Case in point.

Remington’s R51 pistol generated huge amounts of buzz among gun geeks when it was first publicly announced, and going into SHOT Show it was—perhaps even more than the Glock 42—primed to be “the belle of the ball” on Media Day at the Range.

But then she didn’t show.

While there were plenty of R51s in the Remington booth at SHOT, none made it to Media Day, hinting that the gun wasn’t quite ready for prime time. In the months following SHOT, the pistols have trickled into gun shops, and the quality assurance and range performance of early production guns seems to be disconcerting.

Remington sent me an R51 for review, and I was able to take it out to the range briefly today. What follows are my first impressions of this interesting new/old design.