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Great news for owners of Remington's R51 pistol.

The Remington R51 subcompact pistol was introduced at the 2014 SHOT show. It is an updated version of the companies model 51 380 ACP pistol that was designed by John Pederson back in 1917. Unfortunately, the field performance of this pistol has been lackluster to say the least. Some users have experienced various reliability problems including bulging cases, which indicate that the action was opening before pressures dropped to a safe level - a very dangerous condition.

Other problems of a less serious nature such as rough edges and loose sights were found. Remington reconized the existance of these problems in the production units. They state that the problems are due to the product being rushed into production and that the prototype pistols functioned flawlessly.

To their credit, Remington has ceased production of the pistols in order to iron out the bugs and plans to restart production in October. They have stepped up to the plate by offering to exchange these pistols for the new, properly functioning ones. In addition, Remington will include two free magazines as well as a custom Pelican case. Kudos for Remington!

Here is Remington's statement:

July 25, 2014

Remington R51 Pistol Product Update

Earlier this year, we launched the innovative R51 subcompact pistol to critical acclaim. During testing, numerous experts found the pistol to function flawlessly. In fact, they found it to have lower felt recoil, lower muzzle rise and better accuracy and concealability than other products in its class.

However, after initial commercial sales, our loyal customers notified us that some R51 pistols had performance issues. We immediately ceased production to re-test the product. While we determined the pistols were safe, certain units did not meet Remington’s performance criteria. The performance problems resulted from complications during our transition from prototype to mass production. These problems have been identified and solutions are being implemented, with an expected production restart in October.

Anyone who purchased an R51 may return it and receive a new R51 pistol, along with two additional magazines and a custom Pelican case, by calling Remington at (800) 243-9700.
The new R51 will be of the same exceptional quality as our test pistols, which performed flawlessly.

We appreciate your patience and support.

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                                                              How To Reload On A Shoestring Budget

For those of you that think you may like to try your hand at reloading but don't want to invest a lot of money into something until you've

tried it, or don't have the space available for a conventional setup, the Lee Loader is for you! The Lee Loader is absolutely the least

expensive way to get into reloading that there is. But just because it is inexpensive doesn't mean quality is sacrificed. With the Lee

Loader you can tailor make ammo that is more accurate, in your firearm, than factory ammo. According to Lee, “at one time ammunition

loaded with a Lee Loader held a world record listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for more than seven years.” They also claim,

and I agree, that “it will pay for itself in just an hour or two.”

 

The loader comes with everything needed to load one cartridge. There are other relatively inexpensive loaders on the market, but they

all require the user to purchase a separate set of dies before use. This is not the case with the Lee Loader in fact, you do not even have

to buy a powder scale, as the loader comes with a powder dipper. If you want more versatility, however, you can purchase a set of

powder dippers made by Lee at a very nominal price. This leaves you with only the need to buy primers, powder, and bullets to get

started.

 

Let's briefly go through the steps on loading a straight walled pistol cartridge such as the 9mm. The first thing you want to do is inspect

your fired cases and discard any with defects such as split case mouths, indications of head separation or anything that would make

them unsuitable for reloading. Make sure the cases are clean and then give them a light coating of case lube.

 

Next put a case into the sizing die and, using a wooden or rawhide mallet, tap the case flush with the bottom of the die. Then drive out

the case using the supplied de-capping rod. This not only removes the case, but also deprimes the case at the same time.

 

Now insert a fresh primer by setting it on a small steel button that is in the center of the priming platform. Place the deprimed case on

this primer and tap it down over the primer with the rod supplied for this purpose.

 

The next step is to add powder to the case. To do this use the scoop to dip the powder, level it off with any straight edge, and pour it

into the case. To make this easier, a funnel is built into the sizing die.

 

The case is now primed and charged and is ready for the bullet to be inserted. The easiest way to adjust the bullet seating die is to use

an unfired factory round and screw the seating stem down until it contacts the round. Now stand the case on a flat surface, place the

seating die over it, and drop in a bullet, insert the seating stem and tap the stem until it bottoms out on the face of the die. That's all

there is to it! You now have a completed round that is ready to be fired.

 

 Note: The Lee Loader may not give satisfactory results in rifles other than bolt actions.  

 The reason is that the loader neck sizes rifle cartridges, not the full length of the cartridge case. Because of this, their can be feeding reliability issues in autos and such where full length resizing is usually recommended.  With a bolt action or a pistol, this is not an issue.    There used to  (and may still) be dies produced for full length residing that were designed to be used with a standard bench vice.  You merely put a lubed case in the die, place it in a vice and tighten up the vice until the case is flush with the bottom of the die.  Remove the die from the vice and tap out the resized case with a supplied steel rod. 

 

Neck sizing, for bolt guns, aids accuracy and extends case life by working the brass less.  The body of the case remains perfectly sized to that particular chamber, with this in mind, those cases should be only used in the gun they were fired in and not used in others.

 

As always read and follow manufactures instructions.

Ted

 

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