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Remington 1911 R1 Enhanced Review at Gunsite

by Eric R. Poole   |  August 4th, 2011 35

Remington 1911 R1 EnhancedIt may not sound like much of a challenge, but 500 rounds fired in the dusty high altitude of Paulden, Ari., at the famed Gunsite Academy is more than enough to break-in a pistol, and the hardcore training only adds to the probability that something unusual will occur at the most unlikely moment. Recently, Eric Poole and Jason Teague set out for a Remington 1911 R1 Enhanced review at Gunsite, firing Remington’s newest handgun for an entire week with no cleaning, no oils and hopefully no malfunctions.

Poole fired the first 490 rounds before grabbing his video camera and handing off his Remington to Teague to fire the last 10 rounds. The 500th round was captured on tape. Would the Remington 1911 R1 Enhanced keep running? Find out in this exclusive clip.


  • Gun Guy

    Awesome! Always good to see a reliable handgun. Plus the R1 is affordable.

    • redtail

      When are they coming out with a brushed SS model.?

  • BigEric

    Great stuff, but you really need a dead cat on that mic.

  • Eric R. Poole

    Yeah, it could have sounded a bit better with a mic. I became so impressed with the reliability of this pistol that Jason and I just decided to capture the moment of the 500th round count on video. By chance, I just happen to have my wife's video camera and we thought that a YouTube-quality video would be more interesting to Web users than no video at all. So, forgive the sound if you will. I'm looking into obtaining a microphone for future vids.

    Best,

    Eric

    Eric R. Poole, Editor

    SIP Division, InterMedia Outdoors

    • Jim Macklin

      Besides the ammo being Remington, what loads was it?

      • Eric R. Poole

        We used Remington's new 230-grain nickel-case UMC. About 25 (or so) rounds were Remington frangible for the training in Gunsite's Playhouse.

        Best,

        Eric

        Eric R. Poole, Editor

        SIP Division, InterMedia Outdoors

  • Eric R. Poole

    Check out the full feature article in the next issue of Shooting Times Personal Defense on newsstands 9/27/2011.

  • B. BARNEY

    NOW IF WE CAN GET RUGER TO ENHANCE THEIR R1911 !

    • Joseph DAndrea

      Probably never happen. I call my Rugers ugly sticks. They work all the time not matter what they just don't look pretty doing it.

  • John

    It is bad for a 1911 to drop the slide on an empty chamber. The slide should be lowered slowly.

    • Eric R. Poole

      Fact is, most people will drop the slide regardless of the pistol's condition. For that reason, we don't baby our the guns used in testing. Good advice for the person purchasing one for keeps. After testing was done and I got home, I purchased this pistol for myself. It certainly proved it's worth to me. I hope that more people will take their carry guns to a place like Gunsite and see what their primary carry gun is actually capable of. This is the third time I've done this test, and I'm always surprised to learn something I need to improve about myself or the pistol I'd never see outside of intense training.

      Best,

      Eric

      Eric R. Poole, Editor

      SIP Division, InterMedia Outdoors

  • BJ

    Good job guys! Thanks for taking the time to video and post your test. Just bought a 1911 R1 myself and just beginning to put the first rounds through it. No problems right out of the box!

  • Jim Macklin

    It's a good thing the R1, even the Enhanced version, is "affordable" because 500 rounds of the recommended carry ammo, to prove the gun works with 23- JHP+P, or 185 JHP+P, or what ever ammo is your choice adds $500 to the cost of qualifying the gun.

    Some might carry handloads, but many seem to recommend only factory loads for carry/self-defense.

    The fact is that 50% of the gun buyers will go home, load the gun and carry it to the range and fire one or two magazines. They won't bother to field strip and clean the factory lube or use a quality lube on the critical points.

    The truth is that modern CNC machines can build a gun that works, out of the box, without a trip to a gunsmith who will polish the feed ramp and throat.

    Glad Remington, Ruger and Springfield Armory are building 1911s at a price and with "necessary" improvements learned over the last 50 years, post WWII.

