Remington has just announced that they have solved performance issues with some early production versions of the R51 pistol, and will be taking care of customers who had problems with the early production guns.

Some of the early production  guns performed as flawlessly as the pre-production pistols in the print media praised after testing the gun last fall, while others—including the R51 tested by Bearing Arms and the R51 tested by Military Arms Channel—encountered some serious issues which quickly gave the pistol a bad reputation.

Engineers are confident that they have finally worked out the production kinks, and so Remington just released the following statement:


Remington R51 Pistol Product Update

Earlier this year, we launched the innovative R51 subcompact pistol to critical acclaim. During testing, numerous experts found the pistol to function flawlessly.

In fact, they found it to have lower felt recoil, lower muzzle rise and better accuracy and concealability than other products in its class.

However, after initial commercial sales, our loyal customers notified us that some R51 pistols had performance issues. We immediately ceased production to re-test the product. While we determined the pistols were safe, certain units did not meet Remington’s performance criteria. The performance problems resulted from complications during our transition from prototype to mass production.

These problems have been identified and solutions are being implemented, with an expected production restart in October.

Anyone who purchased an R51 may return it and receive a new R51 pistol, along with two additional magazines and a custom Pelican case, by calling Remington at (800) 243-9700.

The new R51 will be of the same exceptional quality as our test pistols, which performed flawlessly.

We appreciate your patience and support.

Despite the issues with our R51 test gun, we recognized and noted in our review that the pistol showed a lot of promise. It was accurate, easy to hide as a carry gun, and came in at a great price point. We’ll be looking forward to getting our revised R51 for testing and evaluation and reading about the experiences of others getting these new production guns.

If Remington really does have the kinks worked out of the production line, they could have a real winner on their hands.