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Remington Model 51 380 ACP, about $500

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Though this Model 51 showed its age with missing bluing and a rough barrel, it still shot well and reliably. This was the best-pointing handgun any of us have handled. Recoil was low, too. It features a floating breech block and both a grip and thumb safety. The gun worked well, but its trigger pull was terrible.

Remington Model 51 380 ACP, about $500

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Though of good pattern and actually part of the slide, these sights were microscopic. The gun pointed so well it could be argued you donít need sights, but serious handgunners do. These were not adjustable, nor did they need adjustment. The cross-filing on the slide top cut glare very well.
Donít try this disassembly at home! The Remington M51 may look like a simple design, but if you donít know exactly what youíre doing, we donít recommend field stripping this old pistol. Note the small firing pin and its spring. The new R51 9mm design keeps these within the floating breech, preventing their accidental loss.

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