understand that some of the Para employees made the move to Remington. Others stayed behind. Why?
Years passed, with no new Para 1911s being made by Remington. What was the point of purchasing a gun company and then not producing the guns? It seems very strange, to say the least.
Remington R1 1911
Enter the new Remington R1 1911 line-up. Truth be told, the samples I have examined are actually Para USA 1911s. They have all the ear marks of being a Para, instead of a Remington. Look, no one asked my opinion, but I’m giving it just the same. With the start up problems Remington had with their first batch or two of 1911s, I would have canned them and instead started marketing the guns as Para USA guns on the slide and frame, instead of the Remington marque. But, like I said, no one asked me.
Remington 1911 R1 “Carry” Model
I have the Remington 1911 R1 “Carry” model, which is basically a “Commander-sized” 1911 with a 4.25-inch barrel and slide length. The rear of the slide, on the sides, has deep and wide grasping grooves. Hmm, it’s just like a Para USA 1911 I used to have. The rear sight is a Novak-design combat sight but without any white dots. The front sight is a white dot Tritium night sight, which is very fast to pick-up in daylight and night light. The slide is marked Remington on the left side, and on the right side it had “Carry” stamped on it and 1911 R1. The ejection port is lowered and flared, for sure ejection of empty brass and loaded rounds.
The Frame and Barrel
Moving to the frame, it is forged carbon steel. The front strap has nicely machined 25-LPI checkering for a very secure hold under all kinds of weather conditions. There is an ambidextrous safety that I could live without, but it’s there, and a speed combat hammer, plus a nicely fit beaver tail grip safety with a memory bump on it. The main spring housing is also nicely checkered, aiding in a sure grip under all kinds of weather conditions. The barrel is match-grade, held in place with a barrel bushing, instead of a bull barrel. This barrel bushing is stainless steel, and it has a standard recoil spring plug. I installed a heavier recoil spring because I fire a lot of +P .45ACP ammo in my 1911s.
The trigger is a match-grade aluminum model with three lightening holes. The trigger breaks on my sample at 4.50 lbs, which is very nice indeed, with no slack. The grips are beautiful Cocobolo with half checkered and half plain pattern grips. However, I changed that out for a pair of my own designed Mil-Tac “Code Zero” 1911 grips. Two mags came with the gun. One is a flat based 7-rd mag, and the other is an 8-rd with an extended base pad on it. The ambi safety snicked on/off with authority. The magazine well is slightly beveled for a faster reload, too.
One Handsome Handgun
All things considered, this Remington R1 1911 Carry is one handsome handgun, and it still reminds me that it is, for all the world, a Para USA. It just screams Para to me. And in the past, I owned quite a few Para USA 1911s. Full retail on this particular model is close to $1,100 and would be worth every penny of the asking price. However, my local gun shop had a special deal of $699, plus if you purchased in a certain time frame, you received a $100.00 rebate from Remington. I’m still waiting on mine and wonder if it will ever show-up, considering Remington’s financial situation. Even if the money doesn’t show, I got one great deal on a near custom 1911.
Having spent more than eight months recovering from a hip replacement surgery, I was able to spend more time out on the range doing some shooting. The hip isn’t quite 100%, but it is very close; however, I still can’t stand for extended periods of time, because of osteo-arthritis in my lower back. We all knew we would grow old, but none of us expected it to happen so fast. LOL
Ammo For Testing
I had a great selection of .45 ACP ammo to shoot in this nice Remington R1. From Buffalo Bore Ammunition www.buffalobore.com I had their 160-gr Barnes all-copper hollow point TAC XP Low Recoil standard pressure fodder, 255-gr Outdoorsman Hard Cast FN +P, 230-gr FMJ FN _P, 185-gr JHP +P, 160-gr Barnes all-copper hollow point TAC-XP +P Low Flash, and the same load in 185-gr. From Black Hills Ammunition www.black-hills.com , I had their outstanding 135.0gr HoneyBadger load, 230-gr FMJ, 230-gr JHP, 230-gr JHP +P, and their 185-gr Barnes all-copper hollow point TAC XP +P. So there was quite a selection of ammo to run through this Remington. In all, I fired a bit more than 400 rounds through this gun with zero problems at all. I carried this Remington 1911 for two weeks in a Blackhawk Products www.blackhawk.com SERPA hip holster. I love this one. It may not be the most concealable holster, but I really like ’em.
Accuracy shooting was done over the hood of my Jeep Wrangler, over a rolled-up sleeping bag, with the target set at 25 yards down range. No loads exceeded three inches, and I wasn’t always on my game either. The outstanding winner was the Black Hills 135-gr HoneyBadger load, giving me groups slightly under two inches without much trouble. Second place was the Buffalo Bore 160-gr Barnes all-copper hollow point, TAC-XP low recoil, standard pressure load. This load was a real pleasure to shoot. The Buffalo Bore 255-gr Hard Cast Outdoorsman +P load is a handful, but it would be my first choice to stoke in any .45 ACP handgun I was carrying out in the boonies or anywhere I might face dangerous game. It’ll get the job done. As stated, no other loads exceeded three inches, and that is outstanding accuracy, I believe. With more trigger time, I can get groups down there well under two inches, too. The gun shows a lot of promise.
I certainly hope that this sample 1911 from Remington is the turning point for them and they’ll continue to turn out handguns that first time around will be winners. This R1 sample is a lot of gun for the money. Check one out.