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an interior or exterior hammer. Instead, there's
an in-line striker that is cocked when the slide
cycles. In the test samples, trigger pressures of
5 lbs., 4 ozs. for the RP9 and 5 lbs., 7 ozs. for
RP45 released the strikers to fire. Safeties, in
the form of an internal drop safety, disconnector and articulated trigger safety, are all passive.
This means that taking up the pistol in a firing
grasp and placing your finger on the trigger
readies the gun for firing-no further conscious
effort is needed.
My subjective impression of these pistols is
pretty positive. They are big and on the heavy
side, but they performed well with only a few
failures to chamber early in testing. It is possible
that these new Remingtons mimic the performance of several other modern polymer and steel
service guns in that they benefit strongly from a
few hundred rounds of break-in.
The RP-series Remingtons seem to recoil a bit
more noticeably than many of their contemporaries. I think I can offer a bit of insight as to
why. The pistol's weight-in either chambering-
is quoted as 26 ozs. in the provided specifications. It's actually closer to 29 ozs. according to

my office scale. This is not far from the norm.
It is the weight of an RP pistol with an empty
magazine. The slide assembly alone-including
the barrel, recoil spring and guide-weighs just
over 18 ozs., or more than twice the weight of
the frame. That disparity becomes readily apparent as the gun is fired and the magazine becomes
empty. Why? Because the weight of a full payload
of .45 ACP cartridges is more than 11 ozs., and
it's more than 7 ozs. for the 9 mm Luger.
So, the more the gun is fired, and the
lighter it gets, the more pronounced its recoil
becomes. I noticed this when I did the accuracy
portion of the exercise, shooting from benched
sandbags. These observations should not be
construed as criticism of the Remingtons, as all
semi-automatic pistols have the same characteristic. Actually, it is true of all repeating
small arms. In the case of the Remington RP
series, it is just a little more noticeable because
of the weight disparity between the receiver
and the recoiling slide assembly.
At the range, I did some informal plinking
with mixed loads before going to the standard
accuracy evaluation with five consecutive,


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