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    Well, it is indeed Thursday, and I just got back from the range. I took three handguns, so may as well cover the lot. Unfortunately, no pictures yet, I have to borrow a camera next trip. Anyway, I had 150 rounds of 230 grain ball for the Remington R1. My buddy and I took turns loading magazines and shooting strings. He is an LEO and has younger eyes to boot, so it was good to have him along. Both of us really loved shooting the R1. Neither one of us are 1911 guys per se, but after today that may be changing. We weren't target shooting by any means, but combat accuracy at 20 and 30 feet was a breeze, both one and two handed. The three dot white sights worked well for my old eyes and the way they are set up with a slight "gap" showing on either side of the front dot when centered between the rear dots made for quick lineup of the next shot (again, we weren't target shooting). Being new, the Remington felt tight as it should, the trigger was good and surprisingly smooth, and the cycling had a very quick and precise feel to it. There were no problems whatever and the 150 rounds went pretty quickly I'll get more ammo next time. All and all, Eli and buddy give the Remi two thumbs up for a bare bones fun to shoot 1911. The only comment my buddy made was that the magazine well could be better "shaped" for rapid reloads. Please remember we ain't 1911 literate, so probably most any brand would have made our corks bob! Could just be those big bullets. I also took my S@W 686+ 7 shot 3"bbl. .357 magnum. I had one cylinder full of 125 Corbon DPX which is my SD round for that gun, and a box of 158 grain semi-metal jacket .38s. I recently put a set of Hogue deep finger groove checkered Cocobolo square butt grips, replacing the factory combat rubber with something nicer to look at. I wondered how the grips would work and they were great!
    There is just something cool about a firearm firing a potent cartridge with minimal muss and fuss. The "hot" load kicked of course, but the deep finger grooves in the grip and the weight of the gun made it actually pleasant to shoot (really). The .38s turned in the best groups we had, but as we were shooting double action weren't none to brag on. ALL of the rounds we fired today were well within the "that's gotta hurt" zone. Lastly, I had my Stoeger Cougar 9mm and a box of range American Eagles. I recently added a Hogue Handall rubber sleeve with finger grooves to the gun to help tame some of the muzzle flip and make it feel a bit more like my 92FS. That too, worked great, and after the two big bores, well, spraying 9mms just seemed like the right thing to do. All in all, a great day with a lifelong buddy and three nice handguns. Oh yeah, and the range guys were very friendly and courteous! I will keep up to date on the Remington R1, probably take 200 rounds and just that gun next trip! Regards,
    Eli

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    Be careful Eli. That 1911 bug bites hard. Good to hear your new R1 performed well. It sure does appear to be a great buy for the money and great starting effort for Remington to get back into the 1911 business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EliWolfe View Post
    For me it was the fit and finish of the Remington, as well as the price. I wanted a 1911 that was "different" than the Colts and Springers I have fired over the years. And since Remington made the 1911 during WW2, the lineage is good historically. Gun guy buys don't always make sense , it is just a personal thing, and to each his own!
    Eli
    PS...I will attempt to post some pics in the near future.
    Since you are now officially in the '1911 Club,' let me clear up a slight technicality...no big deal, but some 1911ers are real picky about such things.

    Remington actually built some of the early 1911's, for WWI, but they didn't build any of the WWII guns. Those were actually built by Remington Rand, an unaffiliated typewriter building company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bisley View Post
    Since you are now officially in the '1911 Club,' let me clear up a slight technicality...no big deal, but some 1911ers are real picky about such things.

    Remington actually built some of the early 1911's, for WWI, but they didn't build any of the WWII guns. Those were actually built by Remington Rand, an unaffiliated typewriter building company.
    Donkey shine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvdesert View Post
    Be careful Eli. That 1911 bug bites hard. Good to hear your new R1 performed well. It sure does appear to be a great buy for the money and great starting effort for Remington to get back into the 1911 business.
    Yes, I could feel some "evil twin" thoughts creeping in at the range. I mean, who has just ONE 1911!
    Eli

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    Eli,
    Glad you got to the range with your 1911R1. The weather here has not been conducive for me to go. Nothing but snow and cold weather. My R1 has been cleaned and oiled since my initial post and ready to roll when the weather cooperates. In the meantime I've picked up a shoulder holster for it and a replica cav holster both from Sportsmens Guide for it. Also got a spare Remington mag.
    Hope I have the same luck with mine that you had with yours.

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    Thumbs up

    Finally got to the range this past Fri. It was cold, windy and a mix of mud and ice. Not the most favorable conditions. Couldn't wait to get some rounds thru it and get back in the car to warm up.
    Worked flawless with all three mags (Rem's). Only shot 50 rds thru it (just enough to get it dirty) Couldn't get with the program for accuracy (weather was just too darn cold to get serious). I will say on a standard FBI target at 30' all the K values scored high.
    Field stripped it yesterday and did not see any noticeable wear or problems. I 'can' wait for more favorable weather and look forward to shooting it some more.

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    That's great to hear. I'm glad ya like it.

    Can't believe ya waited this long to shoot it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    That's great to hear. I'm glad ya like it.

    Can't believe ya waited this long to shoot it
    As we speak it's AGAIN snowing and blowing! Will this ever end?

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    The first Remington I ever fired was assigned to me at the 1st Marine Brigade, in Hawaii, back in 1982. It stayed in the armory, rattled worse than a rattlesnake, and was dead on accurate. A hold over from WWII I'm sure, but what a sweet gun. Then there was that old Singer tooo......

    Enjoy your .45, own many, shoot often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy charlie View Post
    As we speak it's AGAIN snowing and blowing! Will this ever end?
    Well son, I am on vacation in Bonita Springs FLA and while it is a pleasant 78 with a breeze off the gulf, I've neen here 5 weeks and I MISS MY FREAKIN' HANDUNS!!! Good luck with your weather, I am headed back to Indiana end of month.
    Eli

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    I bought myself a R1 this past October and love it. 250 rounds through it with no problem. The only thing I dropped in is a Wilson Combat 18# spring to handle +P rounds. I did shoot +P already with the original spring with no issues. I have not shot it yet with the 18# spring yet. I also put a a pair of VZ alien grips. I like the kiss theory and planning to carry it as my duty weapon next year. I also use CMC mags too with no issues.

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