Remington R1 45 ACP 1911 Semi-Auto Pistol


by Jeff Quinn

photography by Jeff Quinn & Boge Quinn

October 25th, 2010


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Remington R1 45 ACP 1911 pistol.



Pistol comes with hard case, two magazines, bushing wrench, padlock, and instructions.





Thumb safety (top), grip safety (bottom).









Beveled magazine well.











The 1911 is America’s auto pistol. It has been over a quarter century since the US Military replaced the grand old Forty-Five with the current 9mm Beretta, but the Beretta will never be burned into the hearts and souls of American shooters as is the 1911. Even after being in production for right at one-hundred years, the 1911 is more popular than ever. I do not have any idea as to the number of pistol-makers in the world who are producing the popular pistol design, as the tally changes almost daily. Americans have a fondness for the 1911 pistol that has been unmatched by any other centerfire auto pistol. Just over nine decades ago, the US Government contracted with Remington Arms to produce 1911 pistols for the effort to win “The War to End All Wars”, currently known as World War One. Being as World War Two had not yet been planned, it would have been presumptuous at the time to start numbering them, as the second war was a quarter century away, and we are just now into the first stages of the third. Anyway, Remington produced almost 22,000 1911 pistols before the war came to a celebrated halt in November of 1918, and Remington stopped producing 1911 pistols, until now.

About a year ago, the word got out that Remington was going into the very competitive 1911 pistol business, and a couple of months later, I got to play with one a bit. However, production guns did not start shipping for several months, and I now have a new production Remington R1 1911 pistol here for review. I was pleased upon opening the hard plastic case that the R1 is very well-fitted and finished. I had previously seen a couple of early production pieces that were a bit disappointing as to fit and finish, but this current pistol exceeds my expectations for a 1911 American-made pistol in this price range. The current MSRP is only $699, and they have been selling for less than MSRP, as most firearms do. There has been some flak on internet forums about the use of cast parts in the Remington, but that old cast-versus-forged argument does not hold water. The strongest handguns in the world use cast parts, and cast can be every bit as good or better than forged. It is just two different methods of making a steel part.

The Remington R1 has modern 1911features, while still hanging onto a bit of nostalgia in the cosmetics. The thumb safety looks like one from a decades-old GI pistol, as does the style of the serrations on the slide, the traditional short guide rod, slim grip safety tang, checkered walnut grips, and the style of the slide latch. However, the R1 also has modern touches like a beveled magazine well, stainless steel barrel and bushing, high-visibility three-dot sights dovetailed into the slide, lowered ejection port, throated and polished chamber, and firing pin safety. The R1 seems to blend traditional features with modern touches for a better-shooting pistol, resulting in a good-looking 1911 that is ready for serious work, right out of the box.

Critical specifications are listed in the chart below. Weight is listed in ounces. Linear measurements are listed in inches. Trigger pull is listed as pounds of pressure. Height includes sights and magazine base.

Chambering 45 ACP
Weight with empty magazine 39 oz.
Trigger Pull 4.1 lbs.
Barrel Length 5.068"
Barrel Diameter 0.575"
Overall Height 5.5"
Overall Length 8.62"
Slide Thickness 0.915"
Grip Thickness 1.3"
Trigger Reach 2.56"
Magazine Capacity 7 rounds
Magazines Supplied 2

I tested for velocity with my chronograph set at twelve feet from the muzzle, and an air temperature of seventy-nine degrees Fahrenheit. Velocity readings were taken at an elevation of approximately 541 feet above sea level. Velocities are listed in the chart below, and are listed in feet-per-second (fps). FMJ is a full metal jacket bullet. JHP is a jacketed hollowpoint. DPX is an homogenous copper hollowpoint bullet. Glaser is a specialty pre-fragmented bullet inside a copper alloy jacket. PB is Cor-Bon Pow’RBall. EPR and AF are high performance specialty bullets as loaded by Extreme Shock Ammunition. LWSC is a cast lead semi-wadcutter bullet. Velocities are listed in feet-per-second (fps). Bullet weights are listed in grains.

Ammunition Bullet Weight Velocity
Cor-Bon JHP 200 1121
Cor-Bon JHP 165 1220
Cor-Bon JHP 230 933.3
Cor-Bon DPX 185 1029
Cor-Bon PB 165 1259
Cor-Bon Glaser 145 1232
Buffalo Bore JHP 230 979.9
Buffalo Bore FMJ 230 960
Handload LWSC 200 990.1
Extreme Shock EPR 185 1187
Extreme Shock AF 125 1430
WCC 1911 Ball FMJ 230 789.2

Accuracy was very good. Accuracy testing was done at a distance of twenty-five yards, with the R1 clamped firmly into the Ransom Rest. Group sizes varied from around one and three-quarter inches to just over three inches, depending upon the ammunition tested. Reliability was excellent. I experienced two failures to feed 200 grain semi-wadcutters early in the shooting, within the first twelve rounds. After that, those lead semi-wadcutters, hollowpoints, and ball all fed flawlessly. No other stoppages were experienced. Ejection was positive, with no hang-ups at all. The R1 has all of the safety features built into quality 1911 pistols. The thumb safety is for a right-hander only, but an ambidextrous safety can be fitted, if desired. As mentioned above, the R1 incorporates a firing pin safety to prevent the weapon from discharging if dropped upon its muzzle. The grip safety is automatic, and works as designed. Carried cocked-and-locked, a 1911 pistol is as safe as any mechanical device can be. It is the top choice of many professionals who have the option to carry any sidearm that they desire.

What keeps the 1911 pistol so popular after a century of production, I am not sure. It certainly is a great design, brought forth from the fertile mind of John Browning and inspired by God himself. There have been many excellent centerfire pistol designs developed and produced over the past century, but still, the old 1911 is more popular than ever. Other designs come and go, but the 1911 just keeps getting better. The Remington R1 is a welcome addition to the field of good-quality 1911 pistols on the market, and proves that one does not have to spend a small fortune to buy a good, solid, American-made 1911 45 Auto.

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Jeff Quinn

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Bushing wrench.















Pistol comes with two seven-round magazines.