R51 Gen2 from Remington


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Phil White over at the Firearm Blog reviews the new R51, Gen 2.

Breaking:Remington Announces The New R51 Gen 2 Now For Sale At Your Local Gunshop

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While we are all very familiar with the problems of the R51 over the last couple of years I’ve made every effort to stay on top of the situation. Several writers actually had a meeting with the CEO last December during the new plant tour and talked extensively about the efforts toward redesigning the previous Gen1.

Since the time of the first version difficulties there have been two teams of engineers working on a top to bottom redesign of the R51 and basically starting from scratch using the first R51 gen1 as the basis of the redesign. I was privy at the time of watching some of the first Gen 2 R51’s being assembled. These Gen 2 guns would not be available for some time because a good number would be used to further test these production models to ensure they would work as designed and advertised. To quote the CEO “it will be the most throughly tested handgun ever”. Knowing what was at stake they did a LOT of testing and fired many thousands if not hundreds of thousands of rounds during the redesign as well as tweaking the Gen 2 as the redesign progressed.

The first priority was taking care of those customers who purchased the gen 1 and getting the gen 2 sent out first before any guns would be sent out for general sale. That process was completed and the guns are now shipping to distributors and gun shops around the country. My new R51 sample was received last Thursday. I’ll be testing it like I’ve never tested another pistol prior to writing it up. Because of travel plans to cover another story I was only able to fire 100 rounds so far but everything went well with no malfunctions. Many more rounds will go downrange before I post the results. I plan on shooting 1000 rounds total.

Now I know some will hold a grudge and no matter what the outcome those few will still talk it down. I’m reserving judgement and being as far to Remington and our readers as possible. Let the chips fall where they may because my ultimate responsibility is to our TFB readers.

Now then as I said the Gen 2 will be available this coming week for general sales. The price hasn’t changed from the original and includes a second Crimson Trace version.

This was just released over the weekend from Remington:

Remington Now Delivering the Re-Engineered, From the Ground Up, Model R51 Sub Compact Pistol

Huntsville, AL – Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) is proud to announce today that the R51 has returned to the market. The new enhanced Model R51 is aconcealed carry pistol based on the Pedersen design, heritage and memorable features of the original Remington Model 51.

Re-engineered from the ground up and extensively tested to deliver utmost reliability, the perfected R51 gets you on target faster and more intuitively than any other subcompact on the market. Add to that its dramatically reduced felt recoil and muzzle flip, and it’s exactly what you need to perform at your best when things are at their worst.

The R51 sub compact pistol features a lightweight aluminum frame with rounded edges for comfortable conceal carry, grip safety, low bore axis for reduced recoil/muzzle flip,concealed carry trigger (light/crisp/single action), light slide racking-force for ease of manipulation, ambidextrous magazine release, locking drift adjustable sights and optimized grip angle – making it extremely easy to point and shoot.

New enhancements on the Model R51 include superior slide performance with updated internals, precision-engineered extractor, locking snag-free sights, finely-tuned recoilspring, hard chromed barrel bushing, top-end single action trigger and two semi-flush 7 + 1 round magazine.

The Remington Model R51 is available chambered in 9mm Luger +P with a suggested retail price

of $448.00. In addition, the Model R51CT features a Crimson Trace laser sight with a suggested retail price of $648.00.


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10 Things Criminals Look For in an Easy Target


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This is an excellent tip list provided by the NRA.  It includes the most common ways to prevent becoming a victim.

Wrongdoers often look for opportunity and vulnerability when selecting their victims. NRA’s Refuse to Be a Victim outlines 10 ways criminals pick out easy targets.

Source: 10 Things Criminals Look For in an Easy Target


I am Woman. I Bought a Gun.

This is an excellent article, please take time to read it.

This Crazy Little Farm

I bought a gun today.

I took my ten-year old daughter with me.

When I learned that my trusty old revolver -the one I am comfortable with, the one that has few moving parts, the one that fits my hand just right- well, when I learned that it might not be the best gun for a woman to become too comfortable with, and that the instructor of the class I’d signed up for wasn’t excited about having me use it over a semi-auto…

I looked down at sweet my daughter, -patient and holding Mama’s cell phone and keys at the gun counter- and I decided that I’d move out of my comfort zone just like my girl does all the time with her many 4-H projects.

I decided to follow her example and step out of my box and push myself to learn-by-doing just like any good 4-H’er knows is the…

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Warning!  Some of the pictures on this blog from Gabe Suarez may be disturbing to some of my readers.  But, then again, all you have to do is turn on the news these days to feel disturbed at the violence this world faces.

Look at the image above. See the hard plates worn by the terrorist Johnson in Dallas? If you shoot that with a handgun or rifle, it will have no effect whatsoever. Its is 2016 and with new developments and observations of the SOP of our enemies the terrorists, new paradigms must be established, and new skills to meet the new requirements must be developed and practiced. I don’t want to hear from guys who are still thinking it is 1985 and want to play the odds against the broken bottle armed punk in the alley with their J-Frame and five shots. Times have changed and our methods must adapt or be crushed by the wheels of history. The New Paradigm Today we must assume any adversary is wearing body armor…and in some cases a bomb vest. We all recall James Holmes, the movie-theater shooter in Aurora, Colorado. He wore, according to sources, “a ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest, ballistic leggings, a throat protector, and a groin protector.” And we get vague reports from LE about the San Bernardino Terrorists…


What Does “Unarmed” Mean Anyway?

As many have said before me, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Violence is violence.

Gun Culture 2.0

Without directly engaging the issue of police bias or excessive use of force (about which I do not know enough to engage intelligently), I do want to address the issue of people being “unarmed” at the time of their encounters with law enforcement officers.

People often declare “the victim was unarmed at the time” to suggest that lethal force was not justified. But one of my best friends is an expert in the martial arts and could certainly kill me with his bare hands very quickly if he wanted to (not to mention his rattan sticks).

I have already addressed this issue in terms of citizen self-defense, but was reminded of it today when I saw a story about an Iowa father who was killed with one punch to the head by a (seemingly) random stranger: “De Moines man dies after single punch.”

Photo Credit: De Moines Register Photo Credit: De Moines Register


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More on Crimson Trace Advertising and Gender

It is truly amazing how much advertising influences our opinions and ideas…

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I recently wrote about Crimson Trace’s interesting banner at the NRA annual meeting in Louisville. The banner depicted 5 individuals using guns with Crimson Trace lasers to defend themselves. A majority (3 of the 5) were female, reflecting Crimson Trace’s heavy marketing to women. And yet the body language of the men depicted (leaning in aggressively) was very different than the women (leaning back defensively). I found that noteworthy as gun culture continues to attempt to bring more women into the fold.

This was fresh in my mind while I was going through some old gun magazines recently, again looking at the advertising more than the content. I was struck by a pair of ads run by Crimson Trace in The American Rifleman in 2009.

In February 2009, the following ad appeared:


And in April 2009, its apparent twin:


The first thing that struck me about both of these ads…

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Mindset and Decision Making


Then I guess it will just be time for him and me to be with Jesus.

Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics related a mind-boggling story recently about one form of mindset. He posed questions to some friends in the context of encountering two burglars in their home. The concept of giving scenarios and asking people questions about their anticipated reactions is often far more effective than pontificating about what they ‘need’ to do.

The friends are a couple who have a 10 year old son. The wife is a petite woman who is a practitioner of boxing; good for her. What Caleb did was to posit a scenario of initial violence and asked her what she would do. She replied she would fight them. Since the scenario was two burglars whose combined weight was three to four times hers, he continued escalating the scenario in his questions. In the event…

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