Remington Model 51

The big news today is the launch of the Remington Model 51, a single stack 9mm designed for self-defense and concealed carry. Big Green’s pistol division, based out of North Carolina is dropping the first original pistol design from Remington in…quite some time.

Remington Model 51 Mock-up
Remington Model 51 Mock-up

Here are the vital stats on the gun:

  • Weight: 20 ounces
  • Operation: Single action, delayed blowback
  • Barrel length: 3.4 inches
  • Capacity: 7+1
  • MSRP: $389

I first saw this gun in November at NASGW. One of the first accessories available for the gun will be a Crimson Trace LaserGuard, which you can see depicted on the mock-up pistol in the image. I’d like to say that I’m cautiously excited for this pistol, simply because it’s nice to see something new on the market when it comes to defensive handguns.

As with any new gun, the most important factor in success will be availability. Remington has already said that the new Model 51 won’t ship until February, but when it does there should already be holsters available from big name manufacturers such as Galco and Comp-Tac. It remains to be seen if Remington will be able to ape the success of Ruger or S&W when they launched the SR9 or the Shield – guns were shipping the day of the announcement in those cases, eliminating the potentially dangerous enthusiasm gap.

Truth be told, with an MSRP of under $400, I can’t think of a good reason to not buy the Remington Model 51, even if just for curiosity’s sake. A single stack, single action defensive pistol with an aluminum frame and an internal is so obscure it’s practically wearing thick rimmed glasses and a mustache. Perhaps the intended market of the new Model 51 isn’t gun enthusiasts, but rather gun hipsters. “My carry gun? Oh, it’s a Remington 51, you probably haven’t heard of it.”

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8 Comments

  1. Rogue Male says

    “Draw your PPK from Q, er, R on your way out, 007…”

  2. LHS says

    It certainly looks like it has potential, but that assumes Big Green doesn’t murder it with corner-cutting and crappy QC…

  3. John says

    Wow…a relaunch of the model 51 could indeed be a cool pistola…But I’ll hold off on running to the fun store for one until I see how they do.

  4. keads says

    Well it seems that Para Ordinance in Pineville NC are making them as far as I know right now. That is troubling.

  5. Sian says

    Peterson action, so it’s licking delayed blowback with a fixed barrel. the breechface moves slightly independent from the slide. Neat engineering.

  6. Jesse Mrozowski says

    It is heavier and marginally wider then my current choice for single stack slim lined 9mm pistol guns but with that price tag and that unique action I’m tempted to buy it just for the sake of curiosity. I’ve never owned a gun with a delayed blowback action. I do really like the ambi mag release though. At the very least I’m going to need to fondle and shoot one.

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