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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

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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


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