The Remington R1 is similar to an M1911A1
version of the popular 1911 Government Model. Differentiating it from the original
M1911, the frame is clearance cut to enhanced trigger pull, a short
trigger is employed and the grip safety tang is extended. Like the original M1911,
has diamond patterned checkered grips and a flat mainspring housing.
The Remington's hammer width, at 0.281", is slightly more narrow than the 0.309" M1911A1
wide spur piece.
|Country of Origin
1911 Single Action Autoloader
|Frame & Slide
Satin Black Oxide
Dot - White
4 lbs 13 oz
R1, Hard Case, 2
gun lock, and manuals
The Remington 1911 R1 also
incorporates popular commercial Model 1911 enhancements: flared
and lowered ejection port, a Novack standard dovetail mount front
sight, beveled magazine well, a match grade stainless steel barrel
bushing, and a Series 80 type trigger assembly. Produced entirely in
at Remington's Ilion, New York
plant, as shipped, the R1 can serve as a very
competent gun for self defense or recreational target shooting.
As a near MIL spec gun with well established
enhancements, Remington's R1 will accept all popular 1911 type
upgrade pieces, which means it will no doubt serve as the basis for
many enhanced and customized guns. After working with a number of
1911 types produced outside of the U.S., personally, I am
really happy to see Remington make this gun available.
The R1's sighting system...
A Novack 65° x.330" standard dovetail replaces
a staked in front sight, the aft dovetail is standard GI.
This means there are tons of accessory sights that will fit this gun.
That said, the factory three dot system works well and the small
set screws in the factory sights facilitate both drift sight
adjustment and replacement.
Control and status check...
The 1911 R1 is a gun for right-handers.
Magazine release, thumb safety are both actuated with the right
hand thumb. Yes, ambidextrous safeties and magazine releases can
be installed to suit shooter's preference. The Remington gun has
a small slot in the barrel tang that serves as a loaded chamber
indicator. The rim of a chambered cartridge shows in the
A little more
The slide to frame fit is good; not so tight that it
takes two men and a small boy to rack the slide, but not so loose that
slide rattles. This is an 80 Series configuration so there is a firing
pin plunger and spring, next to the firing pin stop, that locks the
firing pin until the gun's trigger is fully depressed. The slide has
clean machine finishing inside and out and smooth fitting piece parts.
These are all standard 1911 spec parts and configurations; firing pin,
springs, stop, extractor, etc. which opens the door to the use of
enhanced parts and accessories, as well as parts interchangeability.
The stainless steel barrel, bushing and link assembly are
close fitting parts and well finished. Lug engagement, checked with
modeling clay compression was approximately 92% or a bit more. The
barrel measured 0.580" at the muzzle, the bushing inside diameter for
the first 0.240" measured 0.581" for 0.001" clearance. This is more
than tight enough for a service pistol and about 500% less than the slop
fit of the imported 1911 guns I've seen. This is critical territory when
it comes to a 1911's accuracy.
frame casting is slick; no rough spots, pits or parting lines. Machining
operations performed on the frame are clean, pins are properly located,
frame rails check parallel and all internal ways are flat, smooth
surfaces. The quality of the casting and machine work is very similar to
the work found on a high end SIG. Remington has been able to
manufacturer a quality 1911 while its competitors are pushing cheapo
imported "GI" models for the same price or more. For these reasons, the
R1 will be incorporated into our future 1911 projects.
Bits and pieces...
The Remington 1911 R1 isn't hiding poorly made parts and
cheap production. Again, really clean casting and machine work all
around. The parts are much better in fit and finish than most of the
drop in upgrade third party parts. No parting lines on the hammer,
hammer hooks and sear ledge are cleanly formed and contact and
engagement is uniform. Depth of sear engagement is carry gun worthy and
appropriate, so there is room for some trigger finessing to lighten
pull. There really is no creep in the factory trigger which makes it a
really good 80 Series trigger.
ran through all of the traditional parts fit checks and was not able to
find any problem areas. Even the trigger bow dropped with gravity within
the frame channels and there was no drag with a magazine inserted. The
mainspring housing is steel, no attempts at hiding plastic parts. I
accept the need for manufacturers to install firing pin blocks to assure
compliance with various state laws. Fortunately, Remington was able to
fit 80 Series trigger linkage without degrading function.
The only part that made me a little crazy was the
thumb safety. It was installed and fit properly, but the safety lock
plunger recess was a little deep... a little, crisp so the frame would
not surrender the safety to disassembly without a bit of a fight.
Personally, I can live with that minor struggle in exchange for a safety
with positive actuation. All of the controls works properly; magazine
release, grip safety, slide stop, etc. Disassembly of slide from frame
did not require tools, although a bushing wrench is included in the case
with the gun.
Taking a break
to think about this....
I spend a good deal of time shooting 1911's converted to
.45 Super or .460 Rowland, however, I don't often get the opportunity to
spend time with a full size .45 ACP Model 1911. Shooting the Remington
1911 R1 with Remington 230 grain ball ammo was... relaxing. At 809 fps
over the chronograph, the big slug moves with conviction, but recoil is
actually quite mild. At seven to ten yards, shooting offhand, quickly,
it was easy to keep three and five shot groups under and inch or inch
and one half. The sights are easy to follow and align and the grip is
quite comfortable. Group sizes remained tight, the gun didn't develop a
rattle and, for as tight as the gun was, the slide felt as though it
were moving over ball bearings. Clean up was easy, the durable black
oxide finish wiped down with a silicon cloth. The last check out for the
gun was to check out reliability and accuracy with a variety of ammo
types... Part II.
Remington's 1911 R1 45 ACP Part I
Remington's 1911 R1 45 ACP Part II