Review: Remington 1911 R1 Ultralight Executive .45ACP
The Remington 1911 R1 Ultralight Executive .45ACP is a well made, good-looking pistol.
The pistol comes with two, 7-round magazines, a barrel bushing wrench and an instruction manual. (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)
After a hiatus of 90 years Remington got back into the 1911 business in 2010. You see, late in World War I the company was contracted to make 1911 pistols for the U.S. Government but the war ended after about 24,000 pistols were made. Not to be confused with Remington Rand, the typewriter company produced some 900,000 1911A1 pistols for the U.S. Government during World War II.
Back to the matter at hand, when Remington got back into the 1911 business they designated the pistol as the 1911 R1. Starting with a military style 5” barreled pistol, Remington has since produced a number of other variations, including pistols for competition and this latest offering, an Officer’s Model style pistol they call the 1911 R1 Ultralight Executive.
My test sample is a nice looking, full-featured pistol featuring a black on black finish offset by grey/black G10 stocks. The frame is aluminum and features a high cut behind the trigger guard, well executed checkering on the front strap and a smooth, roundedmainspring housing. This is how it should be – the frame should be grippy in front, smooth in back and on pistols with an abbreviated frame the butt end should be rounded to avoid digging into the palm.
The slide, barrel and other critical parts are blackened steel in some sort of meteor proof finish Remington calls PVD. The coned, ramped, 3.5” barrel is said to be Match-Grade. Atop the slide sit a nice set of night sights with small dots in back, a big dot in front and a generous U-notch in the rear. The rear sight feature the stylish sharp hook, said to be for one handed slide racking but more useful for ripping into your hand during malfunction clearances. The slide has large serrations where they belong, on the rear of the slide and none on the front.
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