    • Earl

      I agree, I just got a Sig 1911 C3 with night sights and a laser grip. Beautiful gun. Brought it home, wiped the factory lube off and redid it it it with Frog Lube. Took it to the indoor range and ran about 125 mixed rounds thru it. Nary a quibble. Love that pistol. Would like to do your 500 round test but that will have to wait until spring. By then I will likely have way more rounds thru it. The machine work on the C3 is inspiring. No tool marks, nothing. The wonders of modern technology. I would get the R1 enhanced if it was stainless. Just a thing I have.

  • Joseph DAndrea

    That is a purdy 1911, Might just buy one. It's a shame I never even heard of gunsite before I moved out of Arizona, missed a great opportunity. One thing I will say is the problem with failure drills is you know it's coming. They should pre-load your mags and run you through shooting drills. Some mags all with good bullets but every once in a while slip in a dummy round. For Jim:

    I always break in my guns on cheapo wal-mart ammo. If it sucks that down reliably I just pick up a few boxes of Hornady TAP run them through at the range to get a feel for them and adjust the site as necessary. I don't let my carry ammo get more than 6 months old so I'll buy a few more box and shoot what I got. Keeps me in fresh ammo and a decent amount of practice with what I carry.

    • Eric R. Poole

      Great suggestion Joseph. It doesn't appear on this video, but the Gunsite Academy does work in surprise failure drills during their 250 course. Other drills that were practiced are reviewed in the upcoming issue of Personal Defense magazine that should appear on newsstands in September. This article is based on a full review and test of the R1 Enhanced shown here.

  • Talyn

    Nice to see that Remington is enhancing the R1, but the Ruger SR1911 comes with many of the same/similar features at a lower MSRP.

    I am a long-time Remington owner, but will go for a SR1911 for a lower price.

    My .02

    • Eric R. Poole

      I've not put more than 150 rounds through a Ruger SR1911. My boss swears by them, but I can't speak to the pistol's accuracy or reliability yet. I "know" the R1 Enhanced is worth it's price. I'm starting to see them locally for sale in the $7XX price range, much lower than the $900 MSRP I was quoted for the story. I've also shot the Springfield Range Officer that retails for something similar. It's a little different approach (with target shooting features) that has proven itself to me to be just as reliable and even more accurate than the Remington R1 Enhanced. What I'm thrilled to see is that these companies are offering the working masses a high quality pistol that can perform to the level of something twice the price. I build custom 1911s to keep my skills sharp, and I can't build one for less. I must applaud Remington, Springfield and Ruger for their efforts in listening to the consumer in developing these products. Even more good things are just about to appear over the horizon from each.

      Best,

      Eric

      Eric R. Poole, Editor

      SIP Division, InterMedia Outdoors

  • http://n/a Kalena

    Kalena

    Remington R1 is a winner and will keep a price most of us 1911 A-1 45apc gun lovers can purchase. My 1st Remington G I 1911 was in Germany in 1963 and it was a very loose slide and shot good at the range to qualify. I have a Springfield 1911 A-1 45apc Mil-Spec in a stainless steel and much improvement over the old Remington G.I. I would like to see a test firing on Kimber, Wilson, and Les Baer 1911 A-1 45acp next?

    • Eric R. Poole

      What models do you want to see reviewed? Are you suggesting something like a review on basement bargain models from each Kimber, Wilson and Les Baer?

      Best,

      Eric

      Eric R. Poole, Editor

      SIP Division, InterMedia Outdoors

  • Henry

    I would like to see a Taurus PT1911 tested. I have one and have put over 2000 rounds of cheap steel cased ammo and about 500 of good ammo through it with no problems and it shoots a great group.

  • den

    yea nice gun…but…when do we see them in pa. heard about them nobody has them around here. later

    • LBJ1945

      ASK YOUR LOCAL GUN SHOP TO GET SOME. I AM SURE THEY WOULD BE GLAD TOO…

  • dino

    I have over a 1000 rounds through my R1 Enhanced and I love it. I have shot the ruger as well, but the R1 is a fine weapon and worth the difference in price.

