The announcement that Remington would be seriously entering the concealed carry market with the new R51 subcompact handgun surprised some firearms enthusiasts when the news broke to the public a little over a week ago. The R51 is a re-imagining of the Model 51 pocket pistol first released in 1918, which was offered in .32 ACP and .380 ACP variants.

The 2014 R51 upgrades and upguns the original. Chambered in 9mm and rated for +P cartridges, the new subcompact utilizes a version of the “Hesitation lock” action of its predecessor, and has a 7 + 1 capacity. The frame is made of aluminum, while the 3.4-inch-long barrel and slide are composed of stainless steel. An ambidextrous magazine release sits behind the trigger, and a relatively rigid grip safety must be engaged before the gun can be fired.

A left-side view of the Remington R51.
A left-side view of the Remington R51.

The trigger pull comes in around the six-pound mark, but has a surprisingly crisp break. The pistol is a little over 6.5 inches long, slightly taller than 4.5 inches, and one-inch wide. These attractive dimensions are rounded out by an unloaded weight of 22 ounces, and an even more attractive MSRP of $420. A variant outfitted with a Crimson Trace Laser Guard will also be available.

An R51 with a Crimson Trace Laser Guard and AAC suppressor.
An R51 with a Crimson Trace Laser Guard and AAC suppressor.

Though I am not a fan of subcompact handguns—or even most compacts, at that—I was impressed by the price and overall feel of the R51. I may be biased, however, due to my love for all-metal handguns. I’m excited to be able to shoot one and see whether the gun’s recoil is truly as light as its manufacturer claims.

Note added 1-19: This article has been edited to include additional information about the R51.

Images by Matt Korovesis

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7 thoughts on “Remington R51 9mm Subcompact Turns Heads at SHOT Show

  1. Big green caught glock flat footed on this one. Reaching in the past to pull this off. May turn out to be ultimate ccw weapon. cant wait to get my hands on one !

    1. Release date is set for Feb 1 and Remington is trying to have stock to dealers by mid Feb. I think they will pull it off. The way “The Rock” has prepped holster and accessory markets prior to the release makes me think they really have their ducks in a row. This may be one of the best new product releases in years!

      1. still no stock at gungenie and allocated. not much good if you can’t buy one, but do like the concept. my old boss used to say you can’t sell apples from an empty cart.

  2. can’t find one of these for sale at davidsons. do you need a special permit for a surpressor? via atf? doesn’t that require a threaded barrel?

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