The mysterious case of the disappearing R51.
The rollout of the Remington R51 handgun has been full of controversy. The firearm was mysteriously absent from SHOT Show’s Media Day at the Range this year, despite the fact that Remington brought along numerous R51′s to be handled on the showroom floor.
Then, the reviews started rolling. Some experienced reviewers even had malfunctions that they considered to be unsafe (see Military Arms Channel’s review below). It seems that most of the reviewers encountered multiple failures to feed, return to battery and properly eject spent brass. To be fair, some reviewers did give the little gun rave reviews, but it seemed like something was up with quality control at best, and the actual design of the gun at worst.
Now, it seems that Remington has scrubbed their website of nearly all mentions of the R51 pistol (H/T Tactical Existence). It is not easily found listed among their other firearms, and using the website’s built in search engine returns only 1 hit for the website homepage. However, when you actually visit the homepage there is no mention of the R51 (except for an image of this year’s catalog cover).