This thing looks like a love child between the Springfield XDs 9mm, and a Kimber Solo, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
I think it’s interesting looking, slim, and hopefully has a nice trigger. I particularly like that it says “Remington Arms Co. Charlotte, NC” on the frame. Unfortunately I don’t believe the pistols are made in NC, but rather that’s where Remington has their corporate offices.
I don’t think this pistol does anything that my XDs 9mm doesn’t already do, but if it will feed my favorite JHP rounds unlike the XDs it may be a contender… They both have grip safeties, but I think the R51 may be a hair bigger than the XDs 9mm.
According to The Firearm Blog, it’s MSRP should be around $385, which means it should be a couple bucks less at the local gun shops. I’ll most certainly have to pick one up to play with.
What do you think? I’m surprised to see Remington getting into this market before Glock…
March Update: I had the chance to shoot an R51 recently. I talk about it in detail in Episode 73 of the podcast. Listen here.