  • Stephen Baughman

    If someone might be kind enough to answer a question from a shooting newbie: I inherited a 1991A1 when my father passed recently and have shot a couple boxes through it and keep it clean, but it is way more stiff than what appears to be the case with this nice Remington. As in it takes a firm hand and good force to rack the slide, but the man in this vid @ the 1:50 mark chambers a round easily with his thumb then checks to see a round was chambered with two fingers applied from under the gun. Are proper functioning 1911's supposed to be this loose and is my stiff Colt in need of some gunsmithing or more lube from the rookie owner? A really beautiful gun. If Remington would like to give me one so I can put dad's Colt in the family museum I would oblige.

    Stephen Baughman

  • Ron

    You cant even find a Ruger SR1911 much less a enhanced one.Iam buying the Remie because you can find them.Ruger comes out with a new gun,a year,two years later you still cant get one and if you do it will be priced gouged.Rem comes out with a new gun and within mos. you can get one most any where. I have even found the base mod at Academy Sports here in Tx (big box sporting goods store)so what gives here.I will be buying the Enhanced mod.Tired of waiting on Ruger.Thanks for the report.Ron

  • mark

    ok, where can I buy one??? mark

  • Scott

    Good point about the Ruger SR1911. There were 3 guys at work who all have the 1911 bug and were eagerly awaiting the SR1911. Two finally bought Kimbers and the 3rd one is leaning towards the Rem

    • LBJ1945

      SIR, IF YOU REALLY WANT A FINE 1911, SAVE ALOT OF MONEY & PURCHASE A REMINGTON, 1911, ENHANCED RI… ITS BEAUTIFUL & WILL SHOOT THE GRIPS OFF MOST KIMBERS I EVER OWNED, OR WATCHED IN ACTION !!! THEY ARE CERTAINLY QUITE OVER PRICED FOR WHAT YOU GET… SINCE REMINGTON HAS BEEN AROUND THE LONGEST IN THE UNITED STATES, THAT SHOULD SPEAK FOR ITSELF. MY REMINGTON R1 SHOOTS FAR BETTER THAN I COULD EVER DREAM OF HOLDING IT !!! BEST OF LUCK MY FRIEND…

  • Ron

    You can buy one online from Buds Gun Shop.com.They have 5 versions of the R1,two of which are out of stock @this writing.11/29/2011 The enhanced IS in stock for a tad over 700.00

  • Ron

    Gallery of Guns.com shows 99 in stock as of 11/30/2011.

  • Stog

    The R-1 Enhanced is the first 1911 I've owned. I've shot plenty of 1911s before but never had one of my own. I have plenty of other firearms of all types but have stayed away from the 1911s cause of price and I just didn't know anything about them. I talked to plenty of people who knew much more about them than I did and decided I was going to try one for my own. I picked the Remington brand because I have always been a fan of Remington and I possess a multitude of their shotguns and rifles. I've always been scared away by the high priced Kimbers and other custom brands. I just wasn't sold on the fact that paying that much really got you that much of a better gun. I'd love to see some comparisons of the R-1 Enhanced to some of the higher end 1911s. I didn't find a whole lot of that while researching.

  • Jack

    What holsters are Jason and Mike wearing?

  • Henry Emenecker

    After reading good reports in {Gun Tests Paper} I ordered the Rem 1911 R1, Enhanced.
    Now that I have read all the praises above,I know I made the right decision.
    Just waiting action from N.J. powers that be.

  • P B McGeough

    From Canada:
    My 1911 RI has been a constant source of pleasure without any problems.I shoot it, I clean it, I shoot it, I clean it.
    I have even used an extra mag bought as after market and was told the clip was made in China. I have not had any problems to date and I shoot factory and my own handloads. Hollow points, round nose lead and FMJ without any issues. It shoots better than me and it is fun on the range. The weight eats the recoil and I recommend it to any and all!!

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