View Full Version : Value of a Remington Model 51, Please Help

January 17, 2010, 10:35 AM
I may be trading for a remington model 51 in 90% NRA condition. It is a 32 cal. Does anyone know the value of this gun? Thanks.

January 17, 2010, 04:33 PM
I'm not an expert but I'll start the ball; the 32 acp model 51s are alot rarer than the 380 acps. Consequently, they are more spendy - I've never seen one in these parts for less than $500 and most are in the $600-800 range. You can get a nice .380, if you are lucky, for $350-450. I'd look on Auction Arms and Gunbroker to see what people are asking for these and do a "completed" auctions search to see what they are auctually selling for. Good luck and please post photos if you get the gun. I'd like to get the .380 version someday.


January 17, 2010, 08:39 PM
Photos are now included.

January 18, 2010, 06:30 PM
I don't think I would consider that a 90% gun.
And why a .32ACP is worth more than .380ACP is a mystery to me. These guns in .380ACP are a pleasure to shoot even with hot defensive ammo, Gold Dot's, Golden Sabers etc. Very well made, accurate, comfortable, slim



January 18, 2010, 06:50 PM

Only about 1 in 6 were 32acp so they are rarer. Thanks for the photo - looks like a neat gun - I may have to get one.


January 18, 2010, 10:01 PM
I *shoot* my guns. I have no time to collect or rub with diapers. I have no use for anything smaller than a .380ACP.

My M51 is on my carry permit and it gets shot and used on a regular basis. The picture shows it with the ammo that was in it when I bought it, 70 or so years old by my estimation. Shot that too, all seven worked. :D (one was kind of weak and smokey, but it put a hole in the target.)

Now it lives on a diet of Golden Sabers.

James K
January 18, 2010, 10:37 PM
I will post my usual warning about not trying to remove the grips unless you know how. A whole lot of those guns have been damaged by folks trying to pry off the grips. The housing pin has to be either removed or pushed in flush on one side, the grip slid down and off, then the same done on the other side.

There has been a lot of comment about Pedersen's reasons for the unusual action, but the real reason is that Browning had patented a slide and breechblock in one piece and also the idea of attaching grips to an auto pistol with screws. Hence the delayed blowback action and the odd grip attachment of the Remington (and Savage and S&W as well).