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Old 05-01-2017, 07:53 AM   #1
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Remington R1 1911

I'm far from being an authority on 1911's but I really like the simplicity and old school looks as well as the attractive pricing of the R1 so I've read literally dozens of reviews and watched as many You-Tube videos about them over the last few days and I'll be darned if I can find one single bad word regarding quality or function of these little work horses.

Like I said. "I know very little about 1911's" and won't be doing any rapid fire competitions or running thousands of rounds through one but I'm very tempted to pick one up for general home defense and casual plinking.

Can anyone think of a good reason why I shouldn't?

As usual.....thanks in advance.

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Old 05-01-2017, 08:24 AM   #2
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Hi Charlie

I've had way too many 1911s for my own good. They are very, very addictive.

Did have the R1 Enhanced and can say that it was an excellent 1911. Only issue was the factory supplied mags, but by changing to other brands of mags, the gun was flawless and quite accurate. (Mags are often the issue on 1911s, so don't be in a hurry to blame the gun.) Wouldn't hesitate to buy another one.

Under $1300 or so, you really don't see a lot of difference in accuracy or reliability. All just a matter of what features that are packaged with the gun. Lots of variation in the triggers in this price range, one box to the next, though, so try to check before you buy. The great trigger on a 1911 is one of its strong points, so don't settle for a crummy trigger.

You don't need to spend big bucks for an accurate 1911. My lowly SA Mil-spec has actually shot groups for me that compare to some high dollar target grade 1911s I've had and at half the price. Now that I've shot all kinds of 1911s, I can say that I much prefer these simpler, no frills models. My SA does see duty as a house gun, but it's mostly a gun that I just love to shoot.

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Well, Remington did manufacture many of the wartime 1911s, and I understand they still have the original tooling from those days. I wonder how much of that was referenced in making the R1?
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Well, Remington did manufacture many of the wartime 1911s, and I understand they still have the original tooling from those days. I wonder how much of that was referenced in making the R1?

From what I read (and I read a lot of articles/opinions) it's a carbon copy.

Course it came from the interweb sooooo?



north country......several of the videos spent considerable time on the trigger and they all seemed to like it.

I didn't see any complaints about the mags other than one fellow who insisted on using Kim-Pro's due to the fact that they hold eight.


I'm looking at the basic five inch mil spec or the 200th anniversary which is just a set of engraved grips.
Funny thing is Remingtons MSRP has the anniversary model priced + $ 50 but the vendor with the best price I could find sells it for $ 9 less....go figure.

Standard = $ 552 + $ 8 shipping.



Commemorative = $ 543 + $ 8 shipping.

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Charlie, just remember to check the trigger before you buy, if possible. We're in the price range, here, where there can be considerable variation, one gun to the next. My R1 was one of the first off the line, so that problem may have been corrected, since. I suspect it was the mags they were supplying at the time.

Very much my style of 1911, though. I like.

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Since we are on the subject of 1911's , could some one give me an opinion of a curved trigger vs a more vertical trigger, as shown in these two pistols.
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All very much a personal preference as is the length, which is actually more important to me. The short length triggers on these Remingtons, as with my SA Mil-spec is my preference, not just because it's more traditional, but also because it's more comfortable for me than the long triggers you see on so many target style 1911s. Of course, the beauty of a 1911 is that you can change one out to get any feature you want.
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Thanks north country....I'm going to town Wed, so I'll look around the few local shops but I'll probably have to buy on line and take my chances if I decide I "need" one.

I've always been a wheel gun guy but I did have an OD Green Springfield 1911 about thirty years ago. I remember that my buddy who actually knew quite a bit about auto pistols and did some competitive shooting hated the fact that my cheap azz SA was more accurate than his Browning Hi-Power.
Probably should have kept it but I was a working stiff and Ruger had just introduced their Vaquero in 45LC so I traded it off.

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Is a skeletonized trigger just for cosmetics, or does it serve any purpose?
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That beautiful 1911 trigger is why it rules the roost in action shooting competition. DA/SA autos and striker-fired autos are used by some, but go to any shoot and you'll see predominantly 1911s or 2011s (double-stack 1911s).

The idea of a skeletonized trigger is less weight and thus faster reset, though I seriously doubt anyone but a high level competitive shooter would notice it. For the rest of us, yeah, mostly looks.
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On the triggers, the skeletonized trigger, a lot of times, has an adjustment screw for over travel. You can see it on my Para Expert in the bottom hole. Mine was set from the factory & was perfect. Before Remington shut down Para, the 1911's were being made in the same factory in NC, but I believe they moved it to GA, or another southern state.
I like the fiber optic front sights also & Remington was using them for awhile. My Para came with the F/O front sight & an extended thumb safety. I have (since the pic) added an Ed Brown extended slide release and the Hogue grip, which I love on the 1911.


