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THE KEEFE REPORT ORIGINAL REMINGTON MODEL 51 SECTIONAL VIEW I t's not often a company gets a second chance at a firearm introduction. Soft launches, sure; but bringing a gun back after a recall in the age of Internet jackals looking to make a name for themselves? Good luck with that. But that is exactly what Remington is facing with its reintroduction of the R51 pistol. We had never seen such a major launch botched in this age of opinions spreading faster than the bubonic plague in medieval Calais. If the new R51 is to be a success, here's the first clue: The guns have to work, and they have to work flawlessly. They can't function only when fed specific loads, and they can't fail with just a hint of a limp wrist or an improper grip. No one will blame the shooter for lacking fundamentals. They will blame the gun. The R51 is unusual because it's the first gun since the John D. Pedersendesigned Model 51 was discontinued in 1935 to use his hesitation lock, which allows a gun that is lighter and thinner than comparably powered guns. It was that kind of thinking that placed Pedersen alongside two even more significant contemporaries named John- as in Browning and Garand. But when Remington scaled up Pedersen's design up to take the pressures and power of the 9 mm Luger cartidge, the pre-production, handtuned guns that went out to some within the firearm press worked very well. But in production, the company could not make all of them work all the time. Remington's engineers have made some alterations to the guts of 8 OCTOBER 2016 the gun, changing angles and cam surfaces, to make sure it works. Modern software used by engineers greatly reduces the time it takes to design and produce a new gun. Computer modeling predicts stress points, wear, fatigue, etc., but that is with a simulated gun working with simulated materials in a, well, simulation. You can learn some things, yes, but not everything. And not in the real world. These days, success and profitability are determined by the number of guns sold at the peak of consumer interest, therefore mass production now occurs quickly in order to ensure that new guns are available right as potential customers wants them-supply when you have serious demand. Remington knows it had a serious problem on its hands. You find out just how good a company's corporate character really is when you, as a consumer, have a problem. Customers who sent their R51s back are getting some accessories thrown in that do not usually come with new guns. And they received replacement guns before the gun press did. And a substantial number of gun owners who liked the R51 enough on first blush decided to wait and see what would happen. Will the new guns work the way they should? I believe the R51 has a legitimate second chance because its lines, ergonomics and handling are very good for a gun of its chambering in the eyes of those seeking a small, controllable, carry-friendly 9 mm. Remington has a lot riding on this. It's a second chance the firearm market seldom gives. No company is flawless, nor is any particular design. But, this time around, the R51 had better be so close that no one can tell the difference. Sincerely, AMERICAN RIFLEMAN http://www.themakogroup.com/meprolight

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