First Look: Remington R51 Sub-Compact Pistol

Remington R51New for 2014, the Remington R51 Sub-Compact pistol was designed as a modern version of Remington's original Model 51. Originally designed in 1915 by John Pedersen, the Model 51 was considered ahead of its time, and soon became one of Gen. George Patton's personal sidearms during WWII.

While designing the new R51 Sub-Compact, Remington aimed to modernize Pedersen's design to work with 9mm Luger and .40 S&W cartridges. They also wanted to maintain the personality, shooting characteristics and size of the original Model 51.

Enter the R51 Sub-Compact — a modern, concealable pistol with the ability to handle +P factory ammunition. The R51 uses a hammer-fired, Pedersen action with a locked breech and fixed 416 stainless steel barrel. It also features drift-adjustable sights and an aluminum frame with 25 lines-per-inch checkering on the front grip strap.

An ambidextrous magazine release allows left- and right-handed shooters to eject the flush-fitting, seven-round magazines — two of which come standard with the pistol.


Additional versions of the R51 Sub-Compact line will include one with a built-in Crimson Trace Laserguard, as well as another model with a threaded barrel for suppressor attachment.


The standard Remington R51 Sub-Compact will be available Feb. 1, 2014 at a price of $389.

The R51 also joins a collection of new offerings from Remington for 2014.

Check out our exclusive photos below, and be sure to read the full review in our upcoming March 2014 issue of Guns & Ammo, available on newsstands Feb. 4, 2014.

Old school meets new school in the Remington R51.
The Remington R51 was designed with a modernized version of the traditional hammer-fired Pedersen action.
An upcoming version of the R51 includes a threaded barrel for suppressor attachment.
G&A editors put several R51s through their paces during testing for the upcoming March 2014 issue.
The 20-degree grip angle and and low-bore axis allow shooters to get a high purchase on the grip.
The R51 feeds from 7-round magazines.
The R51 features a positive grip safety and smooth, rounded edges for comfortable concealment.
Testing revealed the R51 is comfortable and controllable, even when shooting one-handed.
The hammer-fired Pedersen action also features a fixed barrel and locked breech to handle some of the hotter +P ammunition.
Interchangeable grips and a light slide-racking force allows ease of operation among many different operators.
The low bore axis and 20-degree grip angle aids in reduced muzzle flip and lower felt recoil.
A lowered, flared ejection port was designed to improve spent shell case ejection.
Drift-adjustable sights enable operators to adjust the sights to their preference.
Be sure to read the full review in our upcoming March 2014 issue of Guns & Ammo, available on newsstands Feb. 4, 2014.
An additional R51 model includes a Crimson Trace Laserguard.

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