Remington 1911 R1 Review

Remington 1911 R1 45acpFor an early birthday present my wife surprised me with a new Remington 1911 R1. I got the pistol on Thursday (January 5, 2012), over the past couple of  weekends I took the pistol out on 3 different shooting sessions spanning 2 weekends.

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Lets just say that I am not happy with the first impression.  I do not claim to be an expert on the 1911.  But I do know that firearms should have have fail to feeds.  When you pull the trigger, the firearm should work.  If the firearm does not work, something is wrong.  I will leave it up to a qualified gun smith to figure out what is wrong.

First shooting session

The Remington 1911 R1 was disassembled and any excessive grease or oil was wiped off.

To break in the new pistol, I went to the local wal-mart and bought 100 rounds of Remington/UMC 230 JHP, this is the bulk pack of 100 rounds per box. The other box was Winchester 230 grain round nose. The Winchester was also the bulk box

Our of about 100 rounds fired, I had 7 failures. The malfunctions happened with factory supplied magazines.

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Saturday – 5 failures
4 – fails to feeds
1 – the second to the last round locked the slide back, which left the last round sitting there on top of the magazine. For some reason the last round was sitting loose on top of the magazine, instead of being in the magazine.

Disassembled and cleaned the pistol Saturday evening

Sunday – 2 failures
1 – fail to feed
1 – slide locked back on the second to last round.

On the fail to feeds – the round started to enter the chamber, and it was like something stopped the round from going all the way in. When I pulled the round out, the brass had a slight dent, maybe 1/8 wide, and maybe 3/16 – 1/4 inch from the end of the brass, on the bullet end.

I called a buddy of mine that does gun smith work, he said the chamber might need to be polished and the feed ramp buffed? I hope I got that right.

My concern is that if he does anything to the pistol, it will void the warranty.

Overall, I like the accuracy of the Remington 1911 R1, I like how the pistol handles, the trigger has very little creep and I like how it shoots. The second shooting session was doing a double tap – 1 in the chest then 1 in the head. The pistol came right back on target.

Second shooting session

No failures to report

After a posting a couple of threads around the internet, people suggested that the 1911 needs a break in period.  Before I sent the pistol back to Remington for repairs, I decided to take it out again for another shooting session.  This time I fired 4 different types of ammunition:

Remington 230 JHP
Winchester 230 grain FMJ
Federal 230 grain FMJ

When my wife bought the Remington 1911, I picked up a Mec-Gar 8 round magazine.  For this shooting session, I loaded up all three magazines with the same type of ammunition, then fired all three magazines back-to-back.

On this third weekend, out of around 200 rounds fired, I did not have a single malfunction.  Maybe the Remington 1911 R1 needed a break in period?

In the next few weeks I plan on taking the pistol in a river camping trip.  While on this camping trip, I hope to put the Remington R1 though some more paces, maybe get it dirty or muddy, and see how well it works then.

If the pistol has no more problems, I get the feeling I am really going to like the Remington R1.

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