Maximum COL = 1.275" Primers = CCI 300 Maximum Pressure
= 21,000 PSI
The table illustrates the two
sides to every big bore discussion; high velocity and full
expansion, or heavy bullet, moderate expansion and high momentum
for penetration. All loads were very manageable in live fire and
all delivered better than recreational shooting accuracy from
a two handed hold... which means the gun's potential for accuracy was beyond
the proficiency of the shooter. There was a relatively
small shift in point of impact as bullet weight varied, an
inch climb when going to from 185 grain Remington JHP handloads
to Remington 230 grain ball ammo. I'll attribute the little
extra velocity at 185 grains for the Golden Saber to the
bullet's reduced bearing surface and incorporated driving band.
This is an excellent starting point for an out of the box
Is there life after Euro-Boy guns?
I can embrace technology as much
as the next guy. My wife accepts it and doesn't seem to mind.
However, I am at a point where the words "poly" and "striker"
begin to read as "tired" and "bored" and I realize I don't have
to accept what companies are pushing, or what people
emphatically tell me I have to like in response to a trend. I am
a firearm enthusiast first, so I get to like whatever it is that
I like and no justification is required. Personally, guns with
lots of personality hold the greatest appeal and the Remington
1911 R1 seems to have a surplus.
The R1 feels like a gun, cold
metal, the heft of substantiality... and blue as should be the
case with useful and well-made machinery. The Remington 1911
feels solid when the slide is racked and the hammer is left back
when it is cocked and locked so there is no ambiguity of
purpose. The trigger feels like a real trigger, not a sponge
ball with no beginning or end to compression. The gun digested
and ejected virtually every bullet shape in use without
hesitation or fault. A reliability that is a must in a defensive
firearm and the R1 isn't chambered for the anemic nine. Pull a
Golden Saber slug out of ballistic medium and it expands to the
size of a golf ball and hangs into all of its weight.
You'd never see the R1 carried by
the characters of fictional police TV shows. A 1911 would be too
politically incorrect and not at all like the Glocks that these
male and female models draw quickly, but never seem to pull the
trigger even when someone's life is in jeopardy. The R1 is not a
gun designed for video game appearances, movie action heroes or
villains... or SyFy Channel fans. The Remington 1911 R1 is a
workhorse gun that would provide many years of self defense and
lots of recreational shooting With a little tweaking and
refining, it would make a heck of a gun for competition. Nice
gun. Great value.
Remington's 1911 R1 45 ACP Part I
Remington's 1911 R1 45 ACP Part II