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Introducing the Remington R-51: Maybe you’ve met before

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Introducing the Remington R-51: Maybe you’ve met before

By designing the R-51 for 9mm (and 9mm +P) with a .40 S&W on its heels, this gun is tailor-made for the concealed-carry market.
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With everyone’s hopes pinned on a single-stack subcompact 9mm Glock for this year’s upcoming SHOT Show getting blasted apart by pretty strong rumors that the gun is actually going to be a .380, Remington is launching a new little beauty that might make all that moot.

It’s called the R-51 and it might be familiar to you, even if just in photos. The basic design of the R-51 is the same as the Remington 51, developed by John Pedersen, in 1917. Originally chambered for .380 ACP, the new model holds 7+1 rounds of 9mm in a compact, 20-ounce package.

The Reminton 51 was often said to be ahead of its time, and looking at the new R-51, it’s easy to see why. Both models use what Pedersen called “hesitation-locked” operation with a two-piece slide and locking block assembly. After firing the assembly slides back together for a short distance until the locking block engages with the frame, holding the cartridge just slightly out-of-battery while still providing a solid breech face. The barrel is fixed to the frame.

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