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The flat mainspring housing, double diamond grips and good sights helped make this a fun pistol. The 1911 R1 would make a good base gun for any custom build. it showed good attention to detail. ’ Remington s Randy DeHay 1911 ri The retro-Remington 1911 R1 looks right at home in a “wild bunch” cowboy holster. 50 looks like a 1911, acts like a 1911 but Remington calls theirs the 1911 R1. A Retro Fun - gun ! P assing the 100th anniversary of the 1911, we’ve been seeing all kinds of improvements to the 1911. In the last 40 years, custom gunsmiths have made wonderful advancements to the pistol, making it one of the most proven pistol platforms known to man. And now Remington, a company known not for pistols, but more for making outstanding rifles and shotguns, has thrown their hat into the ring. Their version of John Browning’s gun is not full of the latest bells and whistles, but a handsome looking retro throw back from the first half of the 20th century. When I took the pistol out of the box, I immediately had a flash back from the Special Forces Weapons Course. The memory was not a good one; the G.I. 1911 was one of the guns we learned to employ, maintain and fix. They rattled, their sharp edges would cut you, they did not function all too well, you couldn’t hit jack squat … also they smelled old. So, I gave the pistol a shake — cliché I know — but the slide and frame were fitted quite well and no rattle greeted me. After checking the gun for clear, I WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JANUARY/FEBRUARY2012

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