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That's a beauty, Michael. I'm also fan of those wrap around grips on a 1911. Just put a set of wooden Altamonts on my Mil spec, but haven't had a chance to shoot with them, yet. Will report back when I do.

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On the triggers, the skeletonized trigger, a lot of times, has an adjustment screw for over travel. You can see it on my Para Expert in the bottom hole. Mine was set from the factory & was perfect. Before Remington shut down Para, the 1911's were being made in the same factory in NC, but I believe the moved it to GA, or another southern state.
I like the fiber optic front sights also & Remington was using them for awhile. My Para came with the F/O front sight & an extended thumb safety. I have (since the pic) added an Ed Brown extended slide release and the Hogue grip, which I love on the 1911.

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I found the same on my Kimber Tactical Pro II, I had not paid that much attention to the trigger, all I knew was that I love to shoot it and it is a great carry piece if my double stacks are too bulky for the occasion!
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Every once in a while my tendency to procrastinate and over think things pays off.

I just checked the web site I've been considering buying from and it seems they lowered the price of the 5" R1 from $ 553 to $ 499 sometime today.

I have one on the way.
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every once in a while my tendency to procrastinate and over think things pays off.

I just checked the web site i've been considering buying from and it seems they lowered the price of the 5" r1 from $ 553 to $ 499 sometime today.

I have one on the way.
:-d:-d:-d

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I think you are going to be real happy with it. The first cartridge handgun I shot was my father's old GI clunker. That was 54 years ago when I was 11. A few years ago I had that gun reconditioned and refinished. When I took it to the range it just amazed me how comfortable it was and how easy it was to shoot well with it. I have had other 1911s but this will stay with me. I much prefer the old style hammer spur and grip safety tang as yours has, along with the straight mainspring housing. I added a longer safety lever and higher visibility fixed sights. This is just as I prefer them. The only other thinbg I would do is go ambi safety if I was to carry it as I use the left hand a lot, but this is for fun now.

I mostly use Colt and Chip McCormick 8 round magazines in the 1911s.


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Alloy, plastic, or lightened triggers on 1911s reduce inertial weight and increase safety if very light trigger releases are used. With reasonable pull weights I think they have no functional purpose. I would not want so light a release to where it mattered. I think they are mostly for show except for serious competitors.

The inertial mass of a 1911 trigger unit is higher than a swinging type trigger.
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I think you are going to be real happy with it. The first cartridge handgun I shot was my father's old GI clunker. That was 54 years ago when I was 11. A few years ago I had that gun reconditioned and refinished. When I took it to the range it just amazed me how comfortable it was and how easy it was to shoot well with it. I have had other 1911s but this will stay with me. I much prefer the old style hammer spur and grip safety tang as yours has, along with the straight mainspring housing. I added a longer safety lever and higher visibility fixed sights. This is just as I prefer them. The only other thinbg I would do is go ambi safety if I was to carry it as I use the left hand a lot, but this is for fun now.

I mostly use Colt and Chip McCormick 8 round magazines in the 1911s.

Not only is that a beauty but it's a very special piece. Thanks for sharing it.

The R1 has three dot sights. Judging by the two I handled at the local shop I think I'll get along fine with them.
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Talk about a buzz kill.....I just got an e-mail flyer this morning announcing that Remington is now offering a $ 100 rebate on the R1 for the next six weeks "starting today".....
Just my luck....

Anywhoo......if anyone is interested Grab A Gun has the 5" R1 on sale for $ 499 ($ 399 after rebate) + $ 7 shipping.

That's a hell of a deal in my mind.


FWIW....not a hand gun but they also have 16" DPMS AR's on sale for $ 364 + $ 7 shipping....

My how things have changed since a friend of the 2nd moved into the white house.
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Talk about a buzz kill.....I just got an e-mail flyer this morning announcing that Remington is now offering a $ 100 rebate on the R1 for the next six weeks "starting today".....
Just my luck....

Anywhoo......if anyone is interested Grab A Gun has the 5" R1 on sale for $ 499 ($ 399 after rebate) + $ 7 shipping.

That's a hell of a deal in my mind.


FWIW....not a hand gun but they also have 16" DPMS AR's on sale for $ 364 + $ 7 shipping....

My how things have changed since a friend of the 2nd moved into the white house.
Now, if I only had some money!
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