April 15th, 2017, 09:46 AM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: South Charleston, WV
Remington Model 1911 R1
Over the years have had numerous 1911's ranging from Colts, Kimbers, Para Ordnance, SR1911, and for some unknown reason sold or traded all of them.
All were OK, never had a problem with any of them, but being without one for few years seemed un American, so ended up with subject pistol. For those not familiar with the R1 it is the basic model w/ fixed 3 dot sights, no serrations on front of slide, no beavertail on the grip safety, no extended safety lever, just a basic 5" 1911 pistol. Comes with two Rem. mags and typical hard plastic storage case, Remington green of course. First impressions are good for the fit and finish is very nice with what I would call a somewhat subdued dark blue finish and quality walnut checkered grip panels. Slide/frame action is very smooth but the trigger is a bit on the rough side initially then comes to a crisp, sharp let off, the trigger is manageable with practice and may replace in the future?? Sights are Ok for what they are.
Some report that the hammer will bite your web between thumb and trigger finger and going to resolve that issue by carefully grinding of few thousands of the hammer spur. Could have a beavertail installed but that is a much bigger project and careful attention by Dremel will solve the problem and not hurt the pistol in anyway plus it's a no cost plan. I would prefer adjustable sights or better sights and since Novak is only about an hour and a half from me will likely scoot up there on my Kawasaki 14 and replace sights and opt for a somewhat better trigger. Would mention that the barrel muzzle/bushing fit is tight and one of the few 1911's that actually need a wrench to remove, but if you pull slide back a bit that will relieve some of the grip and you can remove by hand, it's a precision fit from what I can tell. Just got the pistol and have not shot it yet and assuming it will go bang when I pull the trigger. My other 45ACP is a Thompson 1927A1 pistol and the thing is super easy to "bump fire" that it eats ammo in short order so having stocked for it have a plentiful supply of ammunition, all hardball not "flying ash trays." I will consider this R1 as a "keeper" providing it gives decent accuracy.