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Old June 9, 2010, 08:50 PM   #1
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Remington 1911 R1 Review

I purchased a Remington 1911 R1 today from the first shipment a local store received of them. I expected this to be a standard GI gun, I was way off. First the gun has full 3 dot sights and the best trigger pull I've ever felt in a sub $1000 1911. While it's a little heavy (around 3.5 lbs as a GI 1911 should be) there's no creep once the slacks been taken out. The trigger isn't mushy at all and breaks perfectly clean. The thumb safety isn't too hard to move, sights are great, trigger is great while the gun stays with the proper loose slide to frame fit of a GI model. Just purchased it an hour ago, I'll give a range report once I take it out.

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Old June 9, 2010, 08:56 PM   #2
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Nice looking gun Please post some pics from range trip...
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Old June 9, 2010, 09:24 PM   #3
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The one I held today had a fairly snug slide-to-frame fit. Quality seemed very nice. I'd definitely like to shoot one.
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Old June 9, 2010, 10:36 PM   #4
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That does look like a nice Government style 1911 there. I noticed quite a bit of difference in prices being asked on Gunbroker.
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Old June 10, 2010, 06:34 AM   #5
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if you don't mind me asking, what did you pay for that? I have not seen any prices for it yet.
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Old June 10, 2010, 06:49 AM   #6
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About $650, Impactguns has it for $599 ( http://www.impactguns.com/store/885293963238.html )
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Old June 10, 2010, 07:00 AM   #7
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Very nice sir!

Please post a range report when you can!

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Old June 10, 2010, 07:16 AM   #8
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While it's a little heavy (around 3.5 lbs as a GI 1911 should be)
Just curious as to how you measured the trigger pull weight? Do you really consider a 3.5 lb trigger pull HEAVY?
I truly doubt that Remington is producing and shipping a 1911 with a 3.5 lb trigger with regards to todays gun production regulations.
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Old June 10, 2010, 07:19 AM   #9
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That's a good question.

I would guess that a factory GI is more like 7 lbs, but I don't know for sure.

3.5lbs sounds like a tuned 1911 for competition.

Please clarify when you can.

Beautiful gun!

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Old June 10, 2010, 07:33 AM   #10
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Remington's original announcement of the R1 indicated "a crisp 3.5-5 pound trigger pull."

So it could be that there's that much variation across their production. Their mean trigger pull is 4.25lbs, with +/- 0.75lbs.

If I'm not mistaken, two things affect trigger pull weight. The first is the 3-finger spring and the second are those little tabs at the front of the trigger bow. The spring can be adjusted by hand and the bow is adjusted with needle nose, or a light punch blow to the rear of it while installed. Not a major operation if you have some mechanical ability. Perhaps somebody with more expertise can add to that, or correct me?

Personally I'm also surprised they'd ship a trigger below 4.5lbs for liability, but I'm sure they have their ducks in a row. Congrats on getting a crisp one!

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Old June 10, 2010, 08:03 AM   #11
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Do you really consider a 3.5 lb trigger pull HEAVY?
I've been spoiled with my bosses tweaked hair trigger Wilson 1911s.

The strange thing.. the store had two in stock left when I purchased mine, one with a very heavy trigger pull, one quite light (the one I purchased). I was surprised at the inconsistency.
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Old June 10, 2010, 08:14 AM   #12
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riggins, get that bad boy to the range will ya please?

I can't wait for a report; i'm considering one of these guns.

Is it made in the good ol' US of A?

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Old June 10, 2010, 08:19 AM   #13
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Local shop here in NC has them advertised for $575.00.

I'm not much of a 1911 guy, but I have to admit I'm tempted..........
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Old June 10, 2010, 08:34 AM   #14
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I've been spoiled with my bosses tweaked hair trigger Wilson 1911s.
What does this actually mean?
Does it mean that if a "HAIR" falls on the trigger that the gun will fire?
I put this phrase in the same category as "clips"
Is it just me or is this a stupid way to describe the trigger pull of a gun?
Sounds like something you here on the old "idiot box"
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Old June 10, 2010, 08:52 AM   #15
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It is a cliche that we all understand its meaning. Not everything is meant to be literal. Just in case it is not clear. He was simply meaning that his boss has light trigger pulls on the Wilsons.

Well, unless his Boss had it worked on so he can drop hairs on it to make it fire.

Now it is time for me to find the clip for my shotty. Then it is time to go to the back 40 (its really not 40 but 12) and see what the DEAGLE can do!

Really?

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Old June 10, 2010, 09:17 AM   #16
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Looking forward to the range review too. I like the price, this could be my entry to the .45 cal. Been thinking there should be a 1911 style in my collection and I like 95% of the look of this gun (and I can learn to live with that big R).
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Old June 10, 2010, 09:21 AM   #17
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Congratulations on a great looking pistol! I can't wait to hear about your range report!
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Old June 10, 2010, 09:26 AM   #18
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I just looked it up.

This bad boy is made in Ilion New York.

NEW YORK CEETY! isn't that where they make the hot sauce? LOL! (j/k)

I'm very interested!

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Old June 10, 2010, 09:26 AM   #19
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I can look past the R with the USA on the side. I would buy most of my firearms from companies that manufacture here if they were all quality at a reasonable price. This one has the price. Hopefully, it will have the performance/quality.

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Old June 10, 2010, 11:31 AM   #20
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That's a good-lookin' 1911. My hope is that it shoots as good as it looks and that it becomes a big seller for Remington. A reasonably priced American-made 1911 would be a good thing.
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Old June 10, 2010, 11:51 AM   #21
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I thought Remington was out of the pistol business.
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Old June 10, 2010, 11:55 AM   #22
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NICE. Anyone know if a after market ambi safety lever can be put on (a quality one) ? This deserves some serious thought.
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Old June 10, 2010, 12:50 PM   #23
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Here you go Don...

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hair-trigger

Nothing idiot box about this. Pretty common phrase actually....
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I thought Remington was out of the pistol business.
They had been for quite some time. Not anymore.
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Old June 10, 2010, 02:24 PM   #25
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Anyone know much about the build quality/process/materials?

Are we talking forged? MIM parts? Bar stock? Plastic? (MSH?) What about tool marks (what does it look like taken down?) How is lock up and slide to frame, is it throated, etc...

I have done a little searching on the net (just a quick 10 minutes kind of deal) and have not found much concerning build. If someone has done a better job of research, I would love to hear the results.

I did find this (lots of pics):
http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=275331
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