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General Discussion / Re: Remington out of bankruptcy
« on: May 23, 2018, 12:49:37 AM »
I'd say they aren't out of the woods yet and they have little or no margin for error.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Great Deal on R51s
« on: May 02, 2018, 01:23:14 AM »
Wow.  $260!  The R51 gives you a lot of pistol for that small price.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Magazine Drop
« on: April 26, 2018, 07:26:03 AM »
Having magazines drop out of the frame was one of the primary complaints of Gen 1 pistols.

I had the mag fall out twice on my first range day with my Gen 2.  I'm fairly certain the magazines were properly seated and that I wasn't pressing the mag release.  I was so worried i had a lemon, but it hasn't happened since.  I haven't performed any magazine mods and I shot it all winter in leagues.

Good luck.

R51 General Discussion / Re: R51 threaded barrel and suppressor!
« on: March 28, 2018, 11:23:14 PM »
Not THAT'S what I'm talkin' about.  That is WAY cool.

I can't wait to hear how it goes (or not hear how it goes).

I'd really like to get one of those, but for now supressors and everything else involved with purchasing them puts them out of my price range.  I was hoping there was some steam building to streamline the process in the name of saving hearing loss, but all that momentum has gone the way of the dodo.

R51 General Discussion / Re: range on sunday
« on: March 16, 2018, 06:21:05 AM »
As you've seen in other posts, some have modified the magazine followers.  Others have fiddled with the feed lips.  Magazine performance seems to be miss and hit.

Before you send your gun in, you might try either of these hacks, or report your problems to Remington and see if they will send you new mags (or both).

Otherwise, sometimes it just takes time to break in.  I made the mistake of not giving mine a thorough cleaning before taking it to the range for the first time and had a similar experience.  Subsequent cleanings and range sessions have improved the performance to the point where stovepipes or nose dives are very rare.  (I'd say they were gone, but I had one a couple of weeks ago.) 

R51 General Discussion / Re: Barrel Thread Pitch
« on: March 16, 2018, 06:13:46 AM »
Yes, that is SOOO cool.

R51 General Discussion / Re: "Guests"
« on: February 27, 2018, 01:52:25 AM »
Regarding the sale of R51's, they are practically giving them away (have patience) on Gunbroker.

I would be  reluctant to buy a used R51 as the lifetime warranty does not transfer.  Magazine issues aside, some members here - who do like their R51s and don't trash them - have had significant problems to the point where the pistols needed to be sent back in for service or replacement.  I don't know if the Gen 2 repair/replacement rate is any higher than other brands and models, but I wouldn't want to pay that bill out of pocket.

I like my R51 as well and have been shooting it a bunch this winter, but for me - personally - I'm glad I have a warranty to back me up in case something goes wrong.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Catch up on old topic. Mag ,mods
« on: February 26, 2018, 03:21:53 AM »
I use Ed's Red.  It's interesting to me from a historic perspective.  Ed's Red uses currently available materials to re-create a cleaning formula from Hatcher's Notebook, which itself is re-creating a formula supposedly from a military arsenal (Frankford Arsenal).  When I track it down, it's actually a formula going back to pre-WWI.

Peace favor your sword,

Its goona be hard tracking down the Sperm Oil referenced in your recipe link.  In fact, the government will probably start tracking me now because I mentioned sperm oil in this post. 

What do you use for a substitute?

General Discussion / Re: Remington Faces Default
« on: February 13, 2018, 11:27:26 PM »
Remington Outdoors Company includes Bushmaster, DPMS, Remington and Marlin.  And Remington Outdoors is in turn owned by Cerberus Capital Management.

I just assumed that when Remington was filing for Chapter 11, that it was because Remington "Firearms" was hurting.  I hadn't thought to consider what portion of Remington Outdoors' financial problems belongs to Bushmaster, DPMS, or Marlin.

Cerberus will give up that ownership once restructuring is complete.  It will be interesting to see what happens to all 4 brands.

General Discussion / Re: Remington Faces Default
« on: February 13, 2018, 01:21:10 AM »
I hope the new management team knows how to run a firearms company.

General Discussion / Re: Remington Faces Default
« on: February 09, 2018, 07:40:27 AM »
So much for the lifetime warranty.

R51 General Discussion / Re: "Guests"
« on: February 06, 2018, 07:57:20 AM »
I think the amount of "feedback" you get is a function of whether or not you disclose your intent to purchase.

Whenever I asked a clerk what he knew about the R51, their comments ranged from "only heard bad things about it" to "absolute POS."  One big box guy admitted to selling one, but not getting any feedback regarding that particular purchase.

When I went in to buy my R51, it was at a small shop, I knew the pistol was in stock, and I asked for it straight away.  As the purchase proceeded I tried to get his opinion, but he didn't have much to say good or bad.  The customer is always right.

I'm glad I didn't listen to those counter blokes and paid close attention to what the folks on this site had to say.

R51 General Discussion / Re: "Guests"
« on: February 06, 2018, 01:08:09 AM »
When you say swallow the hook, are you talking about joining the forum or purchasing an R51?

It takes a certain amount of fortitude to buy an R51 over-the-counter when a high percentage of the sales staff - in big box and small shops - tell you that they are junk.  You have to be willing to accept their derision.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Magazine spring and follower
« on: January 30, 2018, 08:00:17 AM »
Lube seems to be pretty important too.

Previously I ran between 200 and 250 rounds of American Eagle through mine without any failures or cleaning.  Then I cleaned the gun and was careful not to over-lube it, which is to say, it was probably under-lubed.

For the purpose of these range sessions, I am only putting 5 in the mag, so when the gun is running well I can use the slide lock lever to release the slide.  With reduced pressure on the spring and proper lubrication, the slingshot method isn't necessary.

Last night, when the gun was a bit dry, there were plenty of instances where the slide would get hung up and need a bit of a boost to close when I was manipulating the slide lock lever.  I also had 3 stovepipes out of 20 mags.  The failure always occurred on the last round.

So I'll clean it again tonight, grease 'er up good, and let you know how it goes next week.  Otherwise, my mags seem to be holding their own.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Barrel Thread Pitch
« on: January 25, 2018, 07:14:44 AM »
Looks like we're going to do a first run of 25 pieces, anyone interested? Working through pricing and marketing right now.

Yes, I'm certainly curious.

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