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Posted: 5/7/2004 1:02:58 PM EST
I read an article a while back on the Remington Model 51 pistol. Sounded like a pretty damn neat piece. Had the chance to handle one at a gun show a few months back and ZANG! I would call that little beauty ahead of it's time. Low to the hand, fit damn nice and appeared to be very well made. So I've read about em', handled it, but haven't had a chance to shoot one and don't know how they are for reliability, preferred ammo, and what-not.

Anybody have some first hand experience? Do they handle the broad spectrum of different bullet designs? Accuracy? Any quirks or hang ups?

TIA

Sly
Link Posted: 5/7/2004 1:47:14 PM EST

They were last made in 1935 so parts and magazines could be a problem. General Patton had one. I think it had pearl grip stocks.
Link Posted: 5/7/2004 5:21:35 PM EST
Pearl grips? Oh yeah, for his pimp gun.
Link Posted: 5/7/2004 8:09:09 PM EST
Despite everything written about him bashing them, he owned them. You can't believe everything in the movies or what the "experts" say after they see a movie.
Link Posted: 5/10/2004 5:06:46 AM EST

By Robert2011: They were last made in 1935 so parts and magazines could be a problem. General Patton had one. I think it had pearl grip stocks.


Thanks for the information, I knew they were made a long time ago. Since it's been so long I'm betting it'll be a bitch for me to find some aftermarket white pearlescent grips to go with it for a night on the town.... Oh well.

Sly
Link Posted: 5/10/2004 8:40:41 AM EST
Does this look something like a 1911? If it is, I shot one of those things, OUCH! That gun sure has a real snappy recoil which is probably due to direct blow back locking design.
Link Posted: 5/10/2004 11:08:40 AM EST
Yes, I have a couple of Remington 51s. They are neat. Best features are the overall thinness and the low bore axis. Mine work fine, albeit they are only used occasionally for fun, and they are fed factory ball ammo. Recoil is not harsh, but certainly not what I would consider light either.

They are nothing like a 1911... (I suppose the Colt Pocket Model 1903 is what this reference was alluding to).

Other off-hand observatons:
Sights are very tiny and almost invisible to my aging eyes.
When you come across these little jewels at a gunshow, it is very common for the original grips (hard-rubber or plastic) to have hair-line cracks. Something to look out for.

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