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Old 06-19-2010, 12:46   #1
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New Remington R1 1911

Remington now makes a 1911. I picked it up today $599 plus tax and background check. It has a duracoat type black semigloss finish. It came with 2 mags. A little loose, does not rattle however. Trigger pull 5-6lbs but clean. Stainless steel barrel and bushing. I have not shot it yet but I like my SA milspec and RIA better in this pricerange.
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Old 06-19-2010, 17:39   #2
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I really wanted one of those but they weren't on the approved list for California. Probably wont be either. My state isn't approving anything new it seems. I trust Remington quality and I'm sure it is a quality weapon. I did end up getting the SA GI myself. Similar price, but darn, I wanted that Remington.
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Old 06-20-2010, 05:36   #3
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One of the shooing rags had a feature on this new entry - 2000 rounds as I recall were fired with some failure to feeds and stove pipes.

I must be fortunate as I have never had a failure of any type with any ammunition except two squibs when I failed to charge the cases.
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R1

Please let us know how the r1 shoots ,i also have a SA 1911A1 MILSPEC SS just wanted to know how it shot compared to the sa.
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I just bought an R1 and fired it next to my buddies Kimber. Very little difference. It did not like walmart 185 grain ammo bot ate everything else like it was starving Im very impressed. I feel its a keeper
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I purchased one as my first 1911 and found it to be a very functional pistol, and I have since purchased a second one. No failures to feed, or other malfunctions to report, and they have digested multiple brands of ammo without a hitch. I am pleased with the Remington R1 and would recommend it. Rock Islands and Springfields are what I compared the Remington to when determining what I would purchase. The Remingtons and Springfields just seemed to have a little better balance than the Rock Islands to me, your mileage may vary.
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Old 12-29-2011, 15:29   #7
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Brand new to this forum. Need a 1911. Traded my rusty Ruger P89DC off to procure a SW Bodyguard for my bride for Christmas. Now I am handgun poor. I thought it was a reasonable way to obtain a new handgun

Love my old Remington 700 BDL 7mm Mag... Then I found the Rem R1 1911. Looking at obtaining one in a couple weeks. Of course the other option would be Colt GCT, but then I would not have near as much fun tuning a real shooter.

What opinions are there on the Rem R1 as an American made build platform? For an additional $300 I think I can put together a really nice USA tack driver. Finish at about a $1000.

Any other reasonable options?
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Old 12-29-2011, 20:36   #8
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Originally Posted by GeoSAM View Post
What opinions are there on the Rem R1 as an American made build platform? For an additional $300 I think I can put together a really nice USA tack driver. Finish at about a $1000.

Any other reasonable options?
I think there is potential there for the Remington if you like to tinker. I have been more than happy with mine bone stock and haven't changed anything on them. I have seen posts on one of the 1911 forums where guys have really dressed their's up, so it seems like a good platform if that's what you want to do.
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The discussions on this thread has helped my decision to go with the R1. I will pick one up in a couple of weeks. Planning on some upgrades... not in a monster hurry to modify though. I will post my findings and intentions after I acquire and run some rounds through it.

Thanks for your input.
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I have read much about the cast frame of the Rem R1 rubbing the slide due to bad casting inside the frame. Happen to see this yesterday on a used R1 in my LGS. Have they corrected this issue, or is it something that continues to haunt Remington's QC?

I considered grabbing this unit for about $550 as apposed to dropping $700 new. But if this marring is still a problem... I am considering a new R1 to take advantage of the warranty... Just in case.

The used R1 was otherwise a very nice piece. I wonder if Remington would correct the marring problem on their dime if I purchased used? Anyone have any experience with used weapons and manufacturing defects regarding Remington's CS?

But I would rather not experience the problem however, it looks like it may be pot luck. Any thoughts on the matter?
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Okay... So no one replied to hold me back, and I picked up the used R1 for $550.

Trigger pull is light, some creep, but good. Pistol runs very well. Only fired two full clips, one FMJ and one JHP both 230g. Free standing 3" group at 15 yds. I am liking the weapon as is (for now).

It does have the marring on the left side of the slide from frame rub. I used a jewel file and took very little off the inset of dustcover (it appeared that someone had already performed some work on it). Used chalk as marker and repeated until I could now longer perceive marker transfer. I think I got it. Smoothed with 500 grit and 1/2" dowel. Looks good. Just need to acquire some Van's Cold Blue to close.

And so the saga has begun

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Originally Posted by supereagle View Post
Please let us know how the r1 shoots ,i also have a SA 1911A1 MILSPEC SS just wanted to know how it shot compared to the sa.
I've owned a blue Milspec for years..and got a Remington last year.

Very comparable pistols. The Rem has a much tighter fitted up slide/barrel/barrel bushing setup. A 'series 80' safety mechanism the Springer lacks...the Rem has a noticably better trigger-pull than the Springer...my Springfield Milspec is an older one(1990's) and lacks the little 'loaded chamber notch' in the barrel which the Remington has(and which is too small to see if it's loaded or not).

The Remington R1 ain't perfect..however I really like mine.
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I hope yall are having better luck then I am with my new Remington 1911 R1.
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I hope yall are having better luck then I am with my new Remington 1911 R1.
I have so far, mine has been a 100%.
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Originally Posted by TJohn View Post
I have so far, mine has been a 100%.
I got someone from remington on the phone today, and they are sending me a box to send my R1 in for repairs
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Sorry to here about your issues. The R1 I have has been flawless running. Let us know what Rem does about it.
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Originally Posted by GeoSAM View Post
Sorry to here about your issues. The R1 I have has been flawless running. Let us know what Rem does about it.
The people at Remington sent a pre-paid package for me to send my pistol in for service.

Before I send the pistol in, I want to take it out for one more shooting with something besides winchester 230 grain fmj.

So far all of the malfunctions have been with winchester ammo. My wife suggested that I try something else before I send the pistol back.
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Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
The people at Remington sent a pre-paid package for me to send my pistol in for service.

Before I send the pistol in, I want to take it out for one more shooting with something besides winchester 230 grain fmj.

So far all of the malfunctions have been with winchester ammo. My wife suggested that I try something else before I send the pistol back.
Hmm, maybe yours just doesnt like winchester ammo or you just got a batch that is out of spec some how. Both of mine have been flawless with 230gr Remington UMC (yellow and green box), Remington Golden Sabre JHP, Fiocchi, American Eagle, Federal (red/brown box), Winchester white box (FMJ and JHP) and Hornady. Both pistols were fairly tight when new but were noticeably looser than some other new 1911's that I have handled. Based on everything I had ever read or heard about 1911's I was very suprised how well mine have worked so far.
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Originally Posted by GeoSAM View Post
I have read much about the cast frame of the Rem R1 rubbing the slide due to bad casting inside the frame. Happen to see this yesterday on a used R1 in my LGS. Have they corrected this issue, or is it something that continues to haunt Remington's QC?...
I haven't seen this on either of mine yet.
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