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Is up over at Guns & Ammo online. Since there’s probably a pretty fat chance of me receiving one of these for testing and evaluation, AND because I’d prefer to spend my heavily dwindled cash supply in other places instead of purchasing a Remington R1 Carry for review, I’ll defer to the Guns & Ammo guys’ review of this handgun.

That said, after getting to shoot the Remington 1911 R1s (Stainless) at SHOT Show media day last year, I’m hoping I’ll get the chance to fire a few rounds through this Commander sized 1911 offering from the cats in Ilion, NY. Both the R1 and the R1 Enhanced were pretty big wins for Remington in my book.


6 Responses to Remington R1 Carry Review

  1. I always enjoy your reviews. I would have preferred to hear your perspective on this handgun. On a side note, do you find that magazine reviews are critical enough? I would think that a magazine like Guns And Ammo would be effected by advertising money… Thanks for a great blog.

    • Ebbs says:

      No you’re right, Chad. I definitely wouldn’t consider most gun rag reviews to be completely fair and objective. They’re essentially paid by most of the companies they do gun reviews for, so if you get too cruel with the meal ticket, then there’s a chance your meal won’t be there when you get back. (which is could be why it’s getting tougher for me to get guns in for review than it was a year ago :( )

      I’ve found that the most discerning gun companies, some that are maybe not as well known, appreciate the comprehensive and honest review so they know how to improve the next version. That said, I do like Patrick Sweeney, the writer who reviewed the R1 Carry. And in fairness to Patrick, he was a bit harsh on the melded area around the mainspring housing and even moreso about the fit of the grip safety to the frame. Too bad his pictures didn’t do a better job of showing his criticisms.

    • Ebbs says:

      I should also note that he didn’t do much to talk about the price point, which from what I understand falls in SUBSTANTIALLY higher than the other R1 models at around $1100 or $1200. Bottom line, if it’s priced like a Kimber CDP II pistol, it better act like one.

      • Eric says:

        I hope it DOESN’T act like a Kimber, i.e. it needs 300-600 rounds before it functions properly and other assorted build quality issues.

        Kimber is like Bose, they trade on a reputation they haven’t had in decades, it’s all about the marketing.

  2. Exactly, I was actually not surprised that he didn’t list the price. Good points all around Ebbs. Thanks for the reply.

  3. Solomon says:

    When the Remington induced its “R1” standard 1911 I went to at least four different gun stores to compart prices and produces. In each product inspected I discovered that the barrels were nearly worn out on a brand new firearm.

    When Remington induced its “R1 Carry” 1911 I returned to the same four different gun stores to compart prices and produces. In each product inspected I discovered that the barrels were nearly worn out on a brand new firearm.

    i recommend that each reader perform a throat wear test for yourself before transferring your hard earned money.

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