The new Remington R51 pistol is actually getting more digital and dead tree ink than the new G2 Research RIP 9mm round, if that's actually possible.
We saw how the hype is just that with the new R.I.P. round and it looks as though an unbiased look at the R51 by Nick Leghorn over at The Truth About Guns reveals some profound problems with Remington's new pistola.
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It’s a great concept, but there are serious design flaws that shouldn’t be acceptable in a modern firearm. For a gun that’s being marketed to new shooters and people with a freshly-printed concealed carry license, it’s way too easy to re-assemble the gun incorrectly. And the painful shooting experience will keep people from putting much time into practicing with the gun.
If you're thinking of buying one for carry, here are a couple of things you need to know. Your life might depend upon reading about these issues:
When you re-assemble the R51 you must slip a small tab on the slide stop of the gun underneath this little spring. You must insert it perfectly parallel to the slide. If you tilt the slide stop upwards by as little as a 1/16th of an inch, if it rides above the spring, the gun will malfunction. As Robert found out it might even refuse to feed. Not to put too fine a point on it, replacing the slide stop properly could be the difference between life and death in a self defense situation.