Remington R1 Enhanced .45 ACP


Reaching the century mark is a testament to the timeless…

Reaching the century mark is a testament to the timeless aspects of John Browning’s design. While maintaining the celebrated fundamentals of the M1911, Remington takes it up a notch with the R1E.

John Browning’s Model 1911 has passed the century mark of service to the American military, and the gun industry celebrated that fact with several of their own renditions of this handgunning standard. Retooled to again make a handgun that hasn’t come off its lines in 90 years is Remington’s R1 series of G.I.-style .45 ACP pistols.

The new R1E features a 5˝ barrel and employs a traditional barrel bushing with no full-length guide rod system.

Throughout Remington’s early history, Eli Remington and his heirs gained their reputation by building military long arms. That tradition continued, with their business waning between wars. A fervent patriot, the elder Remington began ramping up factory size to meet production demands brought on by the Civil War, only to die and leave his sons to carry on their legacy. When the War Between the States ended, so did Remington’s fortunes. Marcellus Hartley recognized the value of selling ammunition outweighed the sporadic commerce afforded by selling long arms to the United States Army Ordnance Department, so he purchased the vestiges of Remington and combined the UMC (United Metallic Cartridge) with the gun-making giant.

The R1E’s trigger broke cleanly and crisply with very little overtravel, which is the hallmark of an accurate and well-built semi-auto pistol.

Fast-forward about 40 years through the advent of smokeless powder and the creative genius of John Moses Browning to a time of global unrest. When America entered World War I in 1918, 10,000 troops were joining the fight every day. To equip these men, an array of small arms were manufactured in the preceding months. Included in the World War I military contracts (finally completed in 1925) were approximately 650,000 M1911 pistols. Approximately 21,676 U.S. Model of 1911 pistols rolled off the lines in Remington’s Ilion, New York, plant before the Armistice in November 1918. Today, the Remington-UMC-marked pistols are highly sought after collector pieces. Ironically, Remington’s sell-off of its typewriter patents in 1886 created the office machine company that became Remington-Rand, a manufacturer of World War II-era M1911A1 pistols.

A red fiber optic sight provides the shooter with a high-visibility aiming point that enhances shot-to-shot accuracy capabilities.

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  • Michael E. O’Hara

    I bought my Rem1911R1E in Nov 2011. I installed a W/C extended slide stop as I have small hands and it makes a quicker return to fire position easier and faster. Other than swapping out the hand grips for faux ivory with the Marine logo I haven’t done much to it. I did polish the insides of the slide with some 300 grit wetsand paper and lubed it good with some GunButter. I used the two Rem mags and two W/C tacticals along with two Tripp Cobras. My first attempt was to see if I could get some sort of malfunction. I put three 50 rd boxes (FMC/HP) thru it as fast as I could pull the trigger without mishap. The next week at the range we started shooting targets. 7yds was good as was 15yds. I tried again at 25yds and put 32 of 35 in an 8 inch circle on a 12×16 silhouette.

    The only thing I don’t like are the crummy Hi-Viz sights. As for a S&W M&P, I have one of those as well in a full size .45. It is the safest of the two weapons, holds more rounds and when you get used to the heavier trigger because it is a striker it has been my go to gun. It has nuclear night sights and lays on my pillow at night. It’s really B/A

  • Tom

    I bought mine last November. Before taking it to the range I did the basic clean up on it,oiled it up and took it out and ran about 100 rounds through the pistol and had a couple of fte’s and ftf’s not bad for a new pistol. Over the next two weeks I put another 200 rounds down range with a couple more fte’s and ftf’s. since then I’ve run another 500 rounds through the pistol with no problems at all, it has eaten everything I’ve fed it,even steel cased ammo no problem. Well after running close to 1000 rounds through it I decided it was time to do a complete disassmbly and cleaning. I got the pistol down to the magazine release, the last step to remove the trigger and one side of the screw snapped off. All I can say, I’m pretty disappointed. A screw that important to the disassembly of the pistol should be tempered or heat treated. The good news I’ve got the platnium service agreement, guaranteed seven day turn around on repairs. We shall see? Don’t get me wrong this is not a knock on Remington I have a safe full of Remington firearms and have never had any problems with any of them. The only complaints I have about the pistol itself, it needs a heavier recoil spring and a regular white dot front sight. I can’t see that red front sight, could be old eyes. With all that said the Remington 1911 enhanced is a bargain at 800.00 SEMPER FI JARHEADS!

  • Kris L. Quick

    Oh and to Gary, I picked mine up for 840, but saw a used one for 629.. worth the price

  • Kris L. Quick

    Love this gun,classic 1911 with a modern style. I was stuck on the S&W M&P 45 but I saw this laying next to the one I was about to buy and as soon as it touched my hand I fell in love with it, bought it. My friends are already asking me what upgrades I am going to to to it, and honestly probably nothing till it needs a new spring, this gun is near perfect, there is only one thing negative I can say about this gun, and that is the red right up from, only because I and color blind to reds and like colors so I can barely see it, but will soon be fixed with a green sight bar, love this gun and have a feelin it will become an heirloom for ox children.

  • TO Whom…A beautiful handgun. Would love to own one. Curious of the pricing?