I had high hopes that Remington had figured out the problems with the R51 9mm pistol. Being that it was based upon a design by John Pedersen, the Cruffler in me was excited when it first came out. They have had two years since they recalled the pistol to make corrections in manufacturing and design.
If the problem encountered with hollow point bullets by the Military Arms Channel is any indication, they have some more work to do if they want it to be considered a true carry gun. That is because most people unless they live in New Jersey carry hollow point ammo in their carry gun. As you can see in the video below, the hollow point cartridge “dives” on the second or third round shot.
The other thing that would make me leery of buying a R51 is the difficulty in field stripping it and reassembling it. I just know I’ll miss one step and have to start over from the beginning.
I know people dumped on Remington for their mistakes with the first R51 especially after the glowing reviews it got based upon pre-production samples. That said, I don’t know many who didn’t want them to get it right on their second attempt.