Back in 1917, at the height of WWI, the U.S. Ordnance Department ordered Remington-UMC1 to produce 500,000 1911 pistols. By the time the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918 Remington had produced 21,677 1911s. 91 years later Remington is once again producing John M. Browning's famous design.
The new Remington 1911 R1 pistol is a variant of the 1911A1 design. Remington has added a flared and lowered ejection port, beveled magazine well, loaded chamber indicator, high profile dovetailed single-dot front and two-dot rear sights, a crisp 3.5-5 lbs trigger and a match grade stainless steel barrel with barrel bushing.
The pistols will be manufactured at the Remington factory in Ilion, New York. Remington plans on shipping the pistols in June.
Action Single Action
Caliber .45 ACP
Magazine Capacity 7 rounds
Barrel Length 5"
Barrel Material Stainless Steel
Barrel Finish Satin Black Oxide
Rifling Twist Rate 1:16 LH
Overall Length 8.5"
Overall Height 5.5"
Grip Material Walnut
Grip Design Checkered (Double Diamond)
Trigger Pull 3.5 - 5 lbs
Average Weight 38.5 oz
MSRP (Price) $699
The Freedom Group, Remington's parent company, has now finally entered the handgun market. I would not be surprised to see a concealed carry pistol come forth from Remington or another Freedom Group company with the